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"Excuse me? Excuse me, senor? May I speak to you please? I asked for a mai tai, and they brought me a pina colada, and I said no salt, NO salt for the margarita, but it had salt on it, big grains of salt, floating in the glass..." -Milton Waddams, Office Space
Yes, you read that headline right. The south of the border inspired concoction of tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, and lime juice is to be consumed and celebrated today!
While no one really knows who gave us this salt-rimmed cocktail, there are many stories relating to the drink's origin.
Dozens of people claim that they invented the margarita, including a bartender named Willie from Mexico City. He said that in 1934 he created and named the drink for his friend Marguerite Hemery. Another popular legend is that Carlos “Danny” Herrera developed the drink at his restaurant in Tijuana in 1938. He invented it for Marjorie King, a customer who was allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila, and didn’t like its sour taste. Another story is that the Dallas socialite Margarita Sames mixed up the drink in 1948 for a house full of guests. One of them was Tommy Hilton who later added to the drink to the bar menu at his hotels.
Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville at Broadway at the Beach will be celebrating by featuring the Margarita Recipe Contest winner. The winning recipe is a Raspberry Lemonade Margarita. If you're more of a homebody, The Huffington Post has a great list of margaritas.
We couldn't think of a better way to get through Hump Day than with a nice (strong) margarita, but we have one question for you, Digitel readers. Where is your favorite local place to grab a margarita?
Check out the National Margarita Day Facebook page.
Also this week, February 19 - 25, is National Pancake Week! To celebrate a few days late, IHOP will be offering free pancakes on February 28 from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., they are, however, requesting donations for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Read more here.