Let’s learn some stuff about margaritas so we can impress our drinking buddies.
1. It was first made in Tijuana. Maybe. Much like a night of too many margs, things are a little fuzzy when it comes to the origin of the margarita. A likely-sounding story is that it was created in Tijuana in the 1930s, where a bartender took the elements of a tequila shot (salt, tequila, lime) and turned them into a refreshing cocktail.
2. It could’ve been called a Tequila Daisy. A daisy was a popular class of 19th-century citrus cocktail. Margarita is Spanish for daisy. Fortunately, someone had the good sense to use the much cooler-sounding Spanish name. “Let’s get a pitcher of daisies” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
3. Sorry, there’s math involved. The International Bartenders Association says the ratio of margarita ingredients is a complex 7:4:3. That’s 7 parts tequila, 4 parts triple sec, and 3 parts lime juice. For the math-averse, half tequila, a quarter triple sec, and a quarter lime juice will get you pretty close.
4. The first frozen margarita machine is in the Smithsonian. In the 1970s, a Texas restaurant owner was inspired by a 7-Eleven Slurpee machine to create a frozen margarita machine. He tweaked a soft-serve ice cream machine to make slushy margaritas. The Smithsonian recognized this magnificent achievement by acquiring the machine for its collection.
5. You can buy a Margaritaville Paradise Party Island for just $899. “This deluxe party island is the ultimate lake house accessory. Easily inflated by an electric air pump (sold separately), this stunning float features Comfort Top™ seating for four, two detachable single loungers, a removable sun canopy, built-in beverage cooler, 11 cup holders and a Paradise Pong game center.” Jimmy Buffett, you are a genius.