Today on February 22nd, we observe National Margarita Day. About a dozen bartenders have claimed they are responsible for founding this day, so the exact origin is not traceable. Does it even matter? No, so go grab your limes, tequila and Cointreau or triple sec and let’s celebrate!
In honor of this day, why not talk about the history of Margarita.
Numerous people have declared they invented the cocktail, but here are a few of the well known stories I found on the web.
One of the earliest stories of the Margarita is from 1938, by Carlos “Danny” Herrera. He owned a restaurant named The Rancho La Gloria in
Tijuana, Mexico and the story is that he created the drink for one of his customers, dancer Marjorie King, who was allergic to many spirits, but not to tequila. He created the drink to be a little more palatable versus taking the traditional tequila shots.
Another story is of a Dallas, Texas socialite, Margarita Sames. She claimed that she created the drink during a Christmas party in 1948. Tommy Hilton, owner of the Hilton hotel chain, was at the party and brought back the recipe to begin serving in his hotels.
However, Jose Cuervo was running advertisements for the Margarita three years prior with the slogan, “Margarita: It’s more than a girl’s name”. According to Jose Cuervo, the drink was created by a bartender in 1938, to honor Mexican showgirl, Rita de la Rosa.
In 1971, Mariano Martinez a Mexican American inventor and entrepreneur converted a soft serve ice cream machine in to making margaritas and dubbed it “The World’s First Frozen Margarita Machine”.
Th machine now sits in the Smithsonian National Museum of History.
I’m not too sure which story is true… But to whom ever was the first person to create the Margarita, you are my hero. Only a true genius could create the perfect ratio of citrusy, sweet, sour and salty excellence.
So let’s celebrate today!
And every Monday!
And every weekend!
What the heck, drink Margaritas everyday!