There’s an abundance of National food holidays, but few stand out to us as important. Such as February 22nd, or National Margarita Day!
A margarita is a traditional cocktail made with tequila, triple sec and lime juice served either on the rocks, blended with ice or straight up. The earliest mention of the Margarita was in 1938 by Carlos “Danny” Herrera in Mexico, which was created for a customer who was allergic to all other spirits but tequila.
Our friends at National Today have conducted research with 1,000-plus Americans and have found that 76 percent of Americans today enjoy drinking margaritas, which is over 3/4 of the population. How do they prefer it? Sixty-seven percent of Americans like it frozen while only 33 percent prefer it served over ice.
In celebration of a holiday honoring a drink 3/4 of the American population enjoys, we present 9 of our favorite recipes to help you join in the festivities!
The margarita includes ingredients that should stimulate the four primary tastes: sweet, sour, salty and bitter – achieving a perfect balance of taste.
This Blood Orange variation of a classic margarita is refreshing and delicious with a bright red/orange color that sets the party mood instantly.
If you’ve ever wanted to practice your hand at mixology, this is the cocktail for you. Made with common ingredients in a unique way, the cucumber, lemon, and cumin make a beautiful cocktail.
An adults-only dessert with the tangy flavors of tequila and lime in a creamy mousse, for an unexpected kick.
Sweeten things up with a frozen strawberry margarita, perfect for a warm summer evening spent on the patio.
Freshly-made margaritas add a refreshing and spirited touch to any gathering—like having the gang over to celebrate!
Made with a homemade Morita Chile syrup, fresh mango, lime and blueberry, the Smokey Pablo is a dangerously tasty cocktail.
Made with better-for-you ingredients such as DRY botanical Sparkling Soda, made without artificial flavors or colors, completely sodium-free. Recipe:
4 oz. Cucumber DRY
1 1/2 oz. silver tequila
1/4 small lime, cut into slices
Dash of grapefruit or orange bitters
Directions: Muddle lime in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, tequila and orange bitters, and shake it like a polaroid picture. Lightly salt the rim of the glass. Pour mixture into glass and top with Cucumber DRY. Garnish with a cucumber slice and a drizzle of agave or our favorite, Wedderspoon Manuka Honey.
This summer cocktail combines the perfect balance of sour lime with the smooth richness of a fresh peach and kick of tequila.
Happy National Margarita Day, from The Food Channel! Please remember to enjoy responsibly!