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How to Properly Celebrate National Margarita Day

Updated on March 13, 2015

Margarita Drink

A refreshing Margarita.
A refreshing Margarita. | Source
Flashing Panda Set of 4 8-oz LED Light Up Flashing Margarita Glasses
Flashing Panda Set of 4 8-oz LED Light Up Flashing Margarita Glasses

Light up barware to light up your celebration! Choose from still to seven different colors or 'rainbow' mode to enjoy these colorful plastic glasses.


Margarita Creator

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

Doznegg Margarita/cocktail 3-Tier Bar Glass Rimmer, Black
Doznegg Margarita/cocktail 3-Tier Bar Glass Rimmer, Black

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

Different colored liquors, different colored Margaritas!
Different colored liquors, different colored Margaritas! | Source
101 Margaritas
101 Margaritas

All your favorite Margarita variations are in this book from Strawberry Margarita to Passionfruit Margarita


Margarita Recipe

  1. 1 ounce tequila Dash of Triple Sec Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon
  2. Pour over crushed ice, stir. Rub the rim of a stem glass with rind of lemon or lime, spin in salt
  3. Pour and sip

Rate this Basic Recipe

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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.


Frozen Margarita

  • 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
  1. Place some sea salt on a piece of wax paper.
  2. Lightly dampen the rims of the cocktail glasses with a lime or lemon wedge, and then dip each rim into the salt to coat.
  3. Place the rest of the ingredients into a blender and blend on high to combine.
  4. 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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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank you so much Au fait. So many 'celebrations' we aren't aware of and as far as I'm concerned the more the merrier. Glad you enjoyed the extras I threw in. Thank you so much for the votes and share, very much appreciated.

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      What a great hub! Full of interesting information and so well written! Fun and enjoyable to read for those reasons alone. I never knew there was a national Margarita Day before. I especially liked your party suggestions and all the info on the different ways you can mix a margarita and make it look festive and pretty every time.

      Voting you up, useful, and going to share. Judging from the number of comments this hub is already very popular and I think it's about to get more so!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Well I certainly hope you enjoy pinto! Thanks for stopping by.

      Klavdija I hope you enjoyed. Thanks so much for reading and commenting AND the thumbs up!

    • Klavdija Frahm profile image


      6 years ago from Slovenia

      Great hub, I love margaritas, you hub made me ditch the work for today, go home and drink margaritas :) Thumbs up!

    • pinto2011 profile image


      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      i am really going to celebrate a day in this manner. Great hub.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      You go Jools, there's quite a selection to choose from that's for sure.

      Ah, Laurinzo, we learn something new every day ;) Thanks.

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      LJ Scott 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      I am sure this reaction must be typical... I absolutely never , ever

      Sans the booze for me too... but ooohhh pretty colors

      Well done!

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Mary, tried my first ever Margarita this last Summer - and I loved 'it. It became my regular beverage when I wasn't supping on Pina Coladas. I like the look of these other flavours - I think I may have to give these a try! Voted up and shared.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Pure and simple is often the best way to go Katherine!

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      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 

      6 years ago from New Hampshire

      I love this! I think every day should be National Margarita Day! My fave is the simple, basic one with lime and tequila.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Any day can be Margarita Day TheKatsMeow!

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      Katee Shew 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Great recipes and lots of great info! I can't wait to celebrate the next margarita day! LOL

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      It would seem anyplace is a good place to celebrate the one and only Margarita! You're right about any day being a holiday of some sort...there are calendars full of them.

      Thanks Web....I don't drink either but like I said there is the 'virgin version'...glad I could make this hub appealing.

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      Bill Blackburn 

      6 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      I'm actually craving one and I don't even drink. Go figure! Extremely well done!

