The Best 4th of July Cocktail Is the Kentucky Club Margarita

There was once a bad time in this country’s history called Prohibition, when hard-working Americans weren’t permitted to quench their thirst with delicious alcoholic beverages. But Southerners lucky enough to live near the border, especially in Texas, waltzed across it to partake in cocktails in Mexico—and in one place in particular, the Kentucky Club in Juarez. There, Mexicans and Americans sipped cool tequila daisies, called margaritas in Spanish. You see where this is going?

This is the story Alba Huerta recounts in her excellent cocktail book Julep, along with the recipe for a Kentucky Club Margarita, a slightly sweeter take on the original margarita recipe.


1 1/2 oz. Tequila Ocho blanco
3/4 oz. orange liqueur
3/4 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
barspoon agave nectar