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Cheers to National Margarita Day!

Updated on November 21, 2014

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

February 22nd.

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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Margaritaville

Parrothead Style

The Perfect Margarita

Jimmy Buffetts favorite Margarita recipe

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

Ingredients:

3 ounces tequila blanco

1/2-ounce Cointreau

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

Directions:

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.

Keep the party flowing by serving up restaurant-quality frozen concoctions with this unique, easy-to-use appliance. Far more than just an ordinary blender, the unit automatically shaves ice and blends up to 32 ounces of a favorite frosty drink, all at the touch of a button. Simply pour the ingredients into the glass jar and add ice in the top reservoir. Select how many drinks to make, and the machine automatically mixes the right proportion of ice with the ingredients. And the appliance actually shaves the ice, which is the key to delivering better drink consistency--no more chunks or watery drinks. Other highlights include simple front-access controls, a stable footprint, an easy-to-clean design, and a generous handle and drip-free spout on the glass jar for graceful serving. The frozen concoction maker measures 15-2/3 by 11 by 21 inches and carries a one-year warranty.

This product has a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 on amazon.com. Don't take my word for it, read the reviews.

Click here to read Customer Reviews of the Margaritaville DM1000 Frozen Concoction Maker

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.

Salted Rim Margarita
Salted Rim Margarita

Why Salt?

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.

Photo: http://rock-ur-party.tablespoon.com

Salt Rimmers for the Perfect Margarita

One Tequila, two Tequila, three Tequila, FLOOR!

Gourmet Salts

Funfresh Foods Real Food Trading Company Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, 2-Pound
Funfresh Foods Real Food Trading Company Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, 2-Pound

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

"Skinny Margarita".

Skinny Margarita's
Skinny Margarita's

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.

Skinny Margarita

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.

Skinny Mixers

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?

In its classic form ... on the rocks rimmed with salt.

In its classic form ... on the rocks rimmed with salt.

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    • stevehaugse 4 years ago

      celebrated a day late but had a delicious margarita with a coronaita in it :)

    • ChefWilliam 4 years ago

      Frozen usually has so little tequila in it that it tastes like fruit punch,

    • Leigh Stratton 4 years ago

      I will drink a frozen margarita if that's what is being served, but I will ask for one on the rocks every single time if given a choice.

    • CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      Rocks of course. The way the drink was created to be enjoyed

    Frozen is definitely the way to go when it come to Margarita's.

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      • chi kung 4 years ago

        neither way :) but I enjoyed your lense!

      • djroll 5 years ago

        Frozen for sure.

      • GeekGirl1 5 years ago

        I like frozen Margarita.

      • ramonabeckbritman 5 years ago

        Either way, they are both good.

      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.

      Margarita Heaven Gift Set
      Margarita Heaven Gift Set

      Margarita Heaven Gift Set is an ultimate array of goodies to make your own perfect Margarita. Two blue rimmed glasses to be lined with delicious sea salt, a bottle of the natural citrus flavored E.L. Jardine's Texarita Margarita Mix, Corona Beer Bottle Platter on which to cut your your limes with the fruit knife, and all of this will come in an ice bucket which can be used to keep the mix cold. A perfect gift to have a great party, great Father's Day gift as well!

       

      More Lovely Margarita Recipes

      Red Bull Margarita

      3 oz Jose Cuervo® Especial gold tequila

      3 oz Red Bull® 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!

      Bangkok Margarita

      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

      Lime

      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!

      Sunset Grille
      Sunset Grille

      Sunset Grille

      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!

      Photos: Frank Mittman Photography

      Please sign my guestbook and leave me a thumbs up. Thanks so much!

      Enjoy National Margarita Day, and I will be thinking of you when I take my first sip.

      Cheers to you! Thanks for visiting my lens!

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          ChefWilliam 4 years ago

          Great Lens, Love my Tequila

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          Leigh Stratton 4 years ago

          This lens is awesome! I never knew Margarita Day existed and now, thanks to you, I have some new recipes to try to celebrate properly!!

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          Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

          @SusanDeppner: Thanks for visiting and including me in the lensmaster spotlight - Happy Margarita Day.

          And most of all I hope you had the opportunity to enjoy a fabulous Margarita on this fine day or any. Thanks again! Have a great day.

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          Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

          @chi kung: Thanks so much for visiting. Cheers!

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          Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

          @CatCave: Thanks so much! Have a great day.

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          CatCave 4 years ago

          WOW this is a brilliant lens. Cheers! :) xx

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          chi kung 4 years ago

          great lense - you deserve the purple star! I enjoyed reading it :)

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          Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

          What a great lens! Happy Margarita day!!

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          RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

          Wow! Great margarita recipes!

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          karen-stephens 4 years ago

          Angel Blessings.. xxo

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          djroll 5 years ago

          Great recipes. I enjoyed what you wrote in the green too.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Cheers! I didn't know about National Margarita Day before.

          Congratulations on the deserved Purple Star on this article.

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          pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

          I wasn't aware of National Margarita day. I'll have to wait for next year to celebrate it. Thanks for sharing.

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          avigarret 5 years ago

          I feel like I have to catch up to the many years I've missed national Margarita day, will make some immediately, thanks for another great lens!

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          GeekGirl1 5 years ago

          Thanks for this lens for educating me on National Margarita day. I am so excited for next year, this is something that I will celebrate.

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          Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

          margaritas are delish when made with fresh lime as G*d intended ;) -- nice lens!

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          Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

          Very fun lens! I wish I hadn't missed National Margarita Day! :)

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          Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

          Well I missed national margarita day, will have to wait until next year. Thanks for sharing, you sure seem to know what you are talking about. I would not have a clue on Margarita's

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          Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

          One of these days I am definitely going to have to try a margarita. You hear so much about this very popular drink. It's on my to do list.

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          Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

          It's great to know that on this day, you need not wait until 5:00. Thanks for sharing a fun lens in the February Silly Celebrations.

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          julieannbrady 5 years ago

          Well, the Margarita is surely one of the drinks that I will crave ... I generally get mine without salt and over the rocks. Nothing else quite compares to the taste of a Margarita ... I am thrilled it is recognized with its own day! Ole.

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          julieannbrady 5 years ago

          Well, the Margarita is surely one of the drinks that I will crave ... I generally get mine without salt and over the rocks. Nothing else quite compares to the taste of a Margarita ... I am thrilled it is recognized with its own day! Ole.

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          dessertlover 5 years ago

          Very nice! I'm all for celebrating margarita day :)

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          Petstrel LM 5 years ago

          Cheers ;)