The Frozen Margarita and Mariano's Frozen Margarita Machine is the Official Drink of the City of Dallas and the State of Texas!
The Man and His Machine
After a sleepless night Mariano went to get his morning cup of coffee at a local 7-11 store. When he walked in, he noticed a little girl pulling a frozen Slurpee from a machine, and it hit him. If he could make his margaritas using precise portions that he could control ahead of time instead of in the middle of a rush, and make them in large quantities and freeze the batches in a machine, his problems would be solved. Easier said than done.
It took countless hours of hard work and ingenuity. Mariano spent day and night tinkering with an old soft-serve ice cream machine, and souping it up like you would with a car. The result? The World’s First Frozen Margarita Machine. The word about his frozen margaritas spread and Mariano’s became the destination for margaritas in Dallas. And the frozen margarita machine soon became standard equipment in restaurants – exploding the popularity of tequila and early Tex-Mex cuisine both in Texas and worldwide. Mariano’s invention is such a part of our culture that, in October 2005, the World’s First Frozen Margarita Machine was inducted into the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. In September 2010 it was named one of the “Top Ten Inventions from the National Museum of American History’s Collection.
What Makes Us Different?
From the original frozen margarita to transforming Texas Ranch Cuisine, innovation has always been at home in our kitchen. And it continues today with our custom-designed log fired grills. Using sweet mesquite wood logs, they burn hotter and faster than conventional grills, giving our fire-roasted salsa, steaks and seafood incredible flavor.
Quality is Our Key Ingredient
From the original Mariano’s that opened in 1971 to our six neighborhood restaurants, we welcome you to come on in and enjoy Texas Ranch Cuisine served by people who care, amidst authentic Texas ranch decor with a dash of vaquero. We also have special event rooms available to accommodate your next event.
The Texas Origins of the Frozen Margarita Machine
Mariano Martinez and the Worlds First Frozen Margarita Machine.
A Dallas Restaurant Owner Remembers Life in Texas BT-Before Tex-Mex
The Uniquely Texan Origins of the Frozen Margarita by Franz Lidz / Smithsonianmag.com
Margarita Machine Makes Way to Smithsonian By Coleen McCain Nelson / The Dallas Morning News
Quick Backstory of The World’s First Frozen Margarita Machine.
National Museum of American History Acquires Frozen Margarita Machine
Early Influencers: The Man Who Invented the World’s First Frozen Margarita
15 Random Things You Can Totally Thank Texas For By Brice Sander / Buzzfeed
The 10 Best Margaritas in Dallas By Amy McCarthy / Dallas Observer
Mariano Martinez: Inventor, Visionary, Legend Behind Great Mexican Food in DFW By Angela Patterson, About.com Guide
Margarita Man’s Smithsonian Adventure – The Carmel Pine Cone
Featured Restaurant: La Hacienda Ranch – Dallas Real Estate Blog
Smithsonian Limelight for Margarita Machine – Monterey Herald
Frozen or On The Rocks? The Margarita Revival – Tex-Mex Cookbook