February 22 is National Margarita Day, an annual “holiday” that celebrates the refreshing and delicious Margarita.
Tequila is the star of this delicious drink. Add a bit of Cointreau or Triple Sec, fresh lime juice and a salt-rimmed glass, and you’ve got the perfect Margarita. While the actual “inventor” of the Margarita is debatable, Dallas socialite Margarita Sames is often cited for creating the concoction during a party at her Acapulco home back in 1948.
Others attribute Carlos “Danny” Herrera as the drink’s inventor. According to Herrera’s 1992 obituary, he created the drink at his roadside restaurant in Mexico for a beautiful showgirl/actress named Marjorie King. Legend has it King was allergic to hard liquor except for tequila. After some experimentation, Herrera mixed three parts white tequila, two parts Cointreau, fresh lemon juice and shaved ice, and gave the drink a shake. She loved it. He named the drink after her, Margarita, Spanish for Marjorie.
Albert Hernandez Sr., is credited as being the first to “Americanize” the drink when he began serving it in 1947 at the La Plaza restaurant in La Jolla. And the frozen Margarita came decades later when a creative restaurant owner, Mariano Martinez, converted a soft-serve ice cream machine into the World’s First Frozen Margarita Machine in 1971.
Regardless of how the drink got its start, there is no doubt that Americans love Margaritas. Whether you prefer yours straight up, on the rocks or frozen, Margaritas are one of the most popular cocktails in the United States. Celebrate National Margarita Day with one of the following Margarita recipes listed below.
12 Margarita Recipes
- Original 1948 Margarita Recipe – Simple and delicious, this recipe calls for Cointreau, white tequila and lime juice.
- Classic 3-2-1 Margarita – This classic cocktail calls for silver tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, kosher salt and a lime slice.
- Homemade Margarita Mix & Classic Lime Margarita – Why buy when you can make your own?
- Spicy Margarita – Kick things up a notch with this recipe from the cooking channel. You’ll need spicy tequila, Sauza Hornitos tequila, Grand Mariner, Serrano pepper, lime powder, salt, paprika and sweet and sour mix.
- Chocolate Margarita – If your sweet tooth has been craving a little chocolate lately, go grab your spoon! This 5-star recipe calls for tequila, chocolate liqueur, chocolate syrup, heavy cream, orange liqueur, cinnamon, almond extract and bittersweet chocolate.
- Hungry Girls’ Magical Low-Calorie Margarita – This 5-star recipe not only tastes great, but is low in calories too!
- Classic Frozen Margarita – You’ll need Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, simple syrup, coarse salt, lime juice and three cups of ice. Don’t forget the blender!
- Easy Frozen Margaritas – This popular, 5-star recipe calls for frozen limeade concentrate, tequila, Cointreau, lime slices, ice and kosher salt.
- Ultimate Frozen Strawberry Margarita – This popular 5-star recipe calls for tequila, triple sec, frozen sliced strawberries in syrup and frozen limeade concentrate.
- Mango Margaritas – When it comes to mouth-watering recipes, this tropical drink from The Pioneer Woman, calls for two jars of mango chunks, tequila, triple sec, two limes, decorator’s sugar and sugar.
- Pomegranate Margarita Recipe – This pretty-in-pink cocktail calls for tequila, pomegranate juice, simple syrup, Grand Marnier, lime and coarse salt of course!
- Watermelon Margarita – Martha Stewart shares this popular Margarita recipe that calls for tequila, sugar, orange zest, lime wedges, fresh lime juice and watermelon cubes.
- Imbibe. Once Upon a Time in Mexico
- Liquor. Behind the Drink: The Margarita