National Margarita Day will be celebrated around the country on February 22. Jimmy Buffett music and cold concoctions will be likely flowing at a multitude of Friday night celebrations. If there was ever a day to burst into an off-key chorus of “Margaritaville” with your best pals, now is the time.
Paying homage to the tequila, triple sec, and lime drink occurs every year on February 22. The popular cocktail is believed to have been invented during the 1930s or 1940s, according to the National Margarita Day website. The frozen version of the tequila drink is a relatively modern concoction. A Dallas bartender from the 1970s cleverly converted a soft serve ice cream unit, and a legendary drink was reborn.
As the story goes, the drink was actually named after a woman named Margarita. Dallas socialite Margarita Sames was known hosting fabulous parties. During a Christmas poolside party at her vacation home in Acapulco, Margarita once again initiated one of her favorite party games. The Dallas socialite would saunter behind the bar and craft new drinks for her guests to taste and rate.
During one particular holiday party, Margarita Sames blended together tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau. The new drink was a smash with her guests, Best Margaritas notes. The same drink was mixed time and again at lavish Dallas parties. When the drink made its way to Hollywood bashes, it was simply referred to as the Margarita.
National Margarita Day was created with one simple goal in mind – to celebrate. The holiday even has its own Facebook and Twitter pages. Jimmy Buffett has become almost synonymous with the frozen concoction. Die-hard fans of the trop rock singer are commonly referred to as Parrot Heads.
The nickname was coined not during a concert hosted in Florida amid palm trees but in Cincinnati. Ironically, tickets for Buffett’s concert tour stop in Cincinnati go on sale just a few hours after the celebration for the drink which inspired one of his biggest hits, ends.
If you plan to get “wasted away again in Margaritaville” in honor of National Margarita Day, remember to drink responsibly.
[Image Via: National Margarita Day Facebook page]