How to Properly Celebrate National Margarita Day
Light up barware to light up your celebration! Choose from still to seven different colors or 'rainbow' mode to enjoy these colorful plastic glasses.
There are many frivolous, unnecessary and unknonwn "National Holidays" that are celebrated around this country. With that said, is today National Margarita Day? Well, no, but I just found out February 22 is! Stop, think. Is this or is this not a great holiday? Celebrating the lowly Margarita.
The Margarita is made of tequila, Cointreau or triple sec, lime or lemon and the famous lick of salt. It is believed the Margarita was invented during the 1930s or 1940s depending on who you credit its invention. Some say it was one Carlos “Danny” Herrera at his restaurant in 1938 while others say it was Margarita Sames, a wealthy Texas socialite in 1948. Another story has one Enrique Bastante Gutierez creating this drink in the 1940s for actress Rita Hayworth, who's real name was Margarita.
Regardless of who created it, it has become one of the most popular cocktails in the United States. You can walk into any bar at any time and see someone holding that specially shaped glass with the slice of lime.
Of course can drink it in a specially made Margarita glass or a regular cocktail glass, or out of cup, it doesn't matter what you drink it from or how its mixed for you, its still a Margarita.
Facts About Margaritas
- According to Brown-Forman, 2008, Americans consume 185,000 Margaritas per hour.
- The US is the number one tequila market – even larger than Mexico
- The original Margarita was made with Cointreau
- There are between 150 and 170 calories in one cocktail glass of Margarita.
- The only "officially recognized" Margarita by the International Bartender's Association, is the version served on the rocks with a salt rim
- It is believed that a salt on the rim of the glass enhances the flavor of the Margarita
- Atlanta, Miami, St. Louis and Nashville are among the best major metro cities for the Margarita
An easy Sopapilla Cheesecake Recipe
Use the three trays for different ingredients as listed. Fits glasses up to six inches and folds for compact storag.
How to Celebrate Margarita Day
While many of you may never have heard of National Margarita Day,I have a feeling bars and restaurants across the country are aware of this holiday and are gearing up to celebrate it. Even with unknown origins this drink is tops. I would imagine it's popularity is what gained it it's own day of celebration. A day to pay tribute? After researching I found no one seems to know when or how National Margarita Day began. FAQ Alert seems to think it might have been started by a tequila company as a promotion.
One good way to celebrate the day would be to try different variations on the original recipe for Margaritas. You could change the amount of triple sec or the amount of tequila, but remember the old saying "One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor." Never overindulge in any drink but especially one that contains more than one liquor! You can have a 'Virgin' Margarita which won't leave you with a headache or any other side effects.
What about a Mexican fiesta party to celebrate Margarita? You could have a buffet of Mexican foods like chimichangas, quesadillas, pulled pork, chips with guacamole dip, maybe add some "make your own" tacos, and, of course, pitchers of different types of Margaritas. You could top the food off with a Sopapilla cheesecake. There are many recipes for this delicious cheesecake on the Internet. There's a video here for Sopapilla cheesecake so feel free to make one. Decorate with some mini-sombreros, a pinata, and lots of colorful plates and napkins.
What about your Margaritas? Remember you can make different colored Margaritas. One way is to add different colored salt to your glass, you can actually buy black or pink salt. Don't forget to have some lemon or lime juice handy so your guests can dip the rim of the glass before putting it in the salt.
Another way is to use blue curacao with your tequila to make the entire Margarita blue or add a berry juice to change the color. Everybody loves Strawberry Margarita and it adds a nice red Margarita to your colorful table.
Just for you information if you can't celebrate Margarita Day on February 22nd, National Tortilla Day is February 24th, but don't worry if you can't celebrate these days in February, there's always Cinco de Mayo!
Different colored Margaritas
All your favorite Margarita variations are in this book from Strawberry Margarita to Passionfruit Margarita
- 1 ounce tequila Dash of Triple Sec Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon
- Pour over crushed ice, stir. Rub the rim of a stem glass with rind of lemon or lime, spin in salt
- Pour and sip
Rate this Basic Recipe
Variations on Margarita Recipe
- 1 ounce tequila
- Dash of Triple Sec
- Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon
Pour over crushed ice, stir. Rub the rim of a stem glass with rind of lemon or lime, spin in salt—pour, and sip
- 1/2 Oz. Cointreau (Or Orange Liqueur)
- 1 1/2 Oz. Tequila , White Or Gold
- Coarse Salt
- Juice Of 1/2 Large Or One Small Lime
Mix tequila, triple sec, and lime juice with ice in a shaker or blender. Rub rim of a chilled cocktail glass with a piece of lime. Dip the rim of the glass in a saucer of salt until it is evenly coated. Strain Margarita mixture into glass and garnish with a thin slice of lime.
- Sea salt
- 1 lime or lemon wedge
- 3/4 cup lime juice, about 4 limes
- 1/2 cup lemon juice, about 2 lemons
- 1/2 cup tequila
- 1/8 cup Cointreau
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 3/4 cups ice cubes, about 16 cubes
- Place some sea salt on a piece of wax paper.
- Lightly dampen the rims of the cocktail glasses with a lime or lemon wedge, and then dip each rim into the salt to coat.
- Place the rest of the ingredients into a blender and blend on high to combine.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared cocktail glasses and serve.
Frozen Virgin Margaritas
Use for garnish:
2 tbsp margarita salt
1 lime wedge
Add to blender:
1 can, 6-oz size, frozen limeade, thawed
¼ cup orange juice
3 cups ice cubes
How to Make a Margarita
Whether you celebrate the Margarita on National Margarita Day, Cinco de Mayo, or any day you need a refreshing cocktail, just remember National Margarita Day is the third Friday in February. I guess that's so you can recuperate on Saturday. Don't forget, if you don't drink alcohol, for any reason, there's always a 'virgin' version of every cocktail.
I hope you enjoyed this write up about National Margarita Day and though I probably don't have to remind you, I will anyway, whenever you are drinking always have a designated driver with you so you can enjoy yourself without worry. Happy National Margarita Day or whatever day you choose to celebrate!!
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