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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!

52 comments:

  1. Hi Louise,
    Thank you so much of this sharing. Brings back lots of fond memories of my younger days. A glass Margarita or Tequila was my 'regular' drinks when I hang out at some bars or pubs in my younger days ... hee hee .. TGIF unwind after work. .. well those were the days.
    Avocados Stuffed with Shrimp sounds much interesting ^-^!

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    1. I remember those days well, Karen:) I really don't know how I did but at least I know I wasn't the only one, lol...Thanks for visiting...

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  2. Frozen margaritas sure match this weather ... it's freezing all over the country, isn't it? Maybe people are also making margarita ice cream (for which there are lots of recipes) or margarita cupcakes (you know it's trendy if it made it as a cupcake flavor). So happy margarita day!

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    1. They may match the weather, Mae but I'm still not sure today is the day to be celebrating the frozen kind, lol...Now Margarita Cupcakes are a different story:)

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  3. Gosh, my knees go weak whenever I spot Frozen Margarita on the menu! It's certainly one of my fave ladies' cocktail, my dear. xoxo

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    1. Mine too, Shirley, just not so much for frozen margaritas in the Winter.

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  4. Oh, gosh, do I love this post! There is just nothing that I like better than old cocktail recipes, and recipes for Mexican dishes. This booklet is a real treasure, and I am now craving avocados and enchiladas. Too bad for me because I have thawed chicken and chopped components for a Chinese meal for supper. I am going to save these, though, and plan to make one or more of these dishes in the future. Seeing this post reminded me that my dad gave me some old bar guides years ago. I should really do a post on them, they are just so charming.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post, Pattie. It was fun to do and actually got me craving an avocado too. I scooped one out as I was posting it, lol...Now, go dig out those bar guides and share them for Cookbook Wednesday. It's starting back up here in March!!!

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  5. Good morning, Louise!
    Terrific post, but I think I'll file the recipe away for when it's a bit warmer. With temperatures of -24º C and windchill whipping it to -45º C here in Winnipeg, I think I'll stick to hot toddies for now.
    Stay warm, everyone :-)

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    1. I don't blame you one bit, Margaret! Hot toddies sound good to me!

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  6. Dear Louise,
    Happy Margarita Day! What a wonderful and full of info post this is. I enjoy Margaritas once in a while. But I have to say when it is hot out and it it's refreshing to drink. You must really want Spring and Summer to come fast...The book you have is a treasure for sure..I remember when you would buy liquor in the store and they would always attach a booklet with the bottle on how to serve the drinks. How interesting your info is on the history and this booklet has recipes as well. Thanks for the update about the meatballs...so far I have made them and despite the fact that the weather is snowing, sleet, rain, and a little milder everyone is planning on coming for my dad's birthday. As soon as the sauce is ready I will click that photo and tonight I will send it to you.. Yes, also Happy Birthday to George Washington too! Well thanks for sharing, have to run...have a great Sunday with Marion...
    Dottie :)

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    1. Spring can't comequick enough for us, Dottie. Especially Marion. she's biting at the bit, lol...I hadn't thought about it but yes, I too remember when you use to get little bookets with your booze:) Thanks for visiting, Dottie...

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  7. Good morning Louise ,
    I was amazed with the information on the Frozen Margarita , and yes , Baby it's Cold outside . I don't have snow yet , the weatherman keeps promising it will snow , we are getting freezing rain . Avocados are plentiful here , I will make these , they all sound so delicious , the kids will love the Avocado Wrap around , all heck they love everything . They call wraps , tacos , etc. fun food .
    I love this post , I always earn something new when I visit you , thanks . I am so glad the meatballs are going good and flying off the shelf (giggling) .
    Thank you for sharing this piece of history with us , (((HUGS))) to you and Marion and to Iggy also . Thanks for sharing . Stay safe and warm my dear friend . Nee :)

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    1. Hi Nee,
      So glad you enjoyed it Nee. Let me know if you make those wraps. I can't wait to make them myself!

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    2. Good evening Louise ,
      I had to tell you we finally got snow , the snow came from Dallas way headed east and dropped some of here as it was moving through , Have a great week my friend . Nee :)

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  8. Swell read! Learned a bunch. Interesting how machines put some drinks on the map, isn't it? It was the Waring Blender that made frozen daiquiris popular. We had a margarita on Friday night to celebrate Margarita Day (early, but we like to be prepared!).

