National Margarita Day Has Come Again!
Sunday, February 22nd is National Margarita Day. Yes, we know what you’re thinking; a margarita is a warm weather drink, so why in the name of Miguel Hidalgo is National Margarita Day in February? Well, if you go to the official website for National Margarita Day, you’ll find a bewildering video in which a German puppet named Professor Hans von Puppet provides an explanation: “In the darkness of winter, we need the citrus vitality and joyful fellowship of National Margarita Day all the more.” So, yeah. We’re convinced.
There are many stories about how the margarita came to be. Some say it was invented in Mexico during the 1930s, others say it was invented by a Texas bartender in the 1960s. Still others say it was invented by an alien race in the year 2837 and brought back in time to help humanity chill out. However it came to be, the margarita is now the most common tequila-based cocktail in the United States. Without further ado, here are some tasty margarita recipes to try out:
1. Garden Margarita
We suggest starting out with a traditional margarita–then you can expand your horizons and test the limits of what a margarita can be. This tasty number comes from Mexico, the hallowed homeland of the margarita; more specifically, from the idyllic Rosewood Mayakoba resort in Riviera Maya. This pretty baby is made with uber-premium Clase Azul tequila, which comes in super-cool bottles. The margarita itself has a refreshing honey taste and enough booze to knock you on your culo.
- 1.5 oz infused lemongrass Clase Azul Tequila
- 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- .75 oz Cointreau
- .75 oz Agave Nectar
On the rocks: Moisten the rim of a rocks glass with a slice of lime, then get some chili powder or salt on the rim. Pour ingredients into a shaker and add ice. Shake well and serve in a rocks glass.
Frozen: Pour your ingredients into a blender and throw in 7-9 ice cubes. Blend until you get a nice, slushy texture. Serve in a margarita glass. Chili powder or salt on the rim is optional.
2. Cafe El Presidente Margarita:
This tasty mamma jamma comes to us from Cafe El Presidente, a New York City taqueria where mixologist Cameron Dale makes dreams come true. This is another fairly traditional margarita recipe, but has a slightly different energy than the Garden Margarita. The ingredients are also a bit more affordable. You might say this is a working man’s margarita, if there can be such a thing.
- 1.5 oz Herradura Silver tequila
- 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- .5 oz agave nectar
- .5 oz Mandarine Napoleon liqueur
Combine the ingredients and ice in a shaker, shake well, and serve over ice. Salt rim and a lime wedge are optional, but not really. C’mon, it’s a margarita.
3. Moonshine Margarita
If you’re hankering for a taste of Appalachia, then you might try this beauty. It comes to us from Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine in Gatlinburg, TN, which is poised on the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This moonshine won’t make you go blind; that said, you’ll likely have trouble keeping your eyes open after 6 or 7 of these puppies. Can you have a margarita without tequila? Many say no, but we say screw it, it’ll get the job done. Banjo not included.
- 2 parts Ole Smoky® Original Moonshine
- 1 part Lime Juice
- 1 part Simple Syrup
- 1 part Triple Sec
Garnish the rim with salt and sugar as you see fit. Mix the ingredients well, and pour over ice. A mason jar is a good home for this drink, but whatever glass you have should work.
4. Patron Smoked Sea Salt Margarita:
Patrón has recently unveiled its 2015 margarita of the year, and it is a doozy. This tasty number, developed by Brian Dressel of Midnight Cowboy in Austin, TX, has sweet and savory notes that will have you singing el Himno Nacional Mexicano after the first sip.
- 1.5 oz Patrón Silver
- .5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- .5 oz Pineapple Juice
- .5 oz Agave Nectar
- Pinch of Smoked Paprika
- Smoked Sea Salt
Garnish the rim of your rocks glass with smoked sea salt. Add all ingredients into a shaker and shake well. Strain the drink over ice. Add the traditional lime to the rim, then toss in a pinch of smoked paprika.
This hot item is perfect for folks who like a little spice with their sugar. The Sriracharita, created by mixologist Niccole Trzaska of The Liberty NYC, proves that you really can put Sriracha sauce on absolutely anything. If this drink gets too spicy for you, resist the urge to take another sip to cool yourself down. It will crush you.
- 1 part CRUZ Silver Tequila
- 1 part fresh lime juice
- 1 part simple syrup
- .5 part orange liqueur
- 4 dashes Sriracha
- Orange peel for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake it good, and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with large orange peel.
Drinking these margaritas may not make the winter end any sooner, but they should tide you over ’til spring. If you drink enough, you might work up the courage to go up to Punxsutawney, PA and give that meddling groundhog a piece of your mind.