Any good Texan knows that, once the winter chill thaws, sipping a cold margarita on an outdoor patio is an essential weekend activity. To celebrate what may as well be the official drink of Texas, we’re more than happy to pucker up and endure a brain freeze on February 22: National Margarita Day.
The margarita has a bit of a contentious past, since more than one person claims to be the drink’s original inventor. According to Smithsonian Magazine, the two top contenders are a Tijuana restaurant owner named Danny Herrera and a Dallas socialite named Margarita Sames, both of whom claim they came up with the first margarita while entertaining friends in high places. Herrera claims he created the iconic beverage for a picky actress named Marjorie King, while Sames chalked her version up to a simple stroke of genius she had on vacation at her Acapulco home.
And while we may never know who exactly invented the margarita first, we do know that the first frozen margarita (and the iconic machine used to keep ’em coming) was most definitely invented right here in Dallas by restaurateur Mariano Martinez.
In fact, the original prototype of the machine is now property of the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. According to the Dallas Morning News, the margarita machine was more than just a handy way to produce a cold and consistent beverage—it actually saved Martinez’s restaurant and came to represent a new type of American entrepreneurism.
Now that you’re armed with a proper history of your favorite frozen beverage, you can get ready to celebrate with our very own special sweet and citrusy margarita recipe.
Happy Margarita Day!