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On February 22nd – National Margarita Day – we’re celebrating you as the life of the fiesta!  Since your inception roughly 77 years ago, you’ve been the bearer of nights to remember and the nights we regret but can’t remember why.  This can also be attributed to the fact that the Margarita’s origins and inventor are a bit hazy.  What we do know is that a handful of stories point to its beginnings near Ensenada, Rosarito, and Tijuana, Mexico, and finally stumbling across the border into La Jolla, CA.  Regardless of who truly lays claim to our lady Margarita (she doesn’t kiss and tell), here are some Margarita recipes that will keep you in her good graces.

Let’s get started by ditching the pre-made Margarita mix for fresh ingredients. Here are a few Margarita recipes that are sure to please (even the day after…with a little self-control of course).

Simple Margarita

  • 2.5 oz Herradura Silver Tequila
  • 1.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz of Agave Nectar
  • 1 oz of water

Shake well (in a shaker with ice) and pour over ice.

Pomegranate Margarita

  • 2 oz Don Julio Blanco Tequila
  • 1.5 oz organic pomegranate juice
  • 1 oz Gran Marnier
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Club soda
  • Salt

Combine the tequila, pomegranate juice, Gran Marnier, and lime juice in a shaker with ice.  Lightly rub the rim with a salted lime wedge.  Pour into glass, top off with club soda, and garnish with a thin slice of lime.

Habanero Margarita

  • 2.5 oz Herradura Silver Tequila
  • 1 fresh cut red, orange or white habanero
  • 2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • .5 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • Habanero sea salt (or other margarita salt)

Cut habanero and place in bottle of tequila for at least one day (the longer the better).  Shake vigorously in shaker, and serve over ice, with a light rim of habanero sea salt (for those of you fuego warriors out there).

Blended Strawberry Margarita

  • 4-5 fresh strawberries
  • 2.5 oz Cazadores Reposado Tequila
  • 1.5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz Triple Sec or Cointreau

Blend with a cup of ice and garnish with a fresh slice of strawberry or lime.  For some extra flare that’s sure to be a party pleaser, cut a small hole in the middle of a strawberry and fill with vodka or liquor >80 proof, preferably at room temperature.  Slit the bottom of it, place it on the glass and light with a grill lighter.  It’s best viewed under dim lights. Revel in the oohs and ahhs and enjoy!

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