The most important holiday of the year, aka National Margarita Day, is this Saturday, February 22.

We know you’ve already started perfecting your Margarita mixing abilities; what we’re here to provide is essential Margarita history and facts, which you can impress your friends with while you’re all out sipping Margs.

Read up on the frosty, citrusy cocktail below.

It is believed that the original Margarita was invented in 1948 in Aculpulco by socialite Margarita Sames.

The first frozen margarita machine was invented by a high school drop-out named Mariano Martinez in 1971.
(Source: Inventors; Photo: Smithsonian)


On average, Americans consume 185,000 Margaritas per hour.
(Source: The Nibble)

According to mixologist Dale DeGroff, a drink very similar to the Margarita, called the Tequila Daisy, was served at Tijuana’s Agua Caliente racetrack in the 1920s.
(Source: Food & Wine; Photo: Food & Wine)


The U.S. is the number one tequila market—larger and more important than Mexico.
(Source: Beverage Business)

All tequila must be made from the blue agave plant.
(Source: Cooking Channel; Photo: Cooking Channel)


The South accounts for the majority (34.9%) of the nation’s margarita sales.

The margarita allegedly made its print debut in America in December 1953, when Esquire named it the “drink of the month.”
(Source: Food & Wine)

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