8Great: Margarita Facts

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Margarita facts to share on #NationalMargaritaDay with your friends, drinking buddies, and family!

Make sure you check out the video below on how to make a Margarita.

Enjoy!

1. WHERE IS A “MAGGIE” FROM?

No one really knows. There are tons of rumors surrounding socialites, a hotel magnate, and even illegal distillers way back in the 40’s. What we do know, is that is ever so popular today.

2.  WHY CALL IT A MARGARITA? 

Mariano Martinez invented the frozen margarita machine in 1971. At that time, he was a nascent restaurant owner in Dallas. Due to the time it took to hand muddle some of the ingredients, he decided to give a shot at automizing it after a visit to 7-Eleven and taking a gander at their Slurpee Machine.

Enter Margarita-time 2.0.

5. ORDER WHAT YOU PLEASE

If you want to step off the traditional recipe of lime, Cointreau, a salted rim, and tequila, there are several other flavors that have been created along the way. Adding a nod to Mexico’s favorite fruits, you can order pineapple or mango at virtually any Mexican restaurant you come across. Other options include strawberry, peach, or passionfruit.

6. SOMEONE ALWAYS HAS TO TOP IT.

The drink, called the “Lucky Rita,” was to garner press for the opening of the Flamingo Hotel’s Margaritaville Casino in Las Vegas, in 2011.

To date, this famed cocktail holds the “largest margarita in the world” title, with 60 people adding the proper ingredients over 300 hours, which ended up being added to a 17-foot-tall tank that held 8500 gallons.

7. FOR THE WIN!

Each year, low and behold, the World Margarita Championship takes place in Tucson. Bartenders compete for the Best Margarita in Arizona title. Visitors also get to partake in helping vote for their favorite recipe.

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8. MARGARITAVILLE HERE!

Margaritaville, the 1977 song by songster, Jimmy Buffett was written about the drink Buffett discovered at Lung’s Cocina del Sur restaurant in Austin, Texas. What else, the Margarita.

His music became an integral component to lazy days beachside, cocktail in hand, and a sense of carefreeness that everyone was searching for at that time.

He is also an incredible businessman with a Margaritaville restaurant chain franchised across the USA, as well as locations in the Caribbean, Australia, and Mexico locations. Add Casinos, Hotels and retail into it all, and you’ve hit Margaritaville maddness!

Thanks to Mr. Buffet, you can now be the proud owner of several home margarita makers! Here’s one from Bed n Bath– the Margaritaville Bahamas Frozen Concoction Maker. ($299 Make sure to bring a 20% off coupon).

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