I first chose this cocktail to honour the strange parties we held during the years of the Covid pandemic. The DRIVE-BY Birthdays!

The Story

Almost everyone knew someone who was missing a milestone party that year. Of all the activities that were put on hold by the stay at home orders, kids birthday parties seemed the saddest of sacrifices. But when there’s a will, families and friends found a way. 

Just a quick Google search will still unleash hundreds of websites with ideas and merchandise to help you plan the perfect DRIVE BY birthday. 

Pinterest had thousands of suggestions for kids, elders, special interest birthdays and special celebrations, all socially distanced and contactless. Garage parties – with wide open doors – were also popular.

Thousands of strange/sad parties like this one spread across North America and beyond


It’s just a common Margarita – only with the very best ingredients, and a little special on-top.

As with many successful creations, and the Margarita is one of the most successful drinks ever, there are many competing claims to parentage.  This simple concoction of tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice is served in a variety of forms; frozen, straight up, or on the rocks, and has a host of variants to alter the base flavour.  

The first known publication of a margarita recipe was in the December 1953 issue of Esquire Magazine.

Allegedly, the glass derives its shape from Marie Antoinette’s left breast – she wanted her court to toast to her health by drinking out of bosom-shaped glassware.

Bosoms up!

The Recipe

What you need

2 oz good tequila

For a flavour difference, try a reposado tequila
1 oz Cointreau

3/4 oz fresh lime juice
Dash Grand Marnier floater
What you do

SHAKE the first three ingredients with cracked ice,

STRAIN into a big margarita glass
FLOAT a tablespoon of Grand Marnier on top.
Optional to salt the glass rim. 
Use Sea Salt or Kosher Salt.
Roll the lime to wet the glass. I like to mix a little sugar with the salt for added sweetness.

Margarita glass or other
Lime slice or lemon twist

Speaking of high end…In February 2018, to commemorate the Margarita’s very unofficial 70th birthday (and to celebrate National Tequila Day), Manhattan bartender Marco Antonio created the Silk Stocking Margarita at Selena Rosa. The cocktail made ample use of Clase Azul Ultra añejo tequila, which clocks in at a mere $1,500 a bottle, making the price per rare Mexican-salt-rimmed glass a cool $2,500.

Patrick (Paddy) Moore

Patrick (Paddy) Moore is the author of the series Quarantinis, Eh? featuring cocktails that commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021.

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