Hey guys, real question: What’s better than an ice cold, limey, salty, slightly sweet sip of a freshly concocted margarita? Maybe two of them? It just seems that no matter how far our mixology-inspired imaginations wander, we always come back to the classic margarita. So today, on February 22, we celebrate National Margarita Day. Not that you need just one day to celebrate this wonderful cocktail, but you should make sure that this iconic drink gets some shine today.
But first, a few quick tidbits about the cocktail.
While the history of the margarita is muddled, it does seem to be clear that it was actually born out of a variation from another popular cocktail during the days of Prohibition. The Daisy was made with brandy instead of tequila, but it seems hard to imagine drinking lime juice, brandy and triple sec with salt. Also, margarita means "daisy" in Spanish... "margarita" just sounds better.
Another little known fact is that the drink does not have roots in Mexico. Cocktail connoisseurs and tequila enthusiasts agree it’s hard to believe that it came from Mexico since their cocktail culture was almost non-existent around the time the drink was born.
Remember when we asked what was better than a fresh marg? Well, here are four recipes. That’s better than one. These four different flavor variations are easy to whip up and taste amazing. You can choose a less expensive tequila and try a few flavor experiments, or you can check out a smokey mezcal and even grill up some pineapple and peppers to infuse and garnish. We’ve chosen a nice middle ground, El Destilador. It’s an exceptional quality, premium tequila that is triple distilled 100% blue agave with a clean aroma and pleasant flavors of cooked agave and fine wood.
For all of these, you’re going to pour Twang-a-Rita Salt in a small dish, rim your glass of choice in simple syrup, agave nectar or water and then dip into the salt. Just before pouring the margarita in, put ice in glass!
The Jalapeno Margarita
Spice it up with jalapenos!
Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well until the shaker is frosted. Strain into your glasses (directions above) and garnish with jalapeno and lime wheel.
The Fruity Margarita
Get complex with some raspberry liqueur!
Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well until the shaker is frosted. Strain into your prepared glasses (directions above) and garnish with raspberry and lime wheel.
The Classic Margarita
Get salty with Twang-a-Rita salt!
Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well until the shaker is frosted. Strain into your prepared glasses (directions above) and garnish with lime wheel.
The Sparkling Margarita
Add Prosecco for bubbles!
Pour all ingredients except for sparkling wine into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well until the shaker is frosted. Strain into your prepared glasses (directions above) and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with lime wheel.