Monday is February 22nd and it’s not like any other Monday because it is National Margarita Day!
The margarita cocktail – a famous concoction of tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, and lime juice – has been around since the 1940s. Every bartender in the world has put a unique spin on this classic, but no one knows who created the original.
Dozens of people claim that they invented the margarita, including a bartender named Willie from Mexico City. He said that in 1934 he created and named the drink for his friend Marguerite Hemery. Another popular legend is that Carlos “Danny” Herrera developed the drink at his restaurant in Tijuana in 1938. He invented it for Marjorie King, a customer who was allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila, and didn’t like its sour taste. Another story is that the Dallas socialite Margarita Sames mixed up the drink in 1948 for a house full of guests. One of them was Tommy Hilton who later added the drink to the bar menu at his hotels.
While the true identity of the tequila master may never be known, the margarita will go down in history as one of the most popular mixed drinks of all time. To celebrate National Margarita Day, here’s some of our favorite place for a margarita!
Special event followed by restaurants in alphabetical order
Skiff Bar at Newport Marriott
25 America’s Cup Avenue and online at www.skiffbar.com.
The Skiff Bar will be holding a contest on National Margarita Day, Monday, February 22 from 12-9pm, to choose the signature margarita for their 2016 summer cocktail menu. Diners are invited to order a flight of margaritas for $12 and cast their vote for the best margarita. Everyone who votes will be entered to win a $50 Marriott Card.
Brick Alley Pub
140 Thames Street and online at www.brickalley.com
11 Bowens Wharf and online at www.diegosnewport.com
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111 Broadwayd and online at www.thefifthri.com.
Midtown Oyster Bar
345 Thames Street and online at www.midtownoyster.com
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19 Charles Street and online at www.perrosalado.com.
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Red Parrot Restaurant
348 Thames Street and online at www.redparrotrestaurant.com
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Revolving Door Restaurant
509 Thames Street and online at www.revolvingdoorri.com