According to Wikipedia, the margarita is America’s most widely consumed tequila-based cocktail. Well, what a coincidence – it’s my most widely consumed tequila-based cocktail, too! My friends and I ingest margaritas so often that we’ve dropped the “-rita” and just call them “margs” now. We find it makes communication with our waiter a little more efficient. Compare: “I’d like another margarita, please” with “MORE MARG!!!!!”

In fact, we’re so fond of margaritas that you can find our picture on Mad Mex’s Facebook page. Last month, the restaurant held an informal competition in honor of January’s featured marg flavor (pineapple banana), which really means that one of us had to order a marg while scratching his armpits like a monkey. Our prize? Free margs for all AND A 20-POUND BOX OF BANANAS/COCONUTS. Yes, this might have just been a creative way for Mad Mex to shed itself of a few extra bunches of bananas, but we’ll take it!

Evidence of our serious devotion to margs. Note the box of bananas in the foreground.

Photographic evidence of our serious devotion to margs. Note also the box of bananas in the foreground.  And the coconuts.

I should say, though, that I’m not really into the whole “flavored margarita scene.” I’ll take an original marg over raspberry or mango any day of the week. I suppose I’m just a traditionalist at heart: I like lime in my margaritas. I like lemon in my iced tea. And I like three or four Japanese underwear models in my bed at all times.

HEH HEM - all anecdotes aside, I truly am a HUGE fan of margaritas (as if you couldn’t tell). However, I must say that this drink has one of the most made-up sounding origin stories I think I’ve ever read. Supposedly, the cocktail was first created one balmy day in Mexico during the early 1940s by a bartender named Don Carlos. Carlos was absent-mindedly mixing drinks at the bar when Margarita Henkel, a German ambassador’s daughter, walked in. In an attempt to impress the diplomat’s daughter, he presented the very first margarita to Ms. Henkel who apparently liked it so much that Carlos named the drink after her. UM, PLEASE. I don’t believe that for a single second.

The world’s first frozen margarita – not that this story sounds any more believable to me – was served during the 1970’s when an inventive bartender converted his bar’s ice cream machine into a frozen margarita machine. I guess that means he just dumped the ice cream mix out and poured margarita mix into the machine instead? THAT’S PRETTY INVENTIVE, WOULDN’T YOU AGREE? Better question yet: what would a bar need with an ice cream machine in the first place? I can’t imagine anyone walking up to the counter and ordering a banana split. Now a whiskey sour – that sounds a little more tempting.

Long story short, I don’t really care WHY or WHEN the margarita was created; I’m just happy it’s here. And you should be, too.




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