Celebrate the Margarita

February 18, 2015

What is the most popular tequila cocktail? YES! The margarita. And guess what? There is a whole day dedicated to enjoying copious amounts of this lovely cocktail, February 22nd. National Margarita Day. This year, that falls on a Sunday. While we will be closed (boo), we're providing a little history and a couple recipes so you can stock up early!

Who invented the margarita?

Like many popular drinks, more than one person has claimed the origin of the margarita.

The most believable story comes from a little Tijuana restaurant called Rancho La Gloria and it's owner, Carlos "Danny" Herrera. As the story goes, he concocted the drink for a young actress who was allergic to most hard alcohol ACCEPT tequila. So he whipped up a variation of the famous tequila shot and put them in a glass. The frozen version didn't appear until 1971. Leave it to hippies to turn a perfectly good drink into a slushy. Go here for more history

Enough about history, let's celebrate! Margarita's are so fun! They are so easy to make and there are so many possibilities. Do you like the traditional margarita, the skinny version, frozen, or strawberry? Want to find the perfect recipe for a mango margarita? To the Internet! We've done some searching for you and here are a couple recipes we couldn't help but share. We may or may not have made up the names.

Bucket O' Classic Margarita

1 750 mL bottle silver tequila
1-2 cups Triple Sec or Cointreau (depends on how strong you want it!)
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice plus several teaspoons for rimming glasses
About a gallon of ice cubes

Just before serving, mix the tequila, Triple Sec and lime juice in a pitcher (or bucket for a classy party). As your guests are ready for their margaritas, rim the glasses (or red solo cups) with lime juice then salt. Shake the margarita mixture with ice in a shaker, thn pour into beverage container.

Itty Bitty Skinny Margarita (serves 2)

5 ounces tequila
5 ounces freshly squeezed citrus (orange, tangerine, blood orange, or grapefruit)
3 ounces fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons agave nectar
Splash of sparkling water

Line the rim of 2 glasses with lime juice then add salt. Add all ingredients except the sparkling water to a shaker with a few ice cubes and shake it to the beat of Another One Bites the Dust until chilled. Strain into serving glasses with new ice cubes and top with a splash of sparkling water.

It might just be the BEST skinny margarita you'll ever taste. What's great about this recipe is that you can have various citrus juices on hand to customize for guests.

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