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National Margarita Day - February 22
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National Margarita Day – February 22

NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY

National Margarita Day is observed annually on February 22nd.

Usually served in a salted rim glass and known to be the most common tequila-based cocktail served in the United States, the margarita is a cocktail that consists of tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice.   A key ingredient is the freshly squeezed lime juice.  In the United States, the most common lime is the thick-skinned Persian lime.  When margaritas are made with lemons, they have a much softer taste.

Margaritas can be served on the rocks (shaken with ice), frozen (blended with ice), or straight up (without ice).

There are many different stories and myths, beginning as early as 1938, as to how and when the margarita was created.

In the December 1953 issue of Esquire magazine, the margarita cocktail was the “Drink of the Month”.  The recipe as printed was:

1 ounce tequila
Dash of Triple Sec
Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon
Pour over crushed ice, stir. Rub the rim of a stem glass with rind of lemon or lime, spin in salt—pour, and sip.  (Wikipedia)

The margarita was further popularized with the 1977 release of Jimmy Buffett’s song, “Margaritaville”.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Get a margarita (Remember to always drink responsibly and to never drink and drive) and use #NationalMargaritaDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Margarita Day, an unofficial national holiday,  is claimed to have been founded by a few dozen bartenders, so it is difficult to trace its exact origin.

 

National Cook a Sweet Potato Day - February 22
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National Cook a Sweet Potato Day – February 22

NATIONAL COOK A SWEET POTATO DAY

National Cook A Sweet Potato Day is celebrated across the United States each year on February 22nd.  The sweet potato is eaten and loved, each day, by millions of people across the nation.

Either Central America or South America is thought to be the center of origin and domestication of sweet potatoes.  It is known that in Central America, sweet potatoes were domesticated at least 5,ooo years ago.   Peruvian sweet potato remnants dating as far back as 8000 BC have been found in South America.

The sweet potato is an excellent source of vitamin A which supports good vision, the immune system and bone growth. It’s also great for the complexion. It’s also a good source of vitamine B-6, magnesium and vitamin C.

High in fiber and low in fat and calories, this root vegetable is a a healthful alternative to snack foods when prepared without added butter, sugar or salt.

Unlike other potatoes, sweet potatoes like long, hot growing seasons.  Which might be why it is the state vegetable of North Carolina.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

Give these sweet potato recipes a try:

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Louisiana Sweet Potato Pancakes
Sweet Potato Pecan Pie
Sweet Potato Casserole with Crunchy Pecan Topping
Sweet Potato Pineapple Casserole
Sweet Potato Cake

Use #CookASweetPotatoDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research we were unable to identify the creator of National Cook a Sweet Potato Day.

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