Cheers to National Margarita Day

It’s that time of year again to raise a glass to a favorite tequila-based drink—the Margarita. National Margarita Day is celebrated every February 22, so it’s the perfect time to try a little twist on the classic or mix up something new. 

There is some debate about the origins of the classic Margarita, but it seems to have appeared on the scene by the late 1930s or 1940s. Frozen Margaritas were created later in the 1970s when an inventive bartender converted a soft serve ice cream unit into a frozen Margarita machine, according to the folks behind National Margarita Day. While it’s not clear how this holiday came to be, its motto seems sufficient enough cause itself: “Friendship, good times, and memories of somewhere warmer are all great reasons to enjoy a Margarita.” Indeed.

Here I highlight a few recipes that offer twists on the classic. Two include Twang-A-Rita cocktail rimming blends, which are salts and seasonings designed to add flavor to drinks made at home to lend a little cocktail bar status. (Although the family-owned company is based in San Antonio, Twang‘s products are available throughout the country in 46 states, in grocery stores, convenience stores, and online and through Amazon.)

The other recipe is a twist on the classic from 1800 Tequila. A fun fact to sip on: The tequila brand is named after the year the world’s first premium tequila was born.

While this “holiday” is always good reason to mix up a Margarita, any variation you enjoy would also be delicious while toasting your favorite stars during the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24. Cheers!


Orange Pomegranate Margarita

Makes 1

Twang-A-Rita Golden Roar Salt
1/2 ounce light agave syrup
1 ounce pomegranate juice
1 ounce orange juice
½ ounce fresh lime juice
2 ounces Dulce Vida Tequila Blanco
1/2 ounce Cointreau

Place the Twang-A-Rita Gold salt on a plate. Drag a cut lime around the rim of a chilled glass or mason jar to moisten and dip the rim of the glass in the salt to coat.

For the drink, combine agave syrup, pomegranate, orange, and lime juices with the tequila and Cointreau in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and then pour into chilled, ice-filled glass.


Margarita Con Twang

Makes 1

1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons Twang-A-Rita Unwind Lime Salt

3 ounces Dulce Vida Lime Tequila
2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
1/2 to 1 teaspoon orange liqueur

Moisten the rim of a chilled rocks mason jar or wine glass with lime juice. Place the Twang-A-Rita Unwind Lime Salt on a plate. Press the rim of the moistened glass into the mixture to rim the edge and set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and orange liqueur. Cover and shake until mixed and chilled, about 30 seconds. (In general, the drink is ready by the time the shaker mists up.) Strain margarita into the glass.


1800 Margarita

Makes 1 • Recipe and photo courtesy of 1800 Tequila

This twist on a classic Margarita mixes it up with a splash of orange juice.

2 ounces 1800 Silver Tequila
1 ounce lime juice
½ ounce agave syrup
½ ounce fresh squeezed orange juice
lime wedge, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake, and strain into salted rocks glass.  Garnish with lime wedge.


Thirsty for More?
• Try Jimmy Buffett’s Perfect Margarita and variations plus a recipe for guacamole

Hungry for More?
• Pair your Margaritas with some Beef with Tequila, Tomato and Orange tacos
• Looking for a vegetarian option? Try Fried Avocado Tacos with Shredded Vegetables and Crema

Mary Subialka is the editor of Real Food and Drinks magazines, covering the flavorful world of food, wine, and spirits. She rarely meets a chicken she doesn’t like, and hopes that her son, who used to eat beets and Indian food as a preschooler, will one day again think of real food as more than something you need to eat before dessert and be inspired by his younger brother, who is now into trying new foods.