National Margarita Day (February 22) is upon us and it’s time to celebrate. As we said with National Drink Wine Day, we acknowledge that this is a fake holiday, but it is still a holiday that urges us to drink, so drink we will!
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite margarita recipe for this occasion. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill, two-for-one Margarita Monday margs, though. These drinks take the classic cocktail and make it better. Whether you’re looking for something a little smoky, such as the Dry Smoke Margarita from Clay Pigeon in Fort Worth, Texas, or something a little more savory, such as the Carrot, Gingerm & Bacon (yes, bacon) Margarita, we’ve got you covered.
If your go-to is the standard (tequila, lime, Cointreau), today is the perfect day to mix up your routine a little bit and try something new.
(Created by Jaime Salas, National Milagro Ambassador)
- 1.5 parts Milagro Silver (bacon fat-washed)
- 1 part pineapple juice
- .75 part celery juice
- .5 part lime juice
- .5 part nopal (optional)
- .5 part cilantro or parsley
- Chicharron salt garnish
Method: With a half lime, rinse around the rim of a rocks glass and salt with chicharron salt. Separately, combine all ingredients and shake well. Strain mix over fresh ice into the glass.
Blood Orange Margarita
- 2 oz Corralejo Reposado Tequila
- 3 oz fresh blood orange juice
- .75 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 oz simple syrup
Method: Rub the rim of an old fashioned glass (or whatever similar vessel you prefer to drink out of) with an edge of a blood orange slice. Swirl the rim through a small pile of kosher or sea salt to salt the rim. Combine all ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Put a few cubes of ice in the salted glass. Strain the cocktail into the glass and enjoy.
Strawberry Jalapeno Infused Margarita
(Created at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, San Antonio)
- 1.5 oz strawberry jalapeno tequila
- .5 oz Patrón Citrónge
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 oz agave nectar
- Lime wedge and jalapeño for garnish
Method: Combine tequila, Citrónge, lime juice, and agave nectar. Rim margarita glass with salt and fill with ice. Pour mixture over ice with strainer. Garnish with lime wedge and jalapeño.
(Created by Eric Simmons, Celeste, Chicago)
- 1.5 oz Tequila Don Julio Reposado
- .25 oz Genepy des Alpes
- .75 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- .5 oz fresh squeezed pineapple juice
- .5 oz basil ginger syrup
- .25 oz spiced beet juice
- Mint sprig for garnish
Method: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass and garnish with mint sprig.
- 1.25 parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
- .5 part pineapple juice
- .25 part agave
- .25 part fresh lime juice
Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake very hard, and then strain over fresh ice.
(Created Drew Sweeney, Beverage Director at Dream Midtown, New York City)
- 1.5 oz Casamigos Tequila
- .75 oz agave
- .75 lime juice
- Prickly pear purée
Method: Rim a rocks glass with turmeric salt. Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into glass with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and blue cocktail umbrella.
North End Margarita
(Created by Stephen King, Boston)
- 2 oz Patrón Reposado
- .5 oz Patrón Citrónge
- .5 oz lemon juice
- .25 oz agave nectar
- 2 whole cherry tomatoes
- 2 thyme sprigs
- Lemon/thyme/pepper citrus salt rim*
Method: In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle 1 cherry tomato with agave nectar. Add liquid ingredients and one thyme sprig and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Strain through a mesh strainer into a chilled cocktail glass that has been rimmed with the seasoned salt. Garnish with remaining cherry tomato and thyme sprig.
*Lemon/thyme/pepper citrus salt rim: Combine 2 tbsp kosher salt, .5 tsp dried thyme, and a twist of black pepper with a wide strip of lemon zest in a cocktail shaker. Muddle briefly to express zest and infuse flavor, then remove and discard.
Dry Smoke Margarita
(Created at Clay Pigeon, Fort Worth)
- 1.5 oz Vida Mezcal
- .5 oz dry curaçao
- 1 oz lime juice
- .5 oz orange juice
- .75 oz agave
- Sea salt and Spanish paprika to rim
Method: Rim cocktail with sea salt and smoked Spanish paprika mixture. Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour over ice and garnish with lime.
Carrot, Ginger, & Bacon Margarita
(Created by Andrea Correale, Elegant Affairs)
- 1 oz tequila
- 3 oz carrot juice, freshly squeezed if possible
- 1 oz apple juice
- 2 thin slices of fresh ginger
- Bacon for garnish
Methods: Muddle the ginger slices in the bottom of a shaker glass. Add the remaining ingredients. Pour into a blender over ice and blend until smooth. Garnish with thin slices of fresh ginger and bacon.
(Created at Rooftop at Exchange Place, Jersey City)
- .5 oz Domaine de Canton
- .5 oz Espolon Blanco Tequila
- .25 oz Vida Mezcal
- .5 oz lime juice
- .5 oz simple syrup
Method: Combine ingredients in a shaker tin. Add ice half way up. Shake hard for 7 seconds. Strain into a Collins glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.