More fun facts and Margarita recipes for National Margarita Day.
The original Margarita was invented in 1948 by socialite Margarita Sames. According to the legend, it was during a party at her cliff side hacienda in Acapulco that Margarita began experimenting with “the drink.” Looking for something to cut the dust of a hot afternoon, she mixed Tequila Herradura, Cointreau and fresh lime juice. Her cocktail kept the party going for two weeks and today the Margarita is the #1 most popular cocktail in the U.S.
* The Margarita was the most popularly ordered drink in 2008, representing 18 percent of all mixed drink sales in the U.S., followed by the Martini, Rum and Coke, Vodka and Tonic, and the Cosmopolitan (Cheers On-Premise Handbook 2008)
* On average, Americans consume 185,000 Margaritas per hour (Brown-Forman, 2008)
* Margarita consumption peaked in the South accounting for 34.9 percent of sales; markets include Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Texas etc. (Cheers On-Premise Handbook 2008)
* Atlanta, Miami, St. Louis and Nashville are among the best major metro cities for the Margarita (Cheers On-Premise Handbook 2008)
* The first frozen margarita machine was invented in 1971 and it was based on a soft-serve ice cream machine
Take a cocktail or rocks glass and rub the lime wedge around the rim, dip rim in the salt.
- 1 ½ oz Tequila
- ½ oz Triple Sec
- 1 oz Lime Juice or Sweet & Sour
- Bar Salt
- Lime squeeze
In a shaker with ice combine tequila, triple sec, & lime juice. Shake well a strain into the cocktail glass.
On the Rocks: Fill a salted bucket glass with ice. Build this ‘Maggie’ right in the glass.
Mad about Margarita
- 1 oz Cabo Wabo reposado tequila
- 1 oz triple sec
- 1 oz Cointreau
- 1 oz Southern Comfort
- 1 oz pineapple juice
Add crushed ice. Pour into a margarita glass and garnish with a lime.
- 1 ½ oz Cabo Wabo blanco tequila
- 2 ½ oz pepper mix*
Lime wedge or whole red pepper for garnish
Combine the Cabo Wabo Tequila and pepper mix with ice into a cocktail shaker. Roll the contents from one shaker into another five times, then strain into a chilled margarita glass and garnish with lime or red pepper.
*To make pepper mix, combine 3 parts tomato juice, 1 part fresh sour and 1 part red pepper puree. Add Habanero Tabasco sauce to taste.