Leaving Los Cabos

Our gang was glad to be in the Tropics

February 22, 2013 – Sad to say we only have 1 more day in Los Cabos before we are northward bound and our return to the US to pickup our next tour group.  This morning we hit the beach for a swim at Playa Santa Maria and later we host a Happy Hour on Playa Medano.  Our time in Los Cabos has been fun, the gang sure enjoyed their dinner and drinks at Peter & Joe’s Restaurant at Vagabundos the evening we arrived.  Our visit to the Mona Lisa, Artizanos, San Jose del Cabo and dinner at Lattitude 22 were also memorable as was the Toga Party at the campground sponsored by a group of Escapees that included our friends Bob & Melanie, certainly lots of fun to go around.  After today, Bobby & Wendy’s campground in Pescadero will be quite a change we believe everyone will enjoy.

Did you know?

Today is National Margarita Day!  The margarita is a Mexican cocktail consisting of tequila mixed with Cointreau or similar orange-flavoured liqueur and lime or lemon juice, often served with salt on the glass rim.  It is the most common tequila-based cocktail in the United States and Canada.  The drink is served shaken with ice, on the rocks, blended with ice (frozen margarita) or without ice (straight up).

Bob & Melanie and Escapees Toga Party at Villa Serena

Lattitude 22, home of No Bad Days

Although there is no universal agreement on who “invented” the Margarita the the most accepted of all stories is that the Margarita was invented in October 1941, at Hussong’s Cantina in Ensenada, Mexico, by bartender Don Carlos Orozco.  As the story goes Don Carlos was experimenting with mixing new drinks when a prestigious visitor arrived; Margarita Henkel, the daughter of a German ambassador, who lived with her husband Roy Parodi near the city in Rancho Hamilton.  Don Carlos offered the drink to Margarita, and named it after her for being the first person to taste it.  He concocted a mixture of equal parts tequila, orange liqueur and lime, served over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.  In reality Don Carlos’ recipe was made with Damiana Liqueur, not Cointreau orange liqueur.

Peter helping everyone with menu items

Another common story related the Margarita being invented a few years earlier at the Rancho La Gloria Hotel, halfway between Tijuana and Rosarito, Mexico, by Carlos “Danny” Herrera, for a former Ziegfeld dancer named Marjorie King.  Apparently Marjorie was allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila, and didn’t like its sour taste. This story was related by Herrera and also by bartender Albert Hernandez, who is acknowledged for popularizing the Margarita in San Diego after 1947, at the La Plaza restaurant in La Jolla.  Hernandez claimed the owner of La Plaza, Morris Locke, knew Herrera and visited Mexico often.  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 and as many of us know firsthand, too popular!.  Over the years we have certainly enjoyed them at many of the establishments we visit, sometimes too many!  This includes, Rice & Beans, Serenidad Hotel, Vagabundos Trailer Park Restaurant, Giggling Dolphin and Ray’s Place.  To celebrate National Margarita Day, invite some friends over and enjoy a pitcher of homemade margaritas!  We will on Playa Medano this evening with our hosted Happy Hour!

Charlotte & Jan enjoyed their Margaritas


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