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National Margarita Day (February 22)

When it’s time to celebrate, we drink a margarita. So why not take a moment to celebrate our favorite celebration cocktail? National Margarita Day is observed each year on February 22nd. A day dedicated to the terrific trio of tequila, triple sec, and lime juice.

Fun fact: the word ‘margarita’ translates to ‘daisy’, and many years ago, there was a family of cocktails known as daisies. Traditionally, a daisy-style cocktail was a drink made with an alcohol or spirit, citrus juice, and a syrupy sweetener, and the margarita perfectly fit as a Mexican version of these.

National Margarita Day will be observed on Thursday, February 22, 2024.

National Margarita Day

A Brief History Of The Margarita

There are a few theories about when and where the margarita was born. Let’s take a look at a few of them here:

  • 1936 – David Daniel Negrete may have created the first margarita as a gift served to his girlfriend.
  • 1936 – Tequila Daisy was supposedly a cocktail created by accident at a bar in Mexico that became known as “The Home Of The Famous Tequila Daisy”.
  • 1937 – The margarita may have been created by a Los Angeles area bartender named Johnny Durlesser upon request from a Jose Cuervo tequila distributor.
  • 1937 – A recipe for the Picador was published in the Cafe Royal Cocktail Book by William James “Billy” Tarling, made with lime or lemon juice, cointreau, and tequila.
  • 1939 – A similar recipe called a Tequila Sour is published in the 1939 Book Of Mixed Drinks by Charlie Connolly, made with tequila, cointreau, and lime.

A Few Fun Facts About Tequila:

  • According to records, tequila was originally made by Don Pedro Sanchez de Tagle, but the fermented agave juice dates back to 300 AD.
  • Jose Cuervo is the oldest commercial tequila brand at over 250 years. The company started in 1758.

What’s In A Margarita?

As mentioned above, the standard margarita is made with a mixture of tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. While these three ingredients create the base cocktail, margaritas have been modified and reimagined all over the world with a variety of ingredients. They are served shaken over ice or blended, and often with a rim of salt or sugar. Some even get a rim of Tajin.

A common margarita that is slightly different from the original is a Cadillac Margarita. A Cadillac margarita generally is a “top shelf” cocktail, meaning it is served with a premium brand of tequila and is topped with a floater of the orange-flavored liqueur, Grand Marnier.

There are many different types of margarita recipes including classic margaritas, frozen margaritas, spicy margaritas, skinny margaritas, beer margaritas, mezcal margaritas, and fruit margaritas. Here are a few of our favorite margarita recipes:

Mezcal Margarita
Mezcal Grapefruit Cocktail

Best Tequila For A Margarita

There are many different types of tequila on the market, so deciding which to buy for your margaritas can get confusing – but in the end, it really comes down to your personal flavor profile preference. You’ll often see tequila labeled as a reposado, anejo, or blanco. Generally, the blancos are the tequilas that are clear or lacking in color, as they have only been aged for a few weeks. Reposados are deeper in color and are aged for at least two months. Anejos have a rich, darker color and are aged for at least a year. Here are some of the best tequilas to use for your margaritas.

Blancos

  • El Tequileno Platinum
  • El Tesoro Blanco
  • Patron Silver
  • Casa Dragones Blanco
  • Casamigos Blanco
  • Espolón Tequila Blanco
  • Herradura Silver

Reposados

  • Gran Centenario Tequila Reposado
  • Adictivo Tequila Reposado
  • La Gritona Tequila Reposado
  • Milagro Reposado
  • Partida Reposado
  • Patron Barrel Select Reposado
  • Cazadores Reposado

Anejos

  • Don Julio Anejo
  • Patron Extra Anejo
  • Olmeca Altos Anejo
  • 1800 Anejo
  • Hornitos Anejo
  • Hervas Anejo Tequila
  • Jose Cuervo Tradicional Anejo

Margarita Recipes To Try On National Margarita Day

I love our standard margarita recipes, but it’s so fun to try some of the creative cocktail recipes out there. Here are some others that I found online that I can’t wait to try!

How To Celebrate National Margarita Day

  • Head to happy hour and order a margarita. Try one of the restaurants signature margaritas if they have one!
  • Have a Make Your Own Margarita party at home and experiment with different ingredients and tequilas.
  • Take a picture of your best margarita and share it on social media with the hashtag #NationalMargaritaDay.

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