It’s Wednesday, so it’s almost the weekend, right? Weekend or not, today is officially National Margarita Day! How will you be celebrating? To ring in this very exciting holiday, we’ve gathered some fun facts on our favorite cocktail.
Loved and consumed by thousands, friends and families around the world honor this sacred tequila, triple sec and lime drink every year on February 22. The national Margarita Day is upon us once again. This day is not as celebrated as Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day, but in my opinion, it should be a national holiday. Margarita Day was started to celebrate the margarita, plain and simple. Friendship, good times and memories of somewhere warmer are all great reasons to enjoy a margarita.
Did you know…
- The margarita was invented in 1938 by Carlos “Danny” Herrera in his Rancho La Gloria restaurant halfway between Tijuana and Rosarito in Mexico? It was crafted for customers and former Ziegfeld dancer Marjorie King, who was allergic to all alcohol except Tequila.
- The margarita found its way stateside when Herrera and bartender Albert Hernandez made a significant splash on a San Diego cocktail menu in 1947 at the La Plaza restaurant.
- Frozen margaritas were invented later in 1970’s when an inventive bartender converted a soft serve ice cream unit into a frozen margarita machine.
Here are a few tips why a margarita can also be healthy:
- When you drink tequila, it is easy for your body to absorb the calcium and the mineral keeps your bones strong and healthy. Also the whole digestive system is stimulated.
- It may be diabetes-friendly – it will have less of an impact on blood sugar.
- It can fight cholesterol – will reduce your overall levels of bad cholesterol.
- It may help to prevent colds – The mixture of Vitamin C and the agave nectar’s nutrients help to ward off colds, relieves sore throats, and reduces bacteria in the intestines.
- It can aid in weight loss – A shot Tequila can help you lose weight because of the calcium.
Now get to mixing!
- Lime wedge, plus 2 lime wheels for garnish
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt, for glass rims
- 4 ounces high quality tequila
- 2 ounces Cointreau
- 1 1/2 ounces fresh juice from 2 limes
- Run lime wedge around the outer rims of two rocks glasses and dip rims in salt. Set aside.
- In cocktail shaker, combine tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. Fill with ice and shake until thoroughly chilled, about 15 seconds (the bottom of a metal shaker should frost over).
- Fill glasses with fresh ice and strain margarita into both glasses. Garnish with lime wheels and serve.