All day I have been reminded that today is National Margarita Day. Even the Food Network has a nice write up on Margarita Day. In their story, they have this paragraph:
Named after a lady named Margarita. The original Margarita was invented in 1948 by socialite Margarita Sames. According to the legend it was during a party at her cliffside hacienda in Acapulco that Margarita began experimenting with ‘the drink’. Looking for something to cut the dust of a hot afternoon, she mixed Tequila Herradura, Cointreau and fresh lime juice. Her cocktail kept the party going for two weeks and today the Margarita is the #1 most popular cocktail in the U.S.
As you may suspect, yes, that is the Margarita Sames from the Sames family of Laredo. I keep meaning to write a post about Laredo trivia and haven’t done it yet but it will definitely include the Sames connection to Margaritas. Of course, the origin is highly contested. Wikipedia lists nine different sources for the Margarita’s start. Of course, because most of us are in Laredo, we will take the Margarita Sames version – for sure she was the one to have first put salt on the rim.
But, if you are not the margarita celebrating type, today is also Global World Thinking day for Girl Scouts. That doesn’t mean we can’t join in and celebrate global awareness issues right along with young girls.
Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, girls participate in activities, games, and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. World Thinking Day is part of the WAGGGS Global Action Theme (GAT) based on the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people. The theme for World Thinking Day 2011 is girls worldwide say “empowering girls will change our world.”
World Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, but is also a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community—one of nearly 150 countries with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. WAGGGS selected five countries of focus for World Thinking Day 2011 to represent the five WAGGGS regions: Bolivia (Western Hemisphere), Cyprus (Europe), Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa), Nepal (Asia/Pacific), Yemen(Arab Region).
I very much agree with this year’s theme “empowering girls will change our world” – just ask your momma or the Margarita Sames of this world.