If Texas had a state drink, it would be a margarita. A margarita is a simple drink really. 2 parts tequila, 1 part lime juice, and 1 part triple sec. Frozen or on the rocks is completely up to you. Originating in Mexico in the late 1930s or early 1940s, the drink became extremely popular in the southern United States. Houston adopted the drink quickly, creating a wide variety of flavors hardly similar to its original form.
I first heard about Margarita Fest a few days before it was set to take place. I quickly bought my ticket, ecstatic my friend had found out about it when she did. In typical Houston fashion however, it rained. No, it poured. Margarita Fest was moved from its original Saturday date to Sunday. I'm not going to lie, people were mad. I would be too if I bought a ticket for something and then wasn't offered a refund after the date change. People we were set to go with couldn't come, but a select group of friends and I headed out to the muddy grounds anyway, refusing to waste our $40 tickets.
Despite the mud, it turned out to be a wonderful day. We arrived early and immediately tried one of the premium margaritas. Throughout the day we proceeded to try cucumber margaritas, orange and cinnamon margaritas, apple margaritas, and even jalapeño margaritas. Some were better than others (I'm looking at you jalapeño marg), but with over 19 flavor choices it is hard to not try them all.
This year, Margarita Fest took place in Sam Houston Park. Named after Texas' most famous president (yes, Texas was its own republic after it won independence from Mexico), Sam Houston Park is located amongst the skyscrapers downtown. The park is home to some of Houston's oldest structures, including a cabin built in 1823 and a church built in 1891. It is rare to find 19th century buildings still standing in Houston. The park has become the perfect place to preserve some of these treasures.