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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Frozen Margarita! It’s Cold Outside!

You knew it was coming. How could you not, after all, it is on the calendar for February in the sidebar. Today is Margarita Day! However, if you’re feeling anything like me these days, a Margarita may not be the first thing that comes to mind when craving a belly warmer. Babies, it’s cold outside!!!

First mixed in bars along the California-Mexico border in the 1940s, the margarita—tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur—became a standard beverage in Mexican American restaurants. Frozen Margaritas, blended with ice, became popular in the 1950s along with other tropical drinks made with rum and tequila. By the 1970s, the margarita had surpassed the martini as the most popular American cocktail. Frozen Margarita @ National Museum Of American History
Did you know? The World’s First Frozen Margarita Machine was invented in Dallas Texas by Mariano Martinez on May 11, 1971! I don’t want to tell you the whole story. Suffice to say it “almost” involved a Slurpee Machine which we all know was invented in Dallas in the 60s.
…Frozen Margaritas have been around since the invention of the blender in the 1930s but bartenders were often overwhelmed when demand was high, and the blenders produced margaritas of varying quality and consistency. “Improved consistency, overall better product and ease of use due to the frozen margarita machine, made the drink so popular that it brought bars in Tex-Mex restaurants front and center,” said Martinez. “People came to Mariano’s for that frozen margarita out of the machine.” Martinez incidentally developed his machine at the forefront of the Tex-Mex food movement. Tex-Mex is now an American favorite and margaritas are a standard together with salsa and tortilla chips. Martinez continued serving his famous margaritas for the next 34 years, eventually retiring the original machine in favor of the new mass-produced machines. National Museum of American History Acquires Frozen Margarita Machine, September 27, 2005
Are you nice and chilly now? Sorry about that but I just couldn’t help myself. I had to give you a sip of history about the Frozen Margarita. Not to worry though. I won’t be sharing any frozen margarita recipes with you today. That just wouldn’t be fair. Instead, I’ve got a little booklet I’d like you to see.
La Margarita recipe booklet ©1966
It doesn’t look like much does it? Recipes? What kind of recipes you might be wondering. Well, in my research I may have stumbled upon the history of frozen margaritas but not very much about Cafe La Margarita apparently the place where this booklet came from.
La Margarita recipe booklet ©1966
At first glance, one might assume it’s some sort of menu from said Cafe. But, once you open it up, you are taken away not to a Mexican restaurant but to a beautifully illustrated booklet of Mexican cocktails and dishes.
Mexican Cocktail Recipes
The little I could find out about Cafe La Margarita was gleaned from back issues of The Chicago Tribune which makes sense considering the “swingin” Cafe La Margarita Mexican Restaurant was located on Wabash Ave. in Chicago. I did happen across a few collectible postcards from said restaurant but they were on eBay and really didn’t reveal very much about the restaurant. Perhaps, someone will happen upon this post and offer a bit more information. In the mean time, not only do I want to share those cocktail recipes above, I found another recipe which I though was rather intriguing from the same booklet; Envueltos De Aguacate or Avocado Wrap-around.
Avocado Wrap-Around | Envueltos De Aguacate

From Barry Popik, I learned Envueltos is Spanish for enveloped or wrapped and that they have been described as fried tacos. His site actually has a timeline of Envueltos usage in the English language if you’re curious:)

Although I’ve been on an Avocado a day kick these days, I’m not quite ready to envelope one at the moment. That is not to say I may not try it one day. Heck, it has to be a whole lot healthier than Bacon-Wrapped Avocado Wedges! They do sound good though, don’t they? These Aguacates Rellenos De Camaron or Avocados Stuffed with Shrimp do also!

Aguacates Rellenos De Camaron | Avocados Stuffed with Shrimp

Meat-A-Ball Update

A huge Meat-A-Ball hug to all of you that sent me your meatball links. Just as I thought, we have quite an array of yummy looking recipes. What? You missed the call for Meat-A-Balls??? Uh oh, better check out this post, time is running out.

FYI: I didn’t forget George Washington’s Birthday today. I did a rather in depth post about his favorite Salt Cod Dinner a while back. It’s a pretty popular post this time of year:) Remember, tomorrow is not only National Dog Biscuit Day, it’s also the Tootsie Roll’s Birthday!