Happy National Margarita Day – Here’s a Cocktail (Recipes)

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Did you know today (Feb. 22) is National Margarita Day? It’s hard to find who proclaimed the day as such or how this celebrated drink exactly got its name, it seems that San Diego may have had a part to play.

According to Wikipedia, one of the oldest stories about the invention of the margarita goes like this:

The margarita was invented in 1938 by Carlos “Danny” Herrera at his restaurant Rancho La Gloria, which was halfway between Tijuana and Rosarito, Mexico. It is claimed that the drink was created for customer Marjorie King, who was allergic to many spirits, but not to tequila. This story was told by bartender Albert Hernandez, who popularized the margarita in San Diego after 1947 at the La Plaza restaurant in La Jolla. It is unclear if Hernandez knew Herrera, but he is said to have visited Mexico often.

There are many other stories. One claims that the margarita was first mixed in Juárez, Mexico at Tommy’s Place Bar on July 4, 1942 by Francisco “Pancho” Morales. Morales later left bartending in Mexico to become a US citizen, where he worked as a milkman for 25 years. Mexico’s official news agency Notimex and many experts have said Morales has the strongest claim to having invented the margarita.

A basic margarita is a cocktail of tequila, triple sec and lime garnished with salt on the glass’ rim. It is the most common tequila drink in the United States. Even if we don’t know its exact origin, we can still enjoy this concoction.

If you are looking for places to celebrate in San Diego, check out Casa Guadalajara in Old Town or Playa Grill & Margarita Bar in Mission Valley, just to name a few.

If you want to try your skills at home, we suggest going simple. Avoid the sweet and sour (which will make tomorrow morning easier).  When in doubt, opt for what is termed a “skinny” margarita – which really only means it uses fresh juice…

Best, Simple Margarita Recipe

3 oz tequila
2 oz Cointreau or triple sec
1 oz lime juice

Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice and serve in a glass rimmed with salt. Add a lime wedge for flair.

‘Fix the Mix’ Margarita

Ever wonder how to make that margarita mix from the store taste better? We’ve got a solution.

4 oz margarita mix
1 oz tequila (omit if using a mix with alcohol – or add more – up to you)
1 – 1 1/2 oz orange juice
*The recipe is not exact. Adjust to taste.

Want a creative take on the classic? Check out this recipe from DrinkerMixer.com

Catalina Margarita Recipe

1 1/2 oz 1800® Tequila
1 oz peach schnapps
1 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
4 oz sweet and sour mix

Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail or margarita glass.

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