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The Best Ways to Celebrate National Margarita Day in DFW

The Frozen Margarita Machine was Invented in the Metroplex!

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Of all the food holidays, National Margarita Day has got to be my all-time favorite. I live in Texas for Pete's sake. The one thing Dallas-Fort Worth knows is how to make a mean margarita -- that tasty tequila treat.

You can celebrate with with Tex-Mex, Next-Mex or authentic Mexican cuisine; but the only way to wash it down is with a delicious margarita. It doesn't matter if it's frozen or on-the-rocks. It doesn't matter if it's chef-inspired or a do-it-yourselfer. It just matters that it's 5 o'clock somewhere -- so salt a rim and bottoms up mis amigos! Cheers!

I'm going to celebrate National Margarita Day with none other than Mariano Martinez, the man who invented the Frozen Margarita Machine. It doesn't get any better than that in my book. His original margarita machine rests in the highest place of honor: the Smithsonian Institution. (Some of you probably thought the answer to that was "My Kitchen").

1. Pay Tribute to the Man Who Invented The Frozen Margarita Machine

Photo by Richard Strauss, Smithsonian Institute 2008
Back in 1971, Mariano Martinez was an absolute visionary. While working at his first restaurant, he knew that there had to be a better way to keep up with the demand for frozen margaritas. Both 7-Eleven and a soft-serve ice cream machine were his inspiration to create the first-ever frozen margarita machine.

And the rest is history. His original margarita machine rests in high honor at the Smithsonian Institution. It was inducted in October 2005.

There's a La Hacienda Ranch near my home and I've eaten there a thousand times. The beef fajitas are absolutely delicious, the Queso Mariano is outstanding and the margaritas are legendary. And, as a matter of fact, my preference is frozen. So celebrate the man who invented the frozen margarita machine by dining at Mariano's Mexican Cuisine, Mariano's Hacienda, or La Hacienda Ranch.

I can't think of a better way to celebrate National Margarita Day than to honor the man who invented the frozen margarita machine. You can do that by dining in one of his fantastic restaurants on January 22 (There are 6 in the DFW area). Here's to you Mariano Martinez! ¡Salud!

2. Dine Out: Enjoy one of the Best Margaritas in DFW

Angela Patterson
I've tasted a few margaritas in the 25 years that I've lived in DFW. I've had a few that were less-than-stellar, but across the board it's really pretty easy to make a decent margarita. It varies from bartender to bartender (or mixologist if you prefer). But it boils down to tequila, triple sec, salt and lime.

Here is my list of the current Best Margaritas in DFW. The list is subject to change if I taste a new one that rocks my world.

3. Sip a Craft Margarita at Central 214 -- or Create Your Own!

Photo courtesy of Lovell PR
Celebrate National Margarita Day with Mixologist Amber West and Executive Chef Graham Dodds' special treats at Central 214.

Check out the Avarita - $9. It's Amber's new craft margarita made with tarragon & Thai chili infused el Jimador, Mathilde XO, agave nectar, fresh lime & muddled avocado. Served over ice. Yum!. Avarita & Quesadilla - $12 (Chicken Confit Quesadilla with mini Avarita).

When: Friday, February 22, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Central 214 at Hotel Palomar Dallas - 5680 N Central Expwy at Mockingbird Dallas 75206. 214-443-9339.

Make Your Own: Just prepare muddled avocado with 2 oz. fresh lime, .5 oz agave nectar, .75 oz Mathilde XO, 1.75 tarragon & Thai chili infused el Jimador. Enjoy!

4. Margarita Recipes

© Angela Patterson
Here are a few variations for the margarita. Cheers!
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