5 Things You Didn't Know About Margaritas
If you like using your frozen concoction maker to whip up quality margaritas regularly, you may be an expert in enjoying this sweet and salty cocktail. But how much do you know about the drink itself, where it came from and how people have improved it over the years?
Check out these five surprising facts about margaritas.
1. Nobody is sure where it first came from
Like many cocktails, there are several origin stories about margaritas. Some say that it was invented by a woman named Margarita, while others suggest that it was first made at a bar. Regardless of where the drink originated, it spread across the U.S. in the early to mid-20th century. They've spread so much so that now...
2. Margaritas are one of the most popular mixed drinks in the U.S.
With hundreds of thousands of the drink being ordered at American bars every hour, and countless more being made at homes, margaritas are among the most popular mixed drinks in the U.S. At times, margaritas have been the most ordered drink in the country ahead of martinis and other popular cocktails.
Margaritas are especially popular in the South. About one-third of all margaritas are sold here. Margaritas are especially popular in certain southern cities, including Miami and Atlanta.
3. Margaritas weren't served frozen until the '70s
Can you imagine a world without frozen margaritas? Well, until 1971, margaritas were only served on ice. In 1971, Mariano Martinez invented the first margarita machine in Texas. Since then, the design has evolved into your beloved frozen concoction maker that lets you make frozen margaritas as often as you want.
4. All tequila comes from one type of plant
Tequila can only come from the blue agave plant. To be called tequila, the alcohol must be at least 51 percent blue agave. This is typically mixed tequila. To be authentic, pure tequila however, the liquor must be 100 percent from blue agave.
5. People compete over margaritas
Making a great margarita might just be about personal enjoyment to you, but some bartenders compete to see who can make the best margarita in sanctioned competitions.
Others like to set records for the largest margarita. Some have made these cocktails that are more than 10,000 gallons in size and take hundreds of people to drink it.
Your fellow Parrotheads at Margaritaville® Cargo remind you to enjoy your frozen concoctions responsibly and obey all drinking laws.