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      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I love this hub. It was so much fun fun to read! Who knew, National Margarita day, Tortilla Day, etc. I bet we can find something to celebrate on any given day!Thank you so much for sharing. Up across the board. and sharing. Here in Arizona, those are bound to be pretty popular holidays!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Hope you have a great celebration Michelle ;) Thanks for always sharing, it is really appreciated.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Now this is one cocktail I will not miss out on! Thanks for sharing, Mary!!Passing this on!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I tried a margarita once, I was on my arse after a few sips. I'm such a lightweight, even after a few sips of wine...I'm gone! I'm good with the virgins though! :)

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      My best to you dear friend. Thank you Eddy for stopping by.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful hub.

      I loved it and share all around.

      Have a great weekend.


    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I have no doubt you can come up with a way to celebrate the Margarita, Vinaya! Go for it.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      I love tequila, and I'm crazy about anything that blends with tequila. However, I did not know such kind of day existed. Perhaps, I could celebrate Margarita Day in Kathmandu, my own way.


    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Well Glimmer, I guess you just proved there's a Margarita out there for everyone ;)

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      I don't mind a cocktail, but have never been a huge margarita fan until I had a peach one once. Yowsa was that good! Fun hub.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Glad I could remind you of "hitting the spot" Gypsy! Thanks for stopping by, you are always appreciated.

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      6 years ago

      Love this hub! Everyday is Margarita Day when it gets unbearably hot here in Texas. A refreshing Margarita sure hits the spot. (More than one of course!) Voted up.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks HawaiiO, and it would be you that leaves such an amusing and enjoyable comment!

      P.S. LOVE the new 'avatar'!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      (Virginal) Cheers! Salud! Okole Maluna! Feliz Margarita!

      Help! I've fallen, and I can't get up! Quick, somebody, give me another margarita!

      Ha ha! I enjoyed your hub, and I must say I experienced a lot of temptations reading it.

      It would be you, wouldn't it, Mary, to discover yet another unique and festive holiday! A fun read! Thanks for sharing!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Heat and Margaritas are a must! What better way to cool down. Thanks so much for stopping by Carter, I always appreciate hearing from you and of course, your votes too.

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      6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      I love this hub but dam!!I don't think we celebrate the day in that's an idea- I'll write to our PM and suggest we make it a national day of celebration!!thanks for the idea Till :) It's so hot here in Feb I'm sure she will agree don't you think?

      Great info & pics & video & well written and laid out hub...fantastic!

      Oh and don't worry @ Billybuc I can take care of that request for problem:) Lot's of votes, Cheers

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I've tried all kinds of booze Paula and still can't find ONE I like, so, no booze for me. We are truly "sister of the skillet" as my Mom used to say.

      That's what I thought GoodLady.

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      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Wonderful looking Hub. Lovely idea for an evening out in February!!

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OH!...I just saw your response to Bill......Look at that, Til....yet ANOTHER thing we have in common. We're both VIRGINS.

    • fpherj48 profile image


      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Til....when you can make a Margarita sound so interesting to are one heck of a convincing writer, dear. The very smell of tequila instantly makes me gag....seriously.....goosebumps up my spine. They certainly are a "pretty-looking," cocktail, I must say. The Perfect drink for a true "Lady."......until, of course, she's had one too many and transforms into a shrew! LOL

      Wonderfully written, gf.....I'll take mine sans the booze!....UP+++

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I would Bill but I don't drink alcohol...just a personal choice. There are "virgin" margaritas!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      God I used to love margaritas. Thanks for the reminder! LOL

      Celebrate for me, will you Mary? I'd appreciate it!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Well dghbrh, you were certainly right on this one! Glad you enjoyed and truly appreciate your votes and share.

      Stephanie, maybe that's why they chose February, a good way to brighten up a dull month. Now you have time to prepare ;) Thanks for the vote and share.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      I'm SOOOO happy that there's a national holiday to celebrate Margarita's! I love frozen Margaritas, especially those that are fruit flavored. February sounds like a great time to have some Mexican food and try one of your Margarita recipes! Voted up and shared!

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      6 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Happy National Margarita Day to you too. Really enjoyed your hub. Thanks for sharing this one. Very informative and detailed also it is ! The cool pics with recipes made it really an enjoyable read so far. Votes up and sharing too.


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