OVATION: National Margarita Day!
I love a good margarita! Come to think of it I enjoy bad ones, too. At this very moment, there’s a bottle of pre-mixed Jose Cuervo ready-to-drink goodness chilling in our kitchen refrigerator. Always be prepared, right?
Today is National Margarita Day!
For the uninitiated, the margarita is the most common tequila-based cocktail served in the United States. It consists of tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice. There are many legends associated with the origins of the cocktail but two things are certain … margaritas always include tequila and the bartender edges the rim of the glass with salt.
One of my favorite margaritas is a simply mixture found at our local Mexican restaurant. The drinks they serve there aren’t particularly fancy but they’re always cold, they’re affordable and they serve them quickly! While many variations of the classic margarita are available, including fruit flavors and frozen concoctions, I prefer the “classic” recipe.
According to Mexican tradition, when drinking straight tequila (particularly if the quality is bad), the best course of action is to down it in one swallow, suck on a wedge of lime and lick a dash of salt off the back of your hand. It’s not surprising that the lime and salt followed tequila to the margarita glass.
In the December 1953 issue of Esquire magazine, the margarita was the “Drink of the Month” and the recipe was printed, perhaps for the first time, on a large scale. The cocktails popularity was further popularized in 1977 when Jimmy Buffett released his signature song, “Margaritaville”.
National Margarita Day is claimed to have been founded by a few dozen bartenders, so it’s hard to trace its exact origin. But February 22nd is the day to use the #NationalMargaritaDay hashtag to share your love of this thirst-quenching favorite!
Do YOU like margaritas?
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