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Who Created the Margarita?

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Let’s face it, we have had a pretty hot summer so far, and the best way we know how to cool off is a margarita! Did you know that no one really knows who created the margarita? A great article from explains that; the margarita is often hailed as the quintessential “Mexican” cocktail, but just like cerveza, the origins of the drink are not definitively Mexican. Simply put, no one knows who dreamed up this delicious cocktail – but the stories behind the invention of the margarita are pretty colorful, even though only some of them actually take place in Mexico.

Carlos “Danny” Herrera, owner of Tijuana restaurant Rancho La Gloria, claims he invented the drink in 1938. What inspired him? A picky dancer, it seems. Restaurant goer Marjorie King declared she was allergic to all spirits except tequila, but didn’t like to drink the spirit straight. So Herrera worked around the prototypical tequila shot (which is taken with salt and lime) and threw together the margarita. 

Not convinced? How about this story:

Another famed contender for the title of OG margarita maker has claims to the throne based on her name along, because that name is… Margarita. Dallas socialite Margarita Sames insisted that she concocted the drink for a group of her friends while vacationing in Acapulco in 1948.

Hmmm we’re not sure either, what if this is the right story:

Danny Negrete is also named as inventor of the drink. Apparently, the cocktail was a wedding gift for his sister-in-law, yep another Margarita, bestowed upon her at the Garci Crespo Hotel.

Whatever the story is, our bartenders can mix up a pretty great margarita and we would love to share our flavors with you!