Happy National Margarita Day!

February 22 is National Margarita Day and to celebrate we are looking into a few fun facts about this popular cocktail. So kick back and grab a delicious margarita from Lake of the Ozarks favorite sports bar while reading these six fun facts about your favorite cocktail.

1. Margarita translates to daisy
Margarita translates to daisy in Spanish. The daisy is an old prohibition drink that has a base spirit, sugar and a sour, which later inspired the sidecar. The sidecar is basically a margarita with cognac and lemon.

2. The first frozen margarita machine
The first frozen margarita machine was invented in 1971. While the origins of the when the margarita may be unclear, the origins of the first machine are pretty straightforward. Mariano Martinez was a Dallas restaurateur and was having trouble creating the frozen drink for customers. The bartenders complained that they took too long and customers thought they melted too quickly. This inspired him to create the first frozen margarita machine in the early 70s.

3. Don't forget the salt
The salt is actually important, as it brings out the sweet and sour flavors of the drink. Even if it's just a pinch, it will help subdue the bitterness and enhance the important flavors. In addition, salt intensifies the drinker's perception of the drink's aromas, making the flavors even more powerful.

4. The drink of choice
Margaritas are incredibly popular and in fact, it was the most ordered mix drink in 2008. That year, on average, American were consuming 185,000 margaritas per hour. It represented 18 percent of all mixed drink sales in the U.S. followed by the martini, rum and cokes, vodka and tonics and the Cosmopolitan.

5. The world's largest margarita
The world's largest margarita according to the Guinness Book of World Records had a volume of 8,500 US liquid gallons. The accomplishment was achieved by Margaritaville (USA) in Las Vegas on October 14, 2011. The tank measured 16 ft 11 in and 10 ft in diameter. The ingredients included 2,134.95 US gal Margarita Gold tequila, 2,282.18 US gal Margaritaville Margarita mix, 729.03 US gal Margaritaville triple sec and 3,400 US gal Lemon-x margarita mix. It took approximately 300 hours and 60 people to prepare the drink dubbed "Lucky Rita."

6. Lots of variations
While the original recipe calls for tequila, triple sec, lime and salt to garnish, there are many different spin-offs to this cocktail. From adding fruit to make it more At Wicked Willie's, we have a variety of different margaritas you can try to celebrate National Margarita Day.

The Wicked
Sauza Tres Generaciones Reposado Tequila, JDK & Sons O3 Orange Liqueur, Tuaca Liqueur, Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur and sweet & sour.

Hornitos Reposado Tequila, agave nectar, sweet & sour, muddled jalapenos and lime,

Jose Cuervo Silver Tequila, JDK & Sons O3 Orange Liqueur, mango puree, sweet & sour and fresh lime.

Strawberry Basil
Citrus Springs Strawberry Basil Mix, Jose Cuervo Silver Tequila, muddled basil, strawberries and fresh lime.

Come celebrate National Margarita Day February 22 at the best sports bar at the Lake of the Ozarks! We have a variety of fun variations of this popular cocktail for you to celebrate with, as well as a few fun Mexican inspired dishes you can pair your Margarita with. February 22 is also the most wicked day of the week, as it's Wicked Wednesday. Enjoy the best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks from 3:00 PM to midnight and $2 off all wings, 1/2 lb P&E shrimp for $7 and 3 sliders for $6.

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