For those looking for a quick fix on this cloudy Monday evening, it may help to know that this is National Margarita Day. Although there seems to be some discrepancy about where and when the margarita originated, this just makes for a better story.
One story names socialite Margarita Sames of Acapulco as the inventor of the cocktail in 1948. It is said that she was trying to take the edge off on a arid, hot day so she decided to experiment with the drink. She mixed Tequila Herradura with Cointreau and fresh lime juice, and named the drink after herself.
But according to “Mr. Boston’s Official Bartender’s Guide,” Francisco Morales is the inventor of the margarita and he claimed he created it six years prior to Margarita Sames. He called it Margarita because in Spanish, it means daisy.
Still, there are at least four others who have claimed to be the mixed drink’s inventor, the earliest dating back to Mexico City in 1934.
Whatever the story may be, the margarita is a tastey cocktail all the same. it consists of ½ ounces of tequila, 1 ounce of Cointreau or Triple Sec, ½ ounce of lime juice and a lime wedge or garnish.
Americans consume about 185,000 margarita cocktails per hour, according to Tequila Herradura, a tequila producer. That truly is amazing, considering that America is said to be the largest market for tequila, beating out its birthplace, Mexico.
By Alandria Powell