Nothing is more refreshing than an ice-cold margarita on a warm, sunny day. It’s a drink for a girl’s night out or celebrating with friends. Bars are now getting creative introducing different flavors to spice it up. But even drinking the traditional margarita or a more flavorful one, this famous cocktail will continue to be a favorite. That is why this tequila cocktail with wedge of lime and salt has its own national day on February 22.
Even if you missed National Margarita Day here are some recipes to make your own, Cheers!
Blood Orange Margarita
1.5 oz.Don Julio Blanco Tequila
1 oz. blood orange puree
Splash of agave syrup
Splash of fresh lime juice2 slices of jalapeño
Start by muddling the jalapeno in a cocktail shaker. Then add the other ingredients. Remove the seeds and pith to lower heat.
(courtesy of Men’s Health Magazine)
Lemon Basil Margarita
1 oz. Cointreau
1.5 oz. Fresh lime juice
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
3 basil leaves
The Don Julio Signature Margarita
2 oz. Tequila Don Julio Blanco
.5 oz. Orange liqueur
.75 oz. Fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. Honey
“This is the famed tequila brand’s namesake margarita, and it doesn’t disappoint. Adding the honey plumps up the citrus flavors and helps bring out the tequila’s more complex notes.” -Markham Heid, Men’s Health Magazine
2 oz. Liquore Strega
3 lime wedges
½ oz. Lemon simple syrup
Add ingredients plus ice to cocktail shaker and strain into glass with ice. This was created by bartender Galen Johnson from the 404 Kitchen, in Nashville.
The Celery Daisy
1 ½ ounce Sotol por Siempre
½ ounce Giffard Fleur de Sureau Sauvage, wild elderflower liqueur
¼ ounce Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
¼ ounce fresh celery juice
¼ ounce fresh lemon juice
¼ ounce agave nectar
¼ ounce fino sherry
Celery and orange bitters
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake for 10 seconds. Fine-strain into a chilled glass, and garnish with orange twist and celery leaf.
This creative cocktail was made by San Francisco-based bartender Matt Grippo. Sotol is made from the desert spoon plant, its flavor is compared to nuances of wet stone and damp earth.