Raise a Glass for National Margarita Day

Interesting facts about the concoction that helps us hang on, February 22

Published on LatinoLA: February 18, 2009

Raise a Glass for National Margarita Day

On February 22, America will celebrate National Margarita Day and, in honor of America's favorite beverage, we'd like to share with you some interesting facts about the popularity of the cocktail and its consumption.

Did you know?

The original Margarita was invented in 1948 by socialite Margarita Sames. According to the legend it was during a party at her cliffside hacienda in Acapulco that Margarita began experimenting with "the drink". Looking for something to cut the dust of a hot afternoon, she mixed Tequila Herradura, Cointreau and fresh lime juice. Her cocktail kept the party going for two weeks and today the Margarita is the #1 most popular cocktail in the U.S.

The Margarita was the most popularly ordered drink in 2008, representing 18% of all mixed drink sales in the U.S., followed by the Martini, Rum and Coke, Vodka and Tonic, and the Cosmopolitan (Cheers On-Premise Handbook 2008)

On average, Americans consume 185,000 Margaritas per hour (Brown-Forman, 2008)

Margarita consumption peaked in the South accounting for 34.9% of sales; markets include Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Texas etc. (Cheers On-Premise Handbook 2008)

Atlanta, Miami, St. Louis and Nashville are among the best major metro cities for the Margarita (Cheers On-Premise Handbook 2008)

The first frozen margarita machine was invented in 1971 and it was based off a soft-serve ice cream machine

The U.S. is the number one tequila market ÔÇô larger than Mexico (Cheers On-Premise Handbook 2008)

We want to invite you to join this celebration by inviting your readers to make a toast with a fresh and tasty margarita prepared with the most authentic tequila, Tequila Herradura, one of the oldest and most respected producers of tequila that has delivered the world's highest blue agave spirit since 1870.

On behalf of Casa Herradura, Happy Margarita Day!

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