Have a hankering for a tequila drink but don't want to wait for Cinco de Mayo? Here's your chance. Whether you like yours blended or on the rocks, salt or no salt, February 22 has been designated as the day to celebrate the margarita.
Here are a few margarita facts and a recipe. Crave more? Go to nationalmargaritaday.com to quench your thirst.
- According to Guinness World Records, the record for the largest margarita was set by Flamingo Hotel’s Margaritaville Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 14, 2001. The drink took 300 hours to create and used more than 1,770 gallons of tequila.
- The first frozen margarita machine was invented by 26-year-old Dallas restaurateur Mariano Martinez in 1971. (source: mentalfloss.com)
- Margarita means "daisy" in Spanish and the drink is thought to be a variation of the prohibition drink that has a base spirit, sugar and a sour. The cocktail later inspired the sidecar, which is basically a margarita with cognac and lemon. Some believe that the margarita is just a spin on a tequila daisy.
DIY Margarita Mix
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (8-12 limes)
For each margarita:
2 ounces homemade margarita mix
2 ounces silver tequila
1 ounce orange liqueur
1 tsp agave nectar (optional)
lime wedges/slices for garnish (optional)
To make the margarita mix; heat water and sugar in a small sauce pan until completely dissolved and the water is clear. Let cool. Pour into a pitcher with lime juice. Leftovers will keep 7-10 days in a jar in the fridge.
To make margaritas, combine 2 ounces mix, 2 ounces tequila, 1 ounce orange liqueur, and a teaspoon of agave nectar if you like. Shake well, strain into ice filled margarita glass. Garnish with lime slices.
To make frozen margaritas, freeze the lime mix into ice cubes. Blend the ice cubes with chilled tequila and orange liqueur until uniformly slushy.