Fun Facts about the Margarita

Jimmy Buffett lamented about a lost salt shaker, but there is more to the margarita than the salt lining the rim of the glass. At 210 Ceviche, our margaritas make a perfect complement to our delicious authentic Pacific Style Mexican Cocina cuisine.

The Origin of the Margarita

The 1937, Café Royal Cocktail Book contained a recipe with the same ingredients and proportions as the margarita, but which was called the Picador. However, one of the first references to a margarita drink by name was attributed to Carlos “Danny” Herrera in 1938. Supposedly, Herrera invented the drink at Rancho La Gloria – his restaurant located between Tijuana and Rosarito in Mexico – for former Ziegfeld dancer, Marjorie King. Supposedly, King was allergic to a variety of spirits, but not to tequila, the main alcoholic ingredient in margaritas.

The first published margarita recipe appeared in a 1953 edition of Esquire magazine. That recipe called for a simple combination of one ounce of tequila, a dash of triple sec, and the juice of half a lime or lemon poured over crushed ice. The recipe also called for the outside rim of a stem glass to be rubbed with lemon or lime rind and spun in salt. The final step instructed to pour the mixture into the salt-rimmed glass.

Margaritas – Liquid or Frozen

Margaritas can include a variety of fruits and juices, including strawberry, banana, mango, and peach. The drink can be served shaken and poured over ice as a liquid, or as a half frozen slush, much like piña coladas. The latter concoction is known as frozen margarita. Frozen or liquid, margaritas should be served in glasses coated with salt on the OUTSIDE rim, not the inside, to ensure that the tastes of sweet and salty are experienced together.

The frozen margarita machine was the brainchild of Mariano Martinez, a restaurant owner in Dallas, Texas. Martinez adapted his invention in May 1971, from a soft-serve ice cream machine. Martinez’ original frozen margarita machine is now housed in the Smithsonian National Museum of History in Washington, D.C.

Margaritas were the most popular drink in the United States in 2008, and remain the most common tequila based cocktail. There’s even a special holiday devoted to sharing and celebrating this delicious tropical drink. National Margarita Day was invented by Todd McCalla, and occurs on February 22 each year.

Margaritas at 210 Ceviche

Without a doubt, Americans love margaritas. The menu at 210 Ceviche includes margarita variations to suit almost any preference. Our menu includes the Margarita Marinera, featuring melon liqueur; the Margarita Tres Islas, with strawberry, peach, or mango; and the Margarita Pacifico, featuring Cuervo 1800 and Disaronno Amaretto. The 210 Paci-Rita features both Cuervo 1800 margarita and Pacifico beer and is a definite must-try! Come and enjoy one of our refreshing margaritas today!