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4 Recipes to Celebrate National Margarita Day

Posted: 3:43 PM, Feb 21, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-21 15:43:52-05
Margarita Fest happening Friday night in Lansing

LANSING, Mich. — Saturday, February 22 is National Margarita Day! We are sharing four recipes that you might like to try to celebrate this day.

The Smithsonian Magazine claims that this popular drink has a history that is not completely known:

As with so many popular things, more than one person has claimed to have invented the margarita. One of the most prevalent stories is that Carlos "Danny" Herrera developed the drink at his Tijuana-area restaurant, Rancho La Gloria, around 1938. As the legend goes, Herrera dreamed up the cocktail for one of his customers, an aspiring actress named Marjorie King who was allergic to all hard alcohol other than tequila. To make the liquor more palatable to his fussy client, he combined the elements of a traditional tequila shot—a lick of salt and a wedge of lime—and turned them into a refreshing drink.

Another top contender for the inventor title is Margarita Sames, a wealthy Dallas socialite who claimed she whipped up the drink for friends at her Acapulco vacation home in 1948. Among her well-connected guests was Tommy Hilton, who eventually added the drink to the bar menu at his hotel chain.

Some possible Margaritas You Can Make Include:

Blue Moon Margarita
You will need: tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice, lemon-lime soda

This margarita is one of the easiest margaritas you can make. The simple fruit flavors of orange and pineapple are a delightful combination and the soda adds a little sparkle to lighten it up. It's fantastic and impressive, everything you need to change up a routine.

Chocolate Margarita
You will need: tequila, chocolate liqueur, cream, orange and lime juices, chocolate bitters

You add a splash of two citrus juices as an accent. This brings in just a hint of a new flavor dimension and transforms the drink from indulgent to impressive.

Classic Margarita
To make this classic margarita you’ll need tequila, lime juice and orange liqueur (also known as triple sec).

  • 2 oz of tequila
  • 1 oz of lime juice
  • 1 oz of orange liqueur

Shake or stir these ingredients together and then add ice (on the rocks) or blend it to make it frozen.
Virgin Margarita Recipe

  • 1/2 cup limeaide
  • 1/4 cup lemon flavored Dasani Sparking Water
  • 1/4 cup lime flavored Dasani Sparkling Water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • ice
  • Optional: salt & lime to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pour limeaide, lemon Dasani sparkling water, lime Dasani Sparkling water and orange juice into a pitcher and mix.
  2. Rim glass with salt if desired by turning glass upside down and dipping it into water then salt.
  3. Fill glass 2/3 full with ice, then pour the margarita over the top.
  4. Garnish with lime.
  5. Note: This makes 1 10 oz drink, scale the recipe up (1:1) to make your desired amount of drinks.

If you'd like to find out about other awesome February Holidays, click here

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