Cheers to National Margarita Day

It may help un-Monday your day to know it is National Margarita Day! A festive favorite, the original margarita is a simple, refreshing blend of lime, tequila and triple sec liqueur.

Served frosty and fiesta-ready, the drink has a storied history. According to, the most prevalent origin story is that Carlos “Danny” Herrera first mixed the drink at his Tijuana-area restaurant, Rancho La Gloria, in 1938. Another tale, and one that would explain the drink’s name, is that Texan socialite Margarita Sames first mixed the cocktail for friends at her Mexican vacation home in 1948.

No matter how the margarita came to be, its popularity decades later proves it’s here to stay—and will continue to be a menu favorite at The Fort! In honor of National Margarita Day, we’re sharing our recipe for a modern twist, the prickly pear margarita. Simply prepared and even easier to enjoy, this drink is a great way to celebrate today’s holiday, or any day at all!

The Fort's modern interpretation, the prickly pear margarita

The Fort’s modern interpretation, the prickly pear margarita

The Fort’s Prickly Pear Margarita

(serves 1)

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • Juice of ½ large lime
  • 1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 ½ oz. triple sec
  • 3 tablespoons prickly pear syrup
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • Salt for glass rim, and lime for garnish

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. Add ice, and stir. Strain and serve in salt-rimmed glass. Cheers!

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