Nick Nicora Takes Guinness World Record Title for Largest Margarita from Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

On Friday, July 13th, Stitches 'n Dishes announced that Nick Nicora of Ovations Food Services set a new Guinness world record at the California State Fair at Cal Expo in Sacramento for the largest cocktail, a 10,500 gallon Calarita Margarita, taking the title from Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville in Las Vegas.

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Nick Nicora and Ricardo Hussong with Official Guinness Witnesses in front of the World's Largest Cocktail

Nick Nicora and Ricardo Hussong with Official Guinness Witnesses in front of the World's Largest Cocktail

We reached out to the community, and the community reached back. It can't be just me; it can't be just Ricardo. It's got to be the whole team. It's pretty exciting. I've got to tell you what's amazing about it is how many people came together to do this.

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) July 16, 2012

Stitches 'n Dishes, the recognized leader in marketing and public relations for mobile food businesses in California announced that Nick Nicora, a co-owner of Ovations Food Services, one of the country's largest food and beverage service providers, partnered with the owner of Cantina Hussong's, Ricardo Hussong to claim the Guinness world record for making the world's largest margarita – a title, that until Friday, was held by Jimmy Buffett and his Margaritaville in Las Vegas.

"Taking claim of the Guinness world record for the largest Calarita Margarita cocktail from an institution like Margaritaville is nothing short of extraordinary," said Christopher Ford, Co-Founder at Stitches 'n Dishes. "Coordinating the resources necessary to pull this off required razor sharp attention to detail, and probably the mind of a mad scientist."

Nicora says that partnering with Hussong made sense, because the original Margarita was invented at Cantina Hussong's in Ensinada, Mexicao in 1940, but claiming the world record was a community effort.

"We reached out to the community, and the community reached back. It can't be just me; it can't be just Ricardo. It's got to be the whole team. It's pretty exciting. I've got to tell you what's amazing about it is how many people came together to do this," he said.

Official witnesses for Guinness were on hand throughout the day at the California State Fair at Cal Expo in Sacramento where the new record was set, bringing Sacramento its fifth world record since 1979.

The Calarita will join a world record hall of fame in Sacramento, including Phil and Mark Warren, and Bill Weir, who set a world record for the longest ping-pong tournament at 101 hours one minute and 11 seconds from April 9-13, 1979, Tony Castro who set a world record for water skiing on bare hands for 849.7 feet on May 4, 2002, Pauline Potter of Sacramento who set the world record for being the heaviest woman alive at 643 pounds on May 13, 2010, and most recently, California Capitol City Dawg who set the world record for selling the most expensive hot dog in the world for $145.49 on May 31, 2012.

The Calarita Margarita crew consisted of more than 20 volunteers who poured Nicora's 10,500 gallon cocktail into a 25-foot tall, 20 horse power blender made by Westec Tank and Equipment Co. in Sonoma County.

The drink contains 4,650 bottles – that's 2,100 gallons – of Jose Cuervo Gold Tacquila, and 8,400 gallons of margarita mix, including 50 gallons of lime mix, and 20 gallons of Cointreau liqueur.

Last year, Nicora claimed the world record title for the World's Largest Commercially Available Hamburger at the Alameda County Fair over the Independence Day weekend. The burger weighed in at 777 pounds.

Nicora's youngest son, Andrew Nicora, co-founder of Stitches 'n Dishes began announcing his father's planned attempt to break the record last week in Twitter conversations using hash tag #Calarita.

Nicora's prized cocktail recipe yields 134,000 Calarita Margaritas and beats Buffet's 8,500 gallon record set in 2011 by 2,000 gallons. Nicora and Hussong kicked off happy hour at the Cantina Hussong's Cal Expo location immediately following their claim to victory. The World's Largest Margarita will be served at the California State Fair, Cal Expo in Sacramento in souvenir cups and shakers until July 31, 2012.


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Nick Nicora and Ricardo Hussong mixing the World's Largest Cocktail at Cal Expo at the California State Fair Nick Nicora and Ricardo Hussong mixing the World's Largest Cocktail at Cal Expo at the California State Fair

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Calarita Margarita Crew with Nick Nicora and Ricardo Hussong in front of the World's Largest Cocktail Calarita Margarita Crew with Nick Nicora and Ricardo Hussong in front of the World's Largest Cocktail

Calarita Margarita Crew with Nick Nicora and Ricardo Hussong in front of the World's Largest Cocktail