Ola! Sunday is National Margarita Day, a time to celebrate the occasion and raise a salt-rimmed glass to toast the cocktail’s clarifying, crisp and sweet palate tease, especially in the snow bound areas of the country.
The classic Mexican cocktail of tequila, lime juice and Cointreau or Triple Sec is marked every Feb. 22. The drink’s creation dates to the late 1930s or early ’40s according to a story in Smithsonian Magazine:
As with so many popular things, more than one person has claimed to have invented the margarita. One of the most prevalent stories is that Carlos “Danny” Herrera developed the drink at his Tijuana-area restaurant, Rancho La Gloria, around 1938. As the legend goes, Herrera dreamed up the cocktail for one of his customers, an aspiring actress named Marjorie King who was allergic to all hard alcohol other than tequila. To make the liquor more palatable to his fussy client, he combined the elements of a traditional tequila shot—a lick of salt and a wedge of lime—and turned them into a refreshing drink.
Another top contender for the inventor title is Margarita Sames, a wealthy Dallas socialite who claimed she whipped up the drink for friends at her Acapulco vacation home in 1948. Among her well-connected guests was Tommy Hilton, who eventually added the drink to the bar menu at his hotel chain.
According to The Complete Book of Spirits by Anthony Dias Blue, though, the first importer of Jose Cuervo in the United States advertised with the tagline, “Margarita: it’s more than a girl’s name,” in 1945, three years before Sames claimed to have invented the drink.
If you are in Southern California, why not celebrate with a true OLD hip Mexican?
Mexican craft distiller Tapatio Tequila (Founded on July 7, 1937) and LA based Congenial Spirits are hosting a bar crawl on Sunday to get the lime fueled train a chuggin’ along.
Tequila Tapatio is a true Mexican classic brand. The wonderful flavors of Tapatio Tequila 100% Agave are created by using only 100% Blue Agave in a time-honored, handcrafted process that dates back to the early 1900s. La Alteña distillery is located in the mountains in Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico. Double-distilled in small copper pot stills and aged for 6 months in used American oak barrels, Tapatio Blanco is a great example of the Old World style of Tequilas. (40% abv.)
Get to this special party early as Congenial Spirits has very limited Tequila Tapatío T-Shirts…
Ready? Let’s begin:
The Bar Crawl featuring Tequila Tapatio begins at 1:00-3:00 at Petty Cash. Then 3:00-5:00 at Short Order 3PM and finishes at El Carmen Restaurant at 5PM to 7 PM.
Here are some of the Margie versions to look for:
- Hell Fire (lemon, honey, Tequila Tapatio and habanero bitters, grapefruit zest)
- Agave Bravo (Agave, Reposado Tequila Tapatio, Mezcal, and grapefruit peel)
- Tequila Daisy (lemon, orange curacao, Tequila Tapatio)
This is the beauty from El Carmen:
The Margarita Gusano is made with Tapatio Repo, Cucumber Juice, Agave Nectar, Fresh Lime Juice and dressed with Worm salt rim
from Stone, the General Manager at El Carmen (8138 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048)
Here’s what you can find at Short Order (Loteria Grill, 6333 W 3rd St #110, Los Angeles, CA 90036):
Behold the Margarita from Petty Cash (7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, California)
Petty Cash Margarita
- 1/2 part lime
- 1/2 part lemon
- 1 part citrus spiked agave curacao
- 2 parts Tapatio Blanco.
Build in rocks glass and Viva margarita!