Blender or not, Vegas helps celebrate National Margarita Day

Margaritaville Margarita SpreadAt a consumption rate of 185,000 per hour, margaritas have advanced from exotic drink to an American staple — with an optional extra shot.

The adaptability of the margarita has helped make it such a popular option. With variations of on the rocks or blended and everything from lime to prickly pear, there’s something to satisfy every taste. So to celebrate this extremely customizable concoction, what else do Americans do to but give it its own day, National Margarita Day on Feb. 22.

And in Las Vegas, that means deals and special drinks for you.

The folks at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville are not only celebrating margaritas, but the 40th anniversary of the margarita machine, a staple at the restaurant and bar along with countless other frozen drink stations. The first margarita machine was made in 1971 using soft-serve ice cream technology. Today, margarita lovers can bring home their own machine at stores like Kohl’s, Target and even Walmart.

To help celebrate the occasion, Margaritaville is offering a $22.20 gift certificate for patrons celebrating a Feb. 22 birthday or free food and drink throughout the entire day for guests who were born on February 22, 1922. Additionally, anyone named Margarita or Rita will receive a free bottle of Margaritaville Margarita Mix.

Here some additional margarita figures from the folks at Margaritaville:

  • More than 4 million margaritas are served annually in Margaritaville restaurants.
  • At Margaritaville, margaritas on the rocks beat out their frozen sibling 60/40.
  • The Margaritaville way to drink a margarita: salt always beats out no salt.
  • Margaritaville Las Vegas sells more margaritas than any other Margaritaville location with an estimated 1 million margaritas served annually.

The margarita has also made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records. Margaritaville in Orlando set the world record in 2001 with 7,038 gallons worth of brain-freezing goodness. The record held for nine years until Las Vegas’ own Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant trumped the feat in Oct. 2010 with 7,627 gallons.

N9NE_margThe occasion hasn’t been lost on N9NE Steakhouse inside the Palms, but with a high-end twist. The “Luxury Margarita” makes its debut on the cocktail menu on National Margarita Day, pulling together Don Julio Real, blue agave nectar, a fresh lime snowball and Grand Marnier. The new signature cocktail will run guests $39.

El Segundo Sol will mark the occasion with a buy-one, get-one-free offer sure to fulfill your thirst for margaritas. If a margarita isn’t enough, you can skip the potential brain freeze and knock back a shot of Cazadores for $1.

So whether you’re in Las Vegas to celebrate the creation of the margarita machine with your own personal-record sized margarita or blending them at home, be sure to celebrate another of America’s unheralded national days. And if you lose your shaker of salt, there’s always another one available in Vegas.