National Margarita Day is coming

On Feb. 22, Northern San Diego will join the rest of America in celebrating National Margarita Day. In honor of the zesty beverage, here are some interesting facts about its popularity and consumption:

  • The original margarita was invented in 1948 by socialite Margarita Sames. According to the legend it was during a party at her cliffside hacienda in Acapulco that Margarita began experimenting with “the drink.” Looking for something to cut the dust of a hot afternoon, she mixed Tequila Herradura, Cointreau and fresh lime juice. Her cocktail kept the party going for two weeks and today the Margarita is the No. 1 most popular cocktail in the U.S.
  • The margarita was the most popularly ordered drink in 2008, representing 18 percent of all mixed drink sales in the U.S., followed by the Martini, Rum and Coke, Vodka and Tonic, and the Cosmopolitan.

(Cheers On-Premise Handbook 2008)

  • On average, Americans consume 185,000 Margaritas per hour.

(Brown-Forman, 2008)

  • Margarita consumption peaked in the South accounting for 34.9 percent of sales; markets include Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Texas etc.

(Cheers On-Premise Handbook 2008)

  • Atlanta, Miami, St. Louis and Nashville are among the best major metro cities for the margarita.

(Cheers On-Premise Handbook 2008)

  • The first frozen margarita machine was invented in 1971 and it was based off a soft-serve ice cream machine.
  • The U.S. is the No. 1 tequila market –- larger and more important than Mexico.

(Cheers On-Premise Handbook 2008)

Please drink responsibly. Cheers!