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.
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!