February 22nd is National Margarita Day! The margarita cocktail—a famous concoction of tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, and lime juice—has been around since the 1940’s. Every bartender in the world has put a unique spin on this classic, but no one knows who created the original. Dozens of people claim that they invented the margarita, including a bartender named Willie from Mexico City. He said that in 1934 he created and named the drink for his friend Marguerite Hemery. Another popular legend is that Carlos “Danny” Herrera developed the drink at his restaurant in Tijuana in 1938. He invented it for Marjorie King, a customer who was allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila, and didn’t like its sour taste. Another story is that the Dallas socialite Margarita Sames mixed up the drink in 1948 for a house full of guests. One of them was Tommy Hilton who later added the drink to the bar menu at his hotels. While the true identity of the tequila master may never be known, the margarita will go down in history as one of the most popular mixed drinks of all time. To celebrate National Margarita Day, invite some friends over and enjoy a pitcher of homemade margaritas. Here are some of my favorite recipes that are perfect to celebrate National Margarita Day:
What ever your preference is, frosted or on the rocks, how can you not celebrate National Margarita Day? The main ingredient used in margaritas is of course lime juice. Lime is not only found in margaritas, the oil extracted from its peel or skin is extensively used in body oils, cosmetics, hair products, beauty soaps, disinfectants, skin care products, nail care products, & lots of other products. There are many benefits for your hair, skin, & nails when it comes to lime juice, it has been used to protect skin from several infections, as a bleaching agent, & its disinfectant, antibiotic and antioxidant properties aid in skin rejuvenation. Where do you usually keep your limes? In your fridge, in the kitchen, so after cooking up a meal with a really intense aroma like seafood, sometimes it’s hard to get rid of the smell from your hands or they just don’t feel 100% clean. Try using lime juice, its disinfectant properties can be used as a hand sanitizer or deodorizer. Put it in a small bowl & wash your hands with the lime juice, then rinse your hands with water. The disinfectant properties in limes can also be used in the your bathing regimen, sweat & body odor can be tackled easily by mixing lime juice in bath water. Lime juice can be used as a last hair rinse for adding shine to hair & for removing the grime left behind by shampoo as well as conditioner. This is especially good for those that have trouble with dandruff, an oily scalp, or easily get build up from hair products.
Lime juice & oil is a natural beauty aid to having beautiful, healthy skin since it is full of vitamin c & antioxidants. Vitamin C is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells & blood vessels & gives skin its firmness & strength. It also rejuvenates the skin when applied externally as its acids scrub out the dead cells (a natural exfoliator) & giving your skin’s appearance a youthful glow. Lime juice can also help with breakouts (pimples) & is known to help control oily skin, improve dull & greasy complexions, improve rough dry skin spots, relieve tired eyes, & lessen the appearance of sunspots, age spots, & light freckles.
DIY Margarita Body Scrub
Things You’ll Need:
1 cup fine sea salt
2 oz. olive oil
Juice of one lime
3/4 oz. white tequila
- Mix ingredients in a waterproof container. If mixture is too gritty, add a little more olive oil.
- While showering, rub mixture into the skin in a circular motion.
- Rinse until all of the salt mixture is off your skin.
- Apply lotion after getting out of the shower.
A very easy recipe that works well because lime & tequila are natural antiseptics, so they detoxify the skin & help improve tone & texture.
Try this at home with your loved, it will fun & the both of you will have soft, smooth skin.