National Margarita Day
Celebrated on the 22nd of February each year, this fun-filled holiday of fruit-infused tequila celebrates the most beloved drink of America, Margaritas.
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Why National Margarita Day?
You see, how the first margarita came into existence is a question all of us have. There are many legends and stories as to how they came about. The earliest one dates back to 1938 when Danny Herrera made it in his restaurant for hit dancer Marjorie King since she was allergic to spirits but not tequila. That innovation was the birth of the beloved drink. While his claim is plausible, there is another. Francisco Pancho Morales of Mexico says he created the cocktail in 1942 and then left his job as a bartender and moved to the US. Another story: Margarita Sames claimed to have mixed the drink in her vacation home for her friends. Guess who one of the party attendees was- Tommy Hilton! He brought it back to his hotel and added it to the menu. And then, Jose Cuervo was running a campaign in 1945, with the catchphrase being “Margarita: It’s more than a girl’s name.”
So, we celebrate this drink. It is the domain of a good time and comes in a variety of mixes; you name it.
The day celebrates the characteristic fun of the drink- just hold it in your hand, and it screams of recklessness, joy, and excitement with a bit of exuberance. There are studies that prove that margarita drinkers are a lot more “energetic and outgoing” than the average.
The battle also adds to the thrill. What battle, you ask? Blended or on the rocks! Blended leaves you fighting a brain freeze, and on the rocks, well, on the rocks simply does not let you reach the bottom. So, what is better? It is a never-ending war.
The third reason is the most obvious: the taste. How delicious are these smooth, sweet, fresh little packages of surprise! It is a true delight, and one with so many flavors, it definitely sits at the top of the happy hour list. There were surprisingly many studies on margaritas and the way they appeal to taste buds. For starters, 76% of Americans enjoy margaritas. No surprise here. 67% prefer a blended margarita. 30% of Americans say that their favorite happy hour drink is, drum roll, a margarita!
Given all of this, we only celebrate the heavenly mix of a beverage that we enjoy so thoroughly today.
How Can We Observe National Margarita Day:
- A match made in heaven
Pair a few margaritas with tacos. When they created the word perfection, this is definitely what they had in mind. Speaking of pairing, if you don’t like that idea, you can also combine your favorite things. For example, bake a Margarita pie, which is exactly like a key lime pie but with added tequila. You can find many recipes online, and guess what, some of them don’t even need to be baked!
- Host a mix off
A mix-off is just like a cook-off, only here, the battle is between two margaritas! Form groups, and each participant of each group come up with a drink, and then you decide which one is blended and mixed to perfection.
- Drink a margarita
The simplest way. Mix your own margarita or go to a bar and get one. Either way, pick what you love and click a picture. Don’t forget to post them all over your social media handles! Use hashtags #NationalMargaritaDay #MargaritaDay.
Interesting Facts on National Margarita Day:
Here are some facts to drink up with that delicious margarita for the day!
- There’s a reason why there’s salt on the rim of your glass. No, it is not purely decorative. The point is to bring out the sweetness of the drink. The salt intensifies the aromas and flavors of the drink.
- The world’s largest margarita was mixed in, no surprises here, Las Vegas. The Flamingo Hotel’s Margaritaville was the home of the hugest margarita, and the drink was, gasps, 8500 gallons! It was served in a 17-foot tall tank and took 300 hundred hours to create. It was called a “Lucky Rita” and was mixed to celebrate the casino’s opening.
- How much would you pay for a margarita? Behold, I’m here to tell you that the most expensive margarita cost $1200! It was created in Manhattan, the 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar and Penthouse Lounge. The ingredients used were super high-end, with the tequila costing $1800 a bottle. The ice was made of $450 botles of ois Roederer Cristal Champagne. The margarita was eventually poured into a Ralph Lauren Hungarian Crystal glass, hand blown. This can be taken home afterward. Half the money was donated to charity.
- For $30,000, for valentine’s day 2015, the Iron Cactus, Austin offered a margarita that came with a very expensive pair of diamond earrings. It was all set up by the bar’s romance expert.
- Guess what, you can now eat your margarita and not get a brain freeze. At the Texas State fair, a margarita was served in the fried form. The funnel cake was run through a margarita mixer, fried, and later soaked in margarita again, and all of this is served with whipped cream and a salt-rimmed glass.
- Think you can make the best margaritas? You’re not alone. The Tucson Originals and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance bring a World Margarita Championship each year, where bartenders from Tucson create their margaritas. The visitors can also vote for the “people’s choice” category.
- Back in 2008, 185,000 margaritas per hour in the USA were consumed. This is the record high for margarita consumption ever recorded.
- There is a national saying for National Margarita Day: “One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.”
History of National Margarita Day:
The date of foundation remains unknown. Todd McCalla founded the National Margarita Day because he believed that there was a need “to spread his love for margaritas around the world.” He formed the day to “celebrate margaritas, plain and simple.” And now, we all get to celebrate the drink we cherish most.