There is a drink that is the very spirit of joy, the patron angel of fun, the joyous expression of life at its complete best. That drink is called the Margarita, and when it’s a hot day and you are reuniting with friends, there’s nothing more satisfying to drink and bring everyone together.
National Margarita Day celebrates this fantastic drink, and the wide variety of tastes and colors it comes in. You must experience what some ice-cold tequila, a little salt, and a wedge of lime can do!
History of National Margarita Day
Margarita Day was created by a national margarita website to help celebrate this fantastic drink. This year this holiday is celebrated on Saturday, February 22nd. Among the greatest qualities about the Margarita is the number of flavors, from Blueberry Basil Margaritas to the greatly more punchy Strawberry Sriracha Margarita.
There’s a Margarita for every occasion, and National Margarita Day is your excuse to try them all. However, do be careful, Tequila has been proven to T’kill’ya if you drink too much, or at least it may make you wish you were dead.
The history of the Margarita is diverse and somewhat mysterious, and there are numerous stories. One of them says it was discovered at Rancho La Gloriadown by Tijuana, Carlos “Danny” Herrera made the recipe for Marjorie King.
Another claim states it was formed by Santos Cruz in Galveston, Texas, for a beloved friend of his, singer Patty Lee. No one knows which is accurate, and obviously, these are simply a few of the tales of its creation; they all maybe!
How To Celebrate Margarita Day
Oh, National Margarita Day how to best celebrate your honored day? With a Margarita in your hand that is how! And if you cannot book a room at one of Jimmy’s hotels, then try to pretend to be in Margaritaville with his music playing in the background. (You knew that was coming, we could not possibly write an article and fail to mention his famous song)
Add some more fun to your day by listening to a Jimmy Buffet’s music while sipping your margarita: http://www.margaritaville.com/radio-player
Of course, some of you may only drink a classic margarita with fresh lime juice, silver agave tequila, a splash of Cointreau or Grand Marnier. You can debate all night which one of the orange liquors is best, its personal taste.
When we researched this article for you, we came across several great recipes so keep reading as we share the recipes. Check out the different ingredients and mix the one that speaks the most to you. We mixed up one, and it was heaven in a glass.
1. Island Sunrise
- 1 ounce. Orange juice
- 1 ounce. Pineapple juice
- 3/4 ounce. Margaritaville Last Mango™ Tequila
- 3/4 oz. Margaritaville Calypso Coconut™ Tequila
Mix all ingredients in a shaker. Shake and strain into a glass. Add ice cubes.
2. Roasted Blueberry Basil Margarita
- 2 1/2 oz Blueberry Basil Simple Syrup
- 1 1/2 ounce Tequila
- 2 Oz Grand Marnier
- 2 oz Lime Juice
Fresh Blueberries, Slice Lime, Basil Leaves, with Sugar and Salt on the Rim
So, those are the ingredients, now here is how to make the simple syrup! Put a cup of blueberries on your oven sprinkled with a little salt on a baking sheet at 400 F. Keep watching them until the berries have begun to split open in the oven, or 15- until 20 minutes have passed, then pull them out.
Stir together 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar, in a little pan, with 6-8 basil leaves and boil it till the sugar melts, and then combine it with the roasted blueberries until it’s completely mixed. You can leave the blueberry chunks in or run it through a strainer, your call.
Then just mix as above! Margaritas are amazing!
3. Pineapple Upside Down Cake
- 1 ounce Margaritaville® Silver Rum
- 1/2 ounce Peach Schnapps
- 1/2 ounce Pineapple Juice
- Splash of Cherry Juice
Shake over ice, strain it into a shot glass, and add a dab juice.
4. Planters Punch
- 1 1/4 ounce Margaritaville® Silver Rum
- 3/4 ounce Margaritaville® Dark Rum
- 1 1/4 oz Sour Mix
- Pineapple Juice 1 1/4 ounce
- 1 1/4 ounce Orange Juice
Mix ingredients for the dark rum in a shaker. Shake and drain into a glass. Float dark rum. Deck with an orange slice and a cherry.
- 2 oz. Margaritaville® Silver Rum
- 1 ounce. Mango juice
- 1 ounce. Pineapple juice
- 1 ounce. Cranberry juice
Shake ingredients over ice and strain it into a martini glass. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a cherry.
6. Last Mango Fizz
- 1 1/2 ounce. Margaritaville® Last Mango
- 3 1/2 ounce. Lemon/Lime Soda
Mix ingredients over ice in a cocktail glass. Add lime wedge garnish.
6. Tropical Tangerine Ritatini
- 1 1/2 ounce. Margaritaville® Tropical Tangerine
- 2 oz. Margaritaville® Margarita Mix
- 1/2 ounce. Gran Gala Triple Orange Liqueur
Rim martini glass with sugar. Mix all the ingredients in a blender and add a few cubes of ice. Blend and pour into a chilled martini glass. Add 1/2 orange wheel garnish.
7. Strawberry Banana Daiquiri
- 4 1/2 ounce. Of Margaritaville® Dark Rum
- 1 spoonful of Fresh or Frozen Strawberries
- 1 little Ripe, Fresh or Frozen Banana, peeled and sliced
- 4 ounces. Of Fresh Lime Juice
- 4 ounces. of Simple Syrup
Fill the ice pool with ice. Put ingredients in a glass jar. Blend until smooth. Garnish with a cherry and slice of banana. Makes 2-3 drinks.
8. Key West Margarita
- 2 oz. Melon Liqueur
- 3 Dashes of Grenadine
- 3 ounces. Piña Colada Mix
- 1 1/2 ounce. Lime Juice
- 1 1/2 ounce. Orange Juice
- 1 1/2 cups Ice
- 2 1/2 ounce. Margaritaville® Gold Tequila
Fill the ice pool with ice. Pour all ingredients in a glass jar. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass. Makes 2-3 drinks.
9. Blue Moon Margaritaville
- 7 ounces. Margaritaville® Margarita Mix
- 1 1/2 ounce. Blue Curacao
- 3 ounces. Margaritaville® Silver Tequila
- 1 1/2 ounce. Pineapple Juice
Rim Margarita glass with sugar. Fill the ice tank with ice. Pour ingredients in a glass jar. Blend until smooth. Drain into a Margarita glass. Deck with a pineapple wedge and have fun. Makes 2-3 drinks.
10. Stranded On A Sandbar
- 1.5 ounce Margaritaville Paradise Passion Fruit™ Tequila
- 2 oz Orange juice
- 2 oz Cranberry juice
- .5 oz Peach Schnapps
Mix ingredients in a shaker. Blend and pour into a glass.
Don’t Want To Be A Party Dud?
Here are some non-tequila drink options, so you can still join the party.
1. Chocolate Mint Slide
Ingredients:(for those of you that do not like Tekillya…haha)
- 3 ounces. Vodka
- 1 1/2 Creme de Menthe
- 3 oz Nonfat Milk
- 3/4 ounce. Chocolate Ice Milk
- 3 tbsp Chocolate Syrup
Fill the ice tank with ice. Pour ingredients in a glass jar. Blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass. Makes 2-3 drinks.
2. Spice Of The Season
- 3/4 cup Orange Sorbet
- 3 ounces. Cherry
- 6 ounces. Apple Juice
- A pinch of Allspice
Fill the ice tank with ice. Put all ingredients in a glass jar. Blend until smooth. Pour into your glass and enjoy. Makes 2-3 drinks.