Wednesday, February 16, 2011

If You Like Piña Coladas, This Day Isn't for You (Hint: It's Tequila Time!)

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 8:07 AM

Next Tuesday, Feb. 22, is National Margarita Day! According to Herradura Tequila and their parent company, Brown-Forman, Americans sure like their margaritas.

The cocktail, which was invented in 1948 by the patron saint of Mexican restaurant happy hours Margarita Sames, was the most frequently 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. According to another B-F statistic that I find utterly unbelievable, on average, Americans consume 185,000 margaritas per hour. But I read it on the Internet, so it must be true.

Nashvillians might be interested to note that we rank in the top four most margarita-mad cities, along with Atlanta, Miami and St. Louis. That being said, I haven't seen a word about National Margarita Day in any of the email promotions and websites I cruise looking for the next best deal for you Bitesters. How about y'all? Is your favorite taverna or restaurante planning anything to celebrate Señora Sames' concoction?

Share the details here in the comments, and as I plan my social calendar, I'd also be very interested in who you think makes the best margarita in town.

I used to be partial to Rosepepper and their Sprite-enhanced version, but now I'm a fan of Taco Mamacita's El Vez and their wonderfully crunchy ice pellets. In truth, I probably prefer it because the drive home is shorter after the second one than the schlep from East Nashville.

¿Que le gusta?

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