February 22nd is National Margarita Day, a time to celebrate and recognize the world’s number number one cocktail. We are not sure why it falls on this date, a time when it is generally cold across many parts of the United States but we never complain. Instead, we will break out our cocktail shakers, tequila and margarita machine and toast the margarita.
Here are some interesting facts about the beverage:
- According to a 2008 study by Brown-Foreman, American’s drink 185,000 margaritas per hour.
- The World’s largest margarita was created by Nick Nicora. This 10,500 gallon drink contains 4,650 bottles of Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, 8,400 gallons of margarita mix, including 50 gallons of lime mix, and 20 gallons of Cointreau liqueur.
- The first frozen margarita machine was invented in Dallas, Texas by restaurantuer Mariano Martinez who converted a soft-serve ice cream machine into the device.
- The margarita was the most ordered drink in 2010, representing 18% of all US mixed drink sales (Cheers on Premise Handbook, 2010).
- Esquire Magazine is the first known publication to put margarita recipes in print. In their December 1953 edition they listed the drink as:
1 ounce tequila
Dash of Triple Sec
Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon
Pour over crushed ice, stir. Rub the rim of a stem glass with rund of lemon or lime, spin in salt — pour, and sip.
For recommendations on making your own margaritas, try these over 60 Margarita Recipes featured on our website. If you are on Twitter or Instagram, we would enjoy seeing your margarita creations or a picture of you and your friends enjoying one. Don’t forget to include “@margaritatexas #nationalmargaritaday” in your [posts. Follow us @ twitter.com/margaritatexas or instagram/margaritatexas and post your pictures as you celebrate.
How will you be celebrating?
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