National Margarita Day is February 22nd. Coincidentally, it’s the birthday of George Washington, who never had a tequila drink since Colonials didn’t know about tequila. (He drank beer and porter, which he brewed on his estate. He also liked Madeira, a fortified wine produced on the Portuguese island of Madeira. He also planted American grapes for wine. He had tried planting Madeira, but the grapes were not successful in the Virginia soil.)
The Margarita has become America’s favorite cocktail. Here’s the history of the Margarita.
According to The Nielsen CGA On-Premise Consumer Survey, a snapshot of America’s eating and drinking habits in restaurants and bars.
That makes the Margarita the preference of 60% of Americans: the most popular cocktail in the U.S.
Runners up are the Daiquiri, Piña Colada, Long Island Iced Tea and Mojito.
MARGARITA VS. NOT A MARGARITA
Is everything with tequila a Margarita? Of course not—although it might seem so, given the number of recipes sent to us called Margarita, but are other tequila cocktails.
It’s a [bad] marketing play: Mixologists know that something called Margarita will sell better. Here’s how to identify a Margarita vs. another tequila drink.
But there are acceptable variations on the Margarita. With only three ingredients (tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice) plus a salt rim, bartenders around the world have the creative license to add fruit purées, chiles, and herbs to make Margarita variations.
Here are some of them:
Chanukah Margarita (it’s blue)
Cranberry, Grapefruit & Pomegranate Margaritas
Deconstructed Margarita: 3 Cocktail Shots
Deconstructed Margarita 2
Different Margarita Rimmers
4 Margarita Recipes: Original, Classic, Frozen & Non-Alcoholic Margarita Recipes
Frozen Grape Margarita
Frozen Kiwi Cilantro Margarita
Frozen Cherry Margarita
Frozen Cranberry Margarita
Frozen Grape Margarita
Frozen Margarita Mocktail
Green Margarita With Spring Peas & Tarragon
Guavarita With Jalapeño
Mama Rita Margarita With Cabernet Sauvignon
Margarita Glass Rimmers
Misteltoe Margarita For Christmas & New Year’s Eve
Original, Frozen, & Non-Alcoholic Margaritas
Peach Margarita (Peacharita)
Pineapple Lime Cilantro Margarita
Pink Cranberry Margarita
Pomegranate “Ruby” Margarita
Spicy Watermelon Margarita
Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shots
33+ MARGARITA RECIPES
MARGARITA COCKTAIL PARTY
 A classic Margarita with a twist: a smoked salt rim (photo © Casa Noble Tequila).
 Add some heat; here, a Thai Margarita with hibiscus, a Thai chile, and black lava salt rim (photo © Miro Kitchen).
 A black grape frozen Margarita. Here’s the recipe from the California Table Grape Commission.
 A Cherry Margarita. Here’s the recipe (photo © Created By Diane).
We’ve just given you a treasure trove of Margarita recipes. So how about planning a Margarita Party?
Any day is good for the party, although February 22nd (National Margarita Day), May 5th (Cinco de Mayo), and July 24th (National Tequila Day) are good candidates.
Here’s how to throw a Margarita party the easy way:
Invite your Margarita-loving friends to a “co-op” party: Everyone brings a different recipe, mixed in their home.
You provide the munchies and one of the Margarita recipes.
Provide plastic shot glasses instead of rocks glasses, so guests can try the different recipes without getting snockered.
Have a selection of non-alcoholic soft drinks, mineral water, iced tea, lemonade, or other juice drinks so guests can switch off between Margaritas.
Keep the party to two hours (because, how much should anyone drink?); and arrange for designated drivers or ride-share service.
Here are ideas for a Tex-Mex Margarita brunch.
Don’t forget dessert: Margarita cupcakes!
What more can we say than: Enjoy yourself but drink responsibly!
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