Whether you are looking for a beverage to pair with your Mexican cuisine or to enjoy during happy hour specials, you simply cannot go wrong with a margarita. At Sandbar Mexican Grill, our love for margs has no bounds, especially during the Arizona summer!

While there is no denying that margaritas are the perfect thirst quencher on a hot Arizona day, with its fruity, sweet and sour flavor, the origins of the tequila-based cocktail are still not clear to this day.

The Origins of the Margarita

Shaken, stirred, on the rocks frozen, salt, no salt, flavored, or traditional — no matter how you take your margarita, you may have wondered who was the mastermind that first created the delicious concoction that developed into the thirst-quenching cocktail we all know, love, and enjoy today. While the history of the margarita is still murky, there are plenty of tales that suggest who the real inventor of the beverage is. Let’s take a look at some of the icon’s who may have had something to do with the invention of one of the world’s most popular cocktails.

Carlos “Danny” Herrera  (1938)

One of the most commonly shared origin stories of the margarita dates back to 1938 in Tijuana. A man named Carlos ‘Danny’ Herrera was said to create the beverage to one of his frequent customers, Marjorie King, a showgirl that claimed to be allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila. Since King did not enjoy drinking tequila straight, Herrera decided to make her something a little sweeter, but still with a tequila base. After combining a few ingredients with the tequila, and voilà, the margarita was born.

Margaret Sames (1948)

Although this tale is said to date back to some 10 years after the Danny Herrera tale took place, another popular origin story of the original margarita involves a socialite, Margaret ‘Margarita’ Sames. Sames supposedly invented the drink at a party while on vacation in Acapulco. Just by mixing together tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau she created something so special that it caught the attention of one of the guests, a little-known hotelier by the name of Tommy Hilton. Hilton enjoyed the cocktail so much, it was eventually added to bar menus at Hilton Hotels.

Don Carlos Orozco (1941)

Turns out, there are many tales of the margarita claimed to be named after women with the namesake, our friend Margarita Sames is not the only one. For example, seven years before it was said Margeret Sames was the inventor of the drink, in 1941, bartender Don Carlos Orozco was experimenting with drinks when the daughter of a German ambassador, Margarita Henkel walked into his bar. Don Carlos supposedly allowed her to taste his concoction and then coined the drink in her honor as she was the first to try it.

While the origins of the margarita and who invented are not clear, what’s certain is the simplicity and longevity of this popular drink. Maybe you could care less about who invented the margarita and are just happy that there is a drink that is perfect for a variety of settings and occasions — and we are totally fine with that! At the very least, the next time you go out for margs with your friends, you can share some of your newfound knowledge!

Are You Craving a Margarita Now?

All of this talk about margaritas certainly has us thirsty for one. If you are looking for the best margaritas in Chandler and the surrounding areas, you cannot go wrong by heading to Sandbar Mexican Grill. Whether you like your margaritas on the rocks or frozen, we have a wide selection of flavors to choose from. Head to your nearest Sandbar location to cool off with a margarita today!