The cold days of mid-winter are a great time to think of warm weather and beach locations – hence the reason National Margarita Day was created. Celebrated on Feb. 22, the day celebrates “good friends, good times and someplace warm.”
The classic margarita is made with tequila, lime and triple sec. The drink is traditionally served with salt around the rim of the glass, and is the most popular tequila-based cocktail in the United States.
Legend says the drink was invented in 1938 by Carolos “Danny” Herrera at his restaurant in Mexico.
However, reports on the drink’s origins vary. The “Daisy” was a popular brandy drink in the 1930s and a margarita (Spanish for “daisy”) is just that drink remade with tequila instead of brandy.
The first known publication of a margarita recipe was in a 1953 issue of Esquire.
While the cocktail’s origins are murky, it’s transformation into a popular frozen drink is more concrete.
Frozen margaritas can trace their roots to Dallas, Texas. Tex-Mex restaurant owner Mariano Martinez modified an old soft-serve ice cream machine to churn out frozen margaritas to keep up with the demand for margaritas.
That very first frozen margarita machine can now be viewed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
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