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Searchin’ For My Lost Shaker of Salt

Today is National Margarita Day!

Since it is reportedly the most commonly ordered drink in the U.S., accounting for 18% of all mixed drink sales (runner up is the martini), we thought that we would throw a shout-out to the frozen concoction that helps many hang on.

No-one knows who invented the margarita, but as with most things, it’s likely that it involved a beautiful woman. Many think that the first margarita was made by a Mexican restaurant owner in 1938 for a gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl who was allergic to all forms of alcohol except tequila, but she didn’t like to drink tequila straight. The restaurateur supposedly solved the problem by adding salt and lime, and hence created the world’s first margarita.

Nowadays, you can order margaritas in every conceivable flavor, from pomegranate, strawberry, raspberry, and pineapple to cucumber mint, green tea and chocolate. Specialists behind the bar have also gotten creative mixing dried herbs, infused sugars and exotic salts to enhance both the presentation of the glass and the flavor of the cocktail.

Next time you visit Sanibel, decide for yourself who makes the best Margarita on the island! For a good place to start, we suggest heading to Cip’s, Doc Ford’s or Cantina Captiva.  Or try lounging outdoors at Coconuts, right next door to Ocean’s Reach on the beach, where — as the song goes — there’s always booze in the blender!

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