Miss Margarita Monday? Celebrate Thirsty Thursday!

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Did you miss National Margarita Day on Monday? We’ve got you covered in case you didn’t get to indulge on Monday after work or hitting the slopes. The classic cocktail is one of our favorite year round drinks that can be served salty or sweet. Do you know the history of the Margarita? According to the Smithsonian there are two top contenders who claim they invented the delicious cocktail. The most famous account comes out of Tijuana in 1938 where Carlos “Danny” Herrera developed this drink at his restaurant, Rancho La Gloria. The legend states that Herrera dreamed up the cocktail for one of his customers, actress Marjorie King, who was allergic to all hard alcohol besides tequila. She was a fussy client, so he combined the elements of the traditional tequila shot and turned it into a refreshing drink.

unnamed (1)Margarita Sames, a wealthy Dallas socialite, also claims that she invented the margarita in 1948 for her friends who were visiting her vacation home in Acapulco. She had many well-connected guests at the party including Tommy Hilton. He eventually added the drink to his bar menu at his hotel chain and named the drink “The Margarita” after Sames. While we will never know for sure who invented the original margarita we owe them a big “Thank You!” for creating a staple on our bar menus.

Over the years there have been many variations of the margarita created. Some people like it spicy and some like it sweet. I recently traveled to Florida and enjoyed a delicious margarita that was the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. This orange sunset margarita is easy to make and will help you get through one more work day until the weekend, enjoy!

Orange Sunset Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Patron Silver
  • 1/3 cup triple sec
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon fruit punch
  • 2 twists fresh lime peel
  • fresh fruit
  • sugar

Instructions

  • Pour all ingredients into mixer over ice. Shake well. Rim glass with sugar. Pour ingredients into sugar rimmed glass and garnish with a slice of fresh fruit, pineapple or orange slices are great.
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Mollie is a native Cape Codder who learned at an early age how to put a lobster to sleep, harvest cranberries, and dig for clams. After high school she followed her sense of adventure out west to the University of Wyoming where she graduated with marketing and communication degrees. She found herself making roots in Jackson, her fiance’s hometown, and using her sales skills combined with her love of anything delicious to join the Dishing sales team. She loves baking from scratch, large glasses of red wine, and hiking with her heeler, Newton. She’ll try anything, but remains a stuck up Cape Codder when it comes to seafood. If she didn’t catch it or see it come off the boat, don’t even try tempting her.

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