Cheers to National Margarita Day!
It's is time to Celebrate National Margarita Day!
I am not sure who thinks up such wacky holidays like National Margarita day.
However, I am thankful for this one since I am a huge Margarita fan. And quite honesty, I feel it is my duty and yours to celebrate this fine holiday on
It's like wasting away in Margaritaville for a whole day! I don't know about you, but that sounds freaking fantastic to me.
I know you must be thinking that this is not a REAL holiday. Well, let me tell you, it most definitely is.
Margarita's have quite a long history and have been a favorite cocktail for many decades. Many individuals have claimed to be the originator of this delightful limey libation.
There are actually three reports or claims to the invention of the original margarita. The earliest is in the 1930s by Agua Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana. The second is "Willie" a bartender at Las Dos Republicas in Matamoros, Mexico.
The most popular and winner in my book is Margarita Sames, a wealthy Dallas socialite in 1948. She prepared this cocktail for some friends in her Acapulco vacation home. One of Mrs Sames well connected guests that day was Tommy Hilton, who later introduced the Margarita by adding it to his bar menu at his chain of hotels. Who knows who invented this tasty cocktail, however, it's hard to argue with the woman who gave the drink its name.
The original margarita was served on the rocks with salt. The frozen version did not come around until 1970, from a bartender who converted a soft serve ice cream machine into a margarita mixer. Today the Margarita ranks as one of the top selling drinks in the U.S.
Whatever, frozen or on the rocks there is no denying the fact, it is one of Americas favorite cocktails.
Happy National Margarita Day to you. Don't forget! Get out there and enjoy a tasty margarita today.
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The Perfect Margarita
Jimmy Buffetts favorite Margarita recipe
1 oz Margaritaville Gold Tequila
.5 oz Margaritaville Silver Tequila
.5 oz Triple Sec
.5 oz Orange Curacao
.5 oz Lime juice
2 Lime Wedges
Rim margarita glass with salt. Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Squeeze limes and add to tin. Shake vigorously, strain and pour into a margarita glass and enjoy.
Prickly Pear Margarita
Here is a variation of the classic margarita. This is one of my all time favorites.
3 ounces tequila blanco
1 1/2 ounces lime juice
2 ounces prickly pear syrup
Kosher salt and turbinado sugar, for garnishing the glass
Kumquats and lime peels, for garnish
Combine the tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and pear syrup in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously to incorporate. Wet the rim of a margarita glass and dip into salt and sugar mixture. Pour margarita into glass over ice. Garnish with a kumquat and a curled piece of lime peel
It's Margarita Time
Serve it in the right glass!
The key to making a great drink is shaking it vigorously. The ice slowly melts and mixes in with the drink, chilling and blending the liquids to complete perfection. So, remember to Shake! Shake! Shake!
Shake it up, baby!
You will need a shaker to make this drink. Here are a few to chose from. Stainless steel is the best choice. Remember to shake vigorously.
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Margaritaville Frozen Drink Machines
Nothing really compares to these Frozen Drink machines. So if you want a wonderful frozen Margarita to make at home, then look no farther the Margaritaville Drink Concoction is your answer.
Margarita's on the GO
Margaritaville DM900 Battery-Powered Frozen-Concoction Maker
With no need for a cord, this portable powerhouse can lead your party into uncharted territories. Take it tailgating. Throw a bash at the beach. Whip up frozen drinks right on your boat. Yes, this is paradise unplugged. The powerful 18-volt cordless frozen concoction maker is packed with enough juice to crank out round after round, as many as 80 drinks on a single charge. The rugged style and durable materials shout ultimate power tool for frozen drinks!
The battery powered frozen concoction maker couldn't be easier to use. Charge up the included 18-volt battery, load the reservoir with ice, pour your favorite ingredients into the blending jar, and hit the control button. the frozen concoction maker takes it from there, automatically shaving the ice and whipping up as much as 36 ounces of perfectly blended frozen drinks. the battery powered frozen concoction maker was designed with powerful DC motors (think cordless power tools) and matches the great drink making performance of all corded Margaritaville frozen concoction makers, so each drink you make will be every bit as good as anything you can get at a restaurant bar. The battery powered frozen concoction maker will guide your party into a brave new world of possibilities. See for yourself, read some customer reviews.
5.0 out of 5 stars (20 customer reviews)
Remember, Margaritaville isn't a place. It's a state of mind.
The Salt rim and Margarita's go together like Lucy and Ethel, or Cheech and Chong, or Ying and Yang. Okay I think you get the point.
Because you see, without the salt you just have a kamikaze with tequila.
The salt rim is a key element of the Margarita.
You will want a large granular style salt, so the crystals dissolve on your tongue and do not overpower the flavor of the margarita.
Kosher salt is the most common choice and easily found. However, if you are feeling more creative there are several others you may want to consider. Some gourmet salt choices you can use and create a very unique margarita are Himalayan Pink, Gray Sea Salt, Fleur de Sell or Bolivian Rose Salt.
