Friday, May 5, 2006

Margarita Pioneer Dead At 91

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you end up drinking margaritas today in honor of Cinco De Mayo (May 5), you owe a toast to Albert Hernandez, Sr.

He’s the man who, in 1947, created the blended – or “Americanized” – margarita that is now a staple at Mexican restaurants all over the U.S.

Hernandez – who died April 29 at the age of 91 – didn’t originally invent the popular cocktail but modified a recipe that was more like a cocktail into a frozen drink.

He first made the concoction in 1947 at a restaurant in La Jolla, California, and started handing out free pitchers to customers while he perfected the formula.

Once Hernandez mixed things down to 1 ounce of tequila, a half-ounce of orange liqueur, lemon juice and shaved ice, but his boss, Morris Locke, suggested salting the rim of the glass.

A funeral service will be held today in Rancho Bernardo, California and the members of his family are, like his drinks, crushed.

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