Hes 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 didnt 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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