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For many people, the word “margarita” conjures up images of sunny Mexico and days spent lounging by the pool with a refreshing drink in hand. But the history of the margarita is a little more complicated than that.
The first recorded mention of a margarita-like drink was in a 1935 novel by Damon Runyon called “The Great Mouthpiece.” In the book, a character orders a “daisy,” which is a drink made with tequila, lime, and soda.
While it’s unclear exactly when or where the first margarita was created, the most popular story is that it was invented in 1941 by a bartender named Carlos Herrera at his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico. Herrera’s original recipe called for tequila, orange-flavored liqueur, and lime juice.
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