February is flying by. We recognized President's Day and celebrated Valentine's Day, but before the month is over, we need to lift a glass and celebrate National Margarita Day.
February 22nd is the annual day to recognize the Margarita: one of the most popular drinks in North America.
The standard Margarita is a delicious combo of tequila, triple sec, (orange flavored liqueur) and fresh lime juice -- all poured into a salt-rimmed glass.
How to make the perfect Margarita:
- Grab a Margarita glass and rub the rim with a lime slice.
- Distribute some kosher salt onto the wet rim. (The salt plays an important role. It intensifies the flavors and brings out the sweet and sour tastes in the drink.)
- Shake the following ingredients with ice:
- 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce Triple Sec
- 1 1/2 ounce Blanco Tequila
- Pour mixture into the glass.
- Garnish with a lime wheel and serve over ice.
The Margarita is here to stay, but where did it come from? A widespread rumor is that an American socialite named Margarita Sames created the drink for some friends in 1948.
Another story is that in the 1930's, Danny Herrera created the drink in his restaurant in Tijuana. He named it after one of the club's showgirls.
It's also possible that the Margarita is a spin on an old drink served secretly during prohibition called "The Daisy." This drink had a base alcohol content, combined with a sweet and sour elements. Since Margarita is the Spanish word for "daisy," some think that the modern Margarita is just a creative spin on the original "Daisy" drink.
The Margarita evolved when the frozen Margarita machine was invented in the 1970's by a Texas Restaurant owner named Mariano Martinez.
Causing more Margarita fans, Jimmy Buffett recorded his hit song in 1977 called "Margaritaville."
Whatever