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    1. Hi John,
      Now you see, I learned something too. I had no idea it was the Waring blender that made the frozen daiquiris popular. Fred Waring was a native Pennsylvanian but you probably know that!

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  9. I'm celebrating National Margarita Day on my blog, too, Louise! Though I wish I had your menu from the Cafe Margarita....that's wonderful! I don't care that it's cold out....margaritas give us hope that the warmer weather is coming soon! Another fun post from you! : )

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  10. the guapa drink sounds good to me! and i'm on an avocado kick too--can't get enough!

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    1. I'm eating an avocado "as we speak" Grace. This too shall pass...

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  11. Love reading your posts.. Get to learn something new every time you post..

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    1. That makes me so happy, Gloria. Thank YOU!

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  12. I didn't know there is a 'margarita's day' , I thought it was everyday :))) - just kidding!

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    1. It may as well be, Regina. It seems everyone agrees!!!

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  13. Well over here it's perfect weather for margaritas! Especially this past weekend when it was unbearably humid and hot. I also had no idea about the invention of the margarita machine. It's weird to think it was done in the 70's. A part of me feels like it should have been invented earlier but then another part feels like this should be a 90's invention. I don't know why and I don't know why I am even contemplating this either...

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. I guess we're beginning to entice your foodie side Sonia, lol...

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  14. Your booklet is kinda like a cookbook! I'm going to link you up on Wednesday, since you are the author of Cookbook Wednesday, after all, and I"m just keeping the torch burning!

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    1. Thanks Marjie! That's very sweet of you:)

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  15. Hi Louise,

    I remember my first time at Texas and was excited when I saw margarita on tap!!! I hope that I don't sound like an alcoholic but it was really an innovative thing for me at that time to see margarita mixing in a slushy machine... LOL! I did ended enjoying taps of slushy margarita but it wasn't cool at all at Texas when I had them. having margarita in the cold sounds like a different experience to me :D

    Zoe

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    1. You don't sound like an alcoholic at all, Zoe. I think your excitement is adorable:) I bet you could make your very own Margarita right at home but no, it wouldn't be the same as your first time and in Texas of all places:)

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  16. Hi Louise, you make me want to have some of this cool cool drink. I've seen how they make tequila from the food channel. Its amazing. Cheers Louise! Happy Margarita Day!

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    1. Yes Jenn, the process fro making tequila is pretty amazing. I've seen it too. I bet a cool drink is most welcome wheree you are but here we need warm drinks this time of year, lol...

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  17. Hi Louise, great post. I love margaritas, but won't be having any today. It is way too cold outside. Hope you are doing well!

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    1. I don't balme you one bit Dawn. It's way to cold here too:)

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  18. The Margaritas are on hold. It is a cold and windy day today. Hope everything is going well for you and Marion. Stay warm.

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    1. Hold is a very good place for them, Geraldine:)

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  19. Yes, who picked February for Margarita Day! I'd gladly drink my way though many flavors (starting with Kathy's raspberry recipe!)--that is IF the temperature was above 70. Hey at this point, I'd take 60, maybe 50. Stay warm Louise!

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    1. I don't know Inger but the timing stinks!!!

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  20. Oh Louise, I love the recipes...and ready for one right now...and I will go for "on the rocks"
    Enjoy your week my dear :)

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  21. I do like a good margarita - I wish I had known on the day.

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  22. Wow! I love margarita! I wish I could have it right now!:) I'm a bit cold so maybe I'll wait for a warmer day to give this recipe a try :)
    Have a wonderful week, Louise!

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  23. Now if we could just get above freezing, I'd be happy to toast the coming of spring with a yummy margarita! I sure hope spring is coming :)

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  24. Margarita! One of my favourite cocktails, I could have it at any time whether is cold or hot. Anyway spring is on its way..a little bit longer to wait! Hope all is well. xx

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  25. Margaritas, salsa, chips, and guacamole…magic. Great job on researching a tasty cocktail.

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  26. What a great post! Love all those old cookbooks and menus that you have!

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  27. I am always up for a tasty margarita!

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  28. Hi Louise,
    I have never had margarita before! LOL!
    And wish that I am nice and chilly right now. The weather here is so blazing hot!
    Thanks for this interesting post!

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  29. Dear Louise, I would love to enjoy a delicious frozen concoction, if only the temps were a bit more suitable!! As for now hot coffee, hot chocolate and hot tea.
    Hope all is well and my very best to Marion.. xoxo Catherine

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