National Margarita Day on February 22nd rims a glass with salt and serves up a beverage that tastes like the summer sun.
Known to be the most common tequila-based cocktail served in the United States, the margarita is a cocktail that consists of tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice. A key ingredient is the freshly squeezed lime juice. In the United States, the most common lime is the thick-skinned Persian lime. When margaritas are made with lemons, they have a much softer taste.
When it comes to sorting out the legends associated with the origin of the margarita, there are many. Two things are certain; the cocktail included tequila, and the bartender edged the rim of the glass with salt. In Mexico, when drinking straight tequila (especially if the quality was bad), the best course of action was to down it in one swallow, suck on a wedge of lime and lick a dash of salt off the back of your hand.
It makes sense that the salt followed the lime and the tequila to the margarita glass. Today, lime is not the only flavor of margarita, and the specialists behind the bar have gotten creative mixing dried herbs, infused sugars and exotic salts to enhance both the presentation of the glass and the flavor of the cocktail.
Margaritas can be served on the rocks (shaken with ice), frozen (blended with ice), or straight up (without ice).
There are many different stories and myths, beginning as early as 1938, as to how and when the margarita was created.
In the December 1953 issue of Esquire magazine, the margarita cocktail was the “Drink of the Month.” The recipe as printed was:
- 1 ounce tequila
- Dash of Triple Sec
- Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon
Pour over crushed ice, stir. Rub the rim of a stem glass with rind of lemon or lime, spin in salt—pour, and sip. (Wikipedia)
The margarita was further popularized with the 1977 release of Jimmy Buffett’s song “Margaritaville.”
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So, as I was trying to answer the, “What’s for dinner?” question once again. I went with a super Sandwich creation, for Super Bowl Sunday. I have to satisfy some very good sized appetites and keep them diet-friendly for low-carb, keto style. With several of us needing these requirements for our health, it makes satisfying both regular and special diets a challenge. It’s an even better one when you can satisfy both, without sacrificing taste. I’ve been told by everyone who has them they are better than the sub shops and Deli’s make. So here’s my recipe for a great sandwich.
- 1 medium purple onion sliced thin
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 lg beef steak slicing tomato
- 1 medium head Green Leaf Lettuce
- 1 – 16oz pkg deli-sliced turkey breast
- 1 -16oz pkg deli-sliced black forest ham ( I like the Land O Frost Brand)
- 8 oz extra sharp sliced cheddar cheese
- 8 oz sliced aged swiss cheese
- 16oz Bacon Cheddar Ranch dip
- 12oz sliced bacon cooked extra crispy
- Yellow mustard
- New York-style Rye Bread Or Dark Pumpernickle or low carb alternative
- I got 7 full-size sandwiches from 1 loaf and had meat and cheeses left over. If your crowd is bigger plan accordingly.