Happy National Margarita Day

Written By Katherine White

February 22, 2014


Although summer isn’t near, never fear because National Margarita Day has arrived to sweeten your seasonal blues. The margarita is a signature Mexican cocktail cherished by millions around the globe. Although the tequila drink is a fairly easy concoction, it is still a mystery as to who actually created the cocktail.

Salt or no salt?

Salt or no salt?

Rumor has it that Carlos “Danny” Herrera developed the drink at his Tijuana-area restaurant, Rancho La Gloria, around 1938. Herrera whipped up the mixture for a customer, up-and-coming actress Marjorie King, who was allergic to all liquor besides tequila. He combined a lick of salt and a wedge of lime to transform the elements into a refreshing drink. Another top contender for the inventor title is Margarita Sames, a wealthy Dallas socialite who claimed she mixed the drink for friends at her Acapulco vacation home in 1948. Among her guests was Tommy Hilton, who eventually added the drink to the bar menu at his hotel chain. Anthony Dias Blue, the first importer of Jose Cuervo in the United States, advertised tequila in 1945 with the tagline, “Margarita: it’s more than a girl’s name.” Prior to that, Sames claimed to have invented the beverage.

Even though the creator of the margarita is still unknown, it is obvious the drink is a favorite.

Did you know Americans consume on average 185,000 margaritas an hour?

The margarita made with tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and a dash of salt is simple yet satisfying. The classic form of the margarita is one you know and love, but Visit Lubbock wants to hear about your love of the margarita for a chance to win a cool prize!

Leave a comment on the thread and tell us where YOU go to get your favorite margarita or simply share your best margarita recipe. We’ll choose the winner at random on February 27th. Have fun and good luck!

Other drinks come and go, but the love of a traditional, frosty margarita is eternal.


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