It's not every day that Marilyn Monroe rolls into a cantina and buys a round of margaritas for the house.

Marilyn Monroe Wants A Drink
Marilyn Monroe Wants A Drink

But one sultry evening in Juarez, Mexico, she did just that, leaving lucky margarita lovers at the Kentucky Club with the bar story to end all bar stories.

If her choice of drinking holes seems completely random, it wasn't.

On that day in 1961, Marilyn Monroe was in town to get a quickie divorce from playwright Arthur Miller. Done with the messy details, she was in a mood to celebrate.

And in the same way that Juarez, Mexico, was famous for granting quickie divorces to movie stars, the Kentucky Club was famous for inventing the margarita. Or so the story goes.

According to sources of undetermined reliability, the Kentucky-Club-as-margarita-birthplace origin story involves a thirsty bullfighter (naturally) and his beautiful (of course) girlfriend named...wait for it...Margarita. And blahblahblah, our beautiful Margarita doesn't want straight shots of tequila, and blahblahblah the smitten bartender grabs some limes and invents a cocktail for her.

And, lo, the drink is delicious, and, lo, the bartender names it after beautiful Margarita, and, lo, the cocktail catches on.

That's all well and good. But I'm more interested in Marilyn Monroe bursting through the door to buy a round for the room.

In which case, let's say it's 1961, and we're all sitting around the Kentucky Club dressed like characters from Mad Men...which margarita would you choose to drink with Marilyn Monroe from a barstool in Juarez, Mexico?

"Nothing tastes better than tequila and jalapeno; the cucumber adds a freshness that helps to mute the jalapeno's bite," says Dillon. "The longer it chills, the more jalapeno and cucumber infuses into the tequila. Serve over ice in a salt-rimmed glass, garnished with cucumber slices."

Jalapeno and Cucumber Margarita
Photo by Sherri

"This is a fun cocktail that balances the tart, sweet, and tangy flavors of the liquors beautifully," says hlmartin81. "Enjoy frozen or on the rocks in a sugar-rimmed glass."

Cowboy Margaritas
Photo by lutzflcat

"It's called riverbank margaritas because you can carry everything you need to the riverbank," says Rob. "Very tasty! You can have it on the rocks or we sometimes put it in resealable bags in the freezer and it becomes slushy."

Riverbank Margaritas
Riverbank Margaritas | Photo by lutzflcat

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