How to Salt the Margarita Glass
To begin you will want to moisten the rim of the glass. This can be done through a rimmer/salter or if you do not own one of these. Just take a lime and run the inner part onto the rim of the glass.
Next, you carefully dip the very edge of the rim into the salt. Be careful, the rim should be a fine line and not encrusted thick mess. Please note that using a table salt will not be a wise idea. Table salt will overpower the taste of the margarita. Course salts are the perfect type of salt to use and can be found at grocery stores, specialty stores and of course, right here online.
The salt is an integral part of the margarita since it is a flavor enhancer; it actually cuts the bitterness of the lime making the margarita very smooth and delicious.
It's the balance of "sweet and sour" which make the margarita a true taste sensation.
The problem with the salt is the bartenders who have gone overboard by encrusting it onto the rim of our margarita glasses causing us to retain an unnecessary amount of water in our bodies causing us to almost feel shriveled and prune like after consuming one of these limey cocktails.
So next you order, tell your server light on the salt. This will serve as a reminder to the overzealous bartender to tone it down on the salt, and you can enjoy the margarita the way it was originally created.
Salt Rimmers for the Perfect Margarita
One Tequila, two Tequila, three Tequila, FLOOR!
Himalayan pink sea salt fine crystals are mined in the foothills of the himalayas. this raw salt is custom ground to our specifications and contains a balance of minierals and trace elements in unprocessed, natural form.
Are you Concerned about those nasty Calories ..... then try a
Margarita's on the Skinny
Cutting Calories NOT taste
The calories in the sour mix can really add up.
To cut calories in this delicious cocktail without comprising flavor, then you will want to read this recipe.
2 oz of White Premium Tequila (count 1,2 while you pour, no need for measuring)
a splash of Orange Liquor, Cointreau is the best choice. Trust me not all orange liqueurs are created equal.
Juice of 4 Fresh Lime Wedges
Shake with ice and pour over a glass of ice and garnish with a lime wedge.
Salt is optional on the skinny version.
So what are the calories in this skinny margarita version. Well lets break it down, right here.
2 oz Tequila approx. 128 calories)
Cointreau approx. 40 calories)
Fresh Lime Juice approx 8 calories)
Your total is 176 calories.
Another option is to use Chrystal light in your skinny margarita. You can create your own sour mix using the lemonade crystal light and substituting in into your recipe. Remember to add some fresh squeezed lime and orange to your low calorie margarita mix. It is a nice alternative for cutting some calories and tastes pretty darn good. Try it today!
Final option is to use the skinny girl cocktail mixes to create your margarita. Easy and fast it is another great way to reduce those unwanted calories from your favorite cocktail.
These low calorie and sugar mixers make a great margarita. So don't miss out from enjoying a margarita because of calories or health conditions.
Indulge, with one of these sugar free margarita mixers. Cheers!
You say "Margarita" and I say "Marguerita"
Anyway you spell it they are quite delicious. However, some like it on the rock and other prefer it frozen. And it seems that most are one or the other and never both. What do you think?
Do you prefer your "Rita" on the Rocks or Frozen?
Margarita inspired Gift Baskets - Makes a Perfect Gift
Why not send them a gift basket they can celebrate about. These basket include a festive margarita in each one. Great for any holiday or celebration. From Birthday Presents, Valentine's Day Gifts, Housewarming Gifts, Secretary Day Gifts, Christmas Gifts, Shower gifts, 50th birthday gifts, Anniversary Gifts or maybe a Cinco De Mayo Gift. You can't go wrong with one of these delicious gift baskets.
More Lovely Margarita Recipes
Red Bull Margarita
3 oz Jose CuervoÂ® Especial gold tequila
3 oz Red BullÂ® energy drink
1 oz triple sec
4 oz Sweet and Sour
Prechill a margarita glass. Shake all ingredients in a shaker full of ice and pour into the glass. Raise glass and toast!
2 ounces Reposado Tequila
2 ounces chilled pineapple juice
1 ounce Domaine de Canton
Pineapple foam, optional
Pinch of Maldon salt
Pinch of Aleppo pepper
Prechill a martini glass. Shake tequila, pineapple juice, and Canton in a shaker full of ice; pour into the martini glass. Gently top off the drink with a single layer of foam until it almost overflows. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Using a grater such as a Microplane, grate lime zest over the top. Serve immediately. Raise glass and toast!
The Grumpy Garcia Margarita
2 ounces infused tequila (flavored with pineapple and chili pepper)
1 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce fresh lime
1/2 ounce pomegranate juice
Prechill a margarita glass. Shake all ingredients in a shaker full of ice and pour into the glass. Raise glass and toast!
The Best Tex-Mex this side of East Texas
It's always National Margarita Day at the Sunset Grille! So, If you're in the area then you will need to stop on in and have a Margarita. The Sunset Grille whips up some of the finest Margarita's in Eastern, Pennsylvania. Whether you prefer it frozen or on the rocks we have you covered. You could always try my favorite, the "Perfect Margarita", with Patron Silver, Cointreau, on the rocks with some salt. Yum!
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