All About Our Favorite Cocktail!

At Mexicali Blues, we LOVE a nice, cold margarita - no matter the season! Cinco De Mayo is just around the corner and it's making us want to bring out the tequila and limes. At Lake of the Ozarks' best Mexican restaurant, we have a variety of different signature margaritas you can try. Let's learn more about the history of the margarita and some fun facts about our favorite drink!

Who Created the Margarita?

Just like with many other popular cocktails, more than one person claims to have created the first margarita.  The top contender for the creator of the margarita is Carlos “Danny” Herrera, who claimed to have invented the drink at his restaurant in Tijuana, Rancho La Gloria, around 1938. As the story goes, Herrera created the cocktail for one of his customers, Marjorie King, who was an aspiring actress. She was allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila. To make the liquor a little more pleasing, he combined the ingredients of a traditional tequila shot – salt and a lime wedge – and turned them into a refreshing drink.

Another candidate for the creator of margaritas is Margarita Sames, a well-to-do Dallas socialite who claimed to have invented the drink for her friends at her Acapulco vacation home in 1948. Tommy Hilton, who was one of her guests, eventually added the drink to his hotel chain’s bar menu.

Fun Facts About Margaritas

- Margarita translates to daisy in Spanish.The daisy is an old prohibition drink that has a base spirit, sugar and a sour, which later inspired the sidecar. The sidecar is basically a margarita with cognac and lemon.

- The first frozen margarita machine was invented in 1971. Mariano Martinex was a Dallas restaurateur and was having trouble creating the frozen drink for customers. The bartenders complained that they took too long and customers thought they melted too quickly. This inspired him to create the first frozen margarita machine in the early 70s.

- The salt is actually an important ingredient in the margarita. It brings out the sweet and sour flavors of the drink. Even if it's just a pinch, it will help subdue the bitterness and enhance the important flavors.

- Margaritas are incredibly popular and in fact, it was the most ordered mix drink in 2008. That year, on average, American were consuming 185,000 margaritas per hour. It represented 18 percent of all mixed drink sales in the U.S. followed by the martini, rum and cokes, vodka and tonics and the Cosmopolitan.

Andele... Andele... Andele... Hurry Into Mexicali Blues!

Come into the best Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks for lunch or dinner and enjoy our fresh Mexican entrees with one of our world-famous margaritas. During the nice, summer months, you will love spending time out on our outdoor patio garden. Or you can belly on up to the bar in our lively cantina. We offer incredible food and great service - you won't leave disappointed!
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