Tuesday, February 22, America will follow up President’s Day holiday with another day of celebration: Today is NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY in the USA!
In honor of America’s favorite mixed drink, we’d like to share with you some of the stories and factoids about the origins of what has become America’s favorite mixed drink. (Plus, a bunch of margarita recipes.)
Origins of the Margarita
Though there are many speculations and stories as to who invented the margarita, the stories below have become the most commonly accepted:
- In 1934, “Willie” a bartender in Martamoros called Los Dos Republicas created a special drink for Marguerite Hemery.
- Alongside his brother David, Danny Negrete opened a bar at the Garci Crispo Hotel in 1936. The day before David’s wedding, Danny presented his soon to be sister-in-law, Margarita, with a special cocktail named in her honor. The drink was a combination of triple sec, tequila and lime juice.
- In 1938, famed Mexican bartender at the Riviera del Pacifico Hotel and Casino, Danny Herrera, developed the margarita in an attempt to woo American actress Marjorie King, who could only drink tequila, but could not drink it straight.
- In October of 1941, Don Carlo Orozoco concocted the mixture of equal parts tequila, Damiana and lime, served in a salt-rimmed glass for Margarita Henkel, daughter of a German Ambassador to Mexico.
- During the early 1940’s, Enrique Bastate Gutierrez created the cocktail in honor of Rita Hayworth (nee Margarita Hayworth), an American actress who worked as a dancer at the Foreign Club in Tijuana where Gutierrez was employed.
- According to a promotional flyer for the renowned Balinese Room in Galveston, Texas, bartender Santos Cruz created the margarita for singer Peggy (Margaret) Lee in 1948.
- In December 1948, Margaret Sames created the drink at her Acapulco bar. In fact, the first national appearance of the drink appeared in the December 1953 issue of Esquire magazine and credited Sames for its creation.