Who doesn’t love a holiday where you celebrate with a cocktail?? No one!
One of the loveliest things in February is National Margarita Day. This year it falls on the 22nd--that's today. Who doesn’t love a national holiday that contains cocktails? We all do! Margaritas are made with tequila and other stuff, right? Yaass. There are other ingredients too…we’ll get to that in a moment---we do have lots of margarita cocktail recipes for you to try, but first…did you know how the Margarita came to be? David Wondrich, author and cocktail history expert explains it all.
According to Wondrich, the first time a Margarita cocktail recipe was included in an article was back in a 1953 Esquire mag. He claims that the article, “She’s from Mexico, Seňores,” included a recipe for the “Margarita Cocktail.” By the 60s Margaritas were found across the nation. Jimmy Buffet’s big hit “Margaritaville,” definitely cemented the cocktail into America’s consciousness. In my mind, today’s Margarita could be called a “Health Tonic.” After all it contains fresh lime juice (lots of Vitamin C). Tequila (comes from the Agave plant—so you have minerals, water and vitamins) and orange liqueur (more Vitamin C). See! It’s good for you.
More tequila is consumed in the United States than in Mexico. In fact, the United States is the number one market for tequila. Doesn’t all this knowledge make you thirsty? I thought so. Read on great Margarita cocktail recipes to try today or any other day of the week.
High Plains Drifter Margarita, Charred Pineapple & Sage
Created by Shaun Gordon, Truman Tavern
1.5 oz. Patrón Silver
.5 oz. Patrón Citrónge Orange
2 Slices charred pineapple
.25 oz. Yuzu juice*
.5 oz. Fresh lime juice
.25 oz. Simple syrup
+ 4 Sage leaves, 2 for garnish
+ 2 dash Lime bitters
+ Slice charred pineapple for garnish
+ Chipotle salt rim**
*If Yuzu juice is not available, substitute 2 parts lemon juice: 1 part orange juice.
**Chipotle salt rim
.5 Cup salt + .75 tsp dried chipotle powder
Char two pineapple slices and reserve one slice. Combine two pieces’ pineapple, 4 sage leaves and simple syrup in shaker and muddle. Add remaining liquid ingredients and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Double strain onto fresh ice in a chipotle-salt rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of charred pineapple and two sage leaves.
Té Verde Margarita
1.25 part Montelobos Mezcal
.75-part Ancho Reyes Verde
.75-part strong green tea syrup
1 part fresh lime juice
5 mint leaves
Shake, serve over ice in a rocks glass, garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel.
Margaritas made with beer, prickly pears, and rose wine after the jump.