February 22nd is National Margarita Day 2011. According to Robb Walsh, author of The Tex Mex Cookbook, “The margarita is a success with a thousand fathers (and a few mothers.) Among those claiming credit for the original drink’s invention are a San Antonio society dame, Mrs. William (Margarita) Sames, who first served her Margarita’s cocktail at a party in Acapulco in 1948.

This original margarita was not the frozen drink that was the number one mixed drink in America in 2008, according to Cheers On-Premis Handbook. The invention of the frozen margarita took place in the 1970s, when an intrepid bartender converted a soft-serve ice cream machine into a margarita mixer. A legend was born.

Today, the majestic margarita ranks as one of America’s favorite drinks. The U.S. is actually the world’s largest tequila market, thanks in no small part to our sweet, frozen beverage.

Check the Original Perfect Margarita Recipe:


* Diamond Crystal kosher salt
* 1 thin lime wedge
* Ice
* 1 1/2 ounces silver (blanco), 100 percent agave tequila
* 1 ounce triple sec orange liqueur, preferably Luxardo Triplum or Cointreau
* 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 1 lime)
* 1 very thin lime slice, for garnish


1. Pour enough salt on a small plate to cover.
2. Rub lime wedge on the outside rim of a 4-ounce cocktail glass. Holding the glass at a 45-degree angle, dip the outside rim in the salt, rotating as you do, so the entire rim is coated with salt. (Avoid getting any salt inside the glass.) Fill the glass with ice.
3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Shake vigorously until the shaker turns frosty. Strain into the glass and garnish with a lime slice.