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When is National Margarita Day celebrated? Always February 22
see Reasons To Celebrate February 22
What is this Holiday for?
To honor and enjoy a nice cold glass of margarita!  That's right the drink called margarita has it's own day and man are we glad! It may be a little known holiday but what a great Drink Holiday it is.

The margarita is the most common tequila-based cocktail in the United States, made with tequila mixed with triple sec and lime or lemon juice, often served with salt on the glass rim.

Origin of this Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. This holiday is referred to as a "National" day as all food & drink holidays are. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday to celebrate.

This holiday has been celebrated for several years and many websites discuss the different flavors of margarita. Lounges and bars usually do drink specials on National Margarita Day.

Origin of the Margarita
"There are many stories about who invented the margarita and why. The following are perhaps the most commonly repeated tales of the creator of the margarita cocktail:

Barman "Willie" from Mexico City, 1934 in the employ of the Melguizo Family
Marguerite Hemery lived in the Rio Grande Valley since the 1930s and went to a restaurant in Matamoros called Los Dos Republicas. She was friends with the owner and, as the story goes, his bartender composed a special drink for her.

Danny Negrete, 1936
Ratios: 1:1:1 = 6:6:6 (33% tequila, 33% Triple Sec, 33% fresh lime juice).
According to Salvador Negrete, the son of Daniel Negrete, the family story goes that Daniel opened a bar at the Garci Crispo hotel with his brother, David. The day before David's marriage, Daniel presented the margarita as a wedding present to Margarita, his sister-in-law.
It was a combination of one-third Triple Sec, one-third tequila and one-third squeezed Mexican lime juice. The drink was not blended and was served with hand-crushed ice.

Danny Herrera, 1938
In Ensenada, Mexico, Danny Herrera, a renowned Mexican bartender who worked at the Riviera del Pacifico Hotel and Casino was completely in love with Marjorie King, an American actress who hated taking tequila pure. Tequila was also the only liquor that her body could tolerate. Thus, with the intention of wooing her, Herrera used his ingenuity to bring together flavors to meet Marjorie's tastes, until he finally found one of the world's most famous drinks.

Enrique Bastate Gutierrez, early 1940s
Gutierrez, who lived in Tijuana, Mexico, boasted to have created the Margarita as a homage to actress Rita Hayworth, whose real name was Margarita Cansino.
Other versions of the story claim the Margarita was indeed named after the actress, but in the 1930s, before she adopted her screen name. As a teenager, Margarita Cansino worked as a dancer at the Foreign Club, in Tijuana, where she supposedly inspired a bartender.

Francisco "Pancho" Morales, 4th of July, 1942
A bartender, Pancho Morales invented the margarita on July 4, 1942, at a
Ciudad Juárez bar named Tommy's Place. Supposedly, a woman request-
ed a Magnolia (brandy, Cointreau, and an egg yolk topped with
Champagne). Morales was a little fuzzy on the recipe; he improvised and
his ersatz creation was a big hit.

Santos Cruz, 1948
According to the promotional flyer for the legendary Balinese Room in
Galveston, Texas, head bartender Santos Cruz created the Margarita for
singer Peggy (Margaret) Lee in 1948. The Balinese Room was opened in
1941 and was Texas's finest nightclub with A/C, casino gambling, superb
food and drinks, and stellar entertainment until the Texas Rangers finally
shut it down in 1957.

Margaret Sames, December 1948
Ratios: 2:1:1 = 4:2:2 (50% tequila, 25% Triple Sec, 25% fresh lime juice).
Sames, who created the drink at her Acapulco bar, gave the reason of being "close with a lot of famous hotel and restaurant people" in introducing the margarita.
Sames used one part Cointreau, two parts tequila and one part lime juice for her margarita. Knowing that most people drank tequila preceded by a lick of salt, she chose to garnish her cocktail with a rim of coarse salt.
Sames moved to El Paso, TX in 1958 where she was well known for her lavish parties. In 1982 she appeared on NBC's Today show demonstrating the proper way to make a margarita.

How can this Holiday be celebrated?
Host a  Party! Everybody loves parties so drag out those margarita recipes & have a margarita get-together.
Send Free Internet Invitations by email to all your friends!

See Also: Reasons to celebrate February 22

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