The first frozen margarita machine was invented in 1971 and it was based on a soft-serve ice cream machine.
The Margarita was the most popularly ordered drink in 2008, representing 18 percent of all mixed drink sales in the U.S.
There are several stories about who invented the Margarita. Here are two of them.
1) 1938 by Carlos ‘Danny’ Herrera at his restaurant, Rancho La Gloria, near Tijuana, Mexico. He created it for Marjorie King, who was allergic to most spirits, but not Tequila.
2) 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.
There are many other contenders, including bartenders Don Carlos Orozco in 1941, Francisco Morales in 1942, Santos Cruz in 1948.
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