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Celebrate National Margarita Day – February 22

Margarita cocktail
Margarita cocktail (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is National Margarita Day. It’s also George Washington’s birthday but now his birthday is lumped in with other Presidents on the third Monday of February. Whatever.

You still have time to celebrate National Margarita Day.

As I write this it’s Friday – 11:30 a.m. in Arizona but it must be cocktail time somewhere.

Did you know that the margarita is the best selling cocktail in the United States?

So who originated the margarita?

According to the article in the New York Daily News, “Like most cocktail lore, there are conflicting sources about the origins of the margarita, but Ford subscribes to one story: The first margarita was created in 1948 by Margaret “Margarita” Sames, a Dallas Socialite who “had a penchant for tequila, and loved Cointreau.” During one party at her Acapulco vacation home – which is said to have lasted two weeks – she served the spirits mixed with fresh lime juice and garnished the rim of the glass with salt.”

Additional theories exist in the Punch Bowl website, “Dozens of people claim that they invented the margarita, including a bartender named Willie from Mexico City. He said that in 1934 he created and named the drink for his friend Marguerite Hemery. Another popular legend is that Carlos “Danny” Herrera developed the drink at his restaurant in Tijuana in 1938. He invented it for Marjorie King, a customer who was allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila, and didn’t like its sour taste.”

You can find classic margarita recipes all over the web but put a chocolate orange twist on it like Jennifer Walker did – Yum!

Tequila has no carbs! Here’s a low carb version

3 oz Lemon Lime Sparkling ICE or any flavored sparkling water
1 ½ oz Tequila
Splash of fresh squeezed orange
Fresh squeezed lime

Directions: Shake and pour into a chilled rocks glass rimmed in salt. Garnish with a lime slice.  100 calories per 6 oz serving.

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