The margarita at Hussong’s, the most famous cantina in Ensenada
Legend goes Margarita Henkel, daughter of the German ambassador, came into the Hussong’s cantina just as the barman was trying out a new mix tequila, lime juice and Damiana liquor. Admittedly the new cocktail was received with enthusiasm, for that same day it was christened and soon it would conquer bars around the world. Few things have changed at Hussong’s since that day.
Hussong’s is the oldest canteen in Ensenada. Open in 1892, it was first an inn for stagecoaches and keeps that frontier flavor. Go during the day to take your time and enjoy your margarita. The light filters through the glasses at the entrance but the room insists on staying in the warm semi-darkness. Green and red on the walls, barely seen behind photos, paintings, memories and menus. The barman’s image reflects on the tired mirror behind the bar, flanked by a century of memorabilia. Stories of the border. At night, partying and music take over this classic of Ensenada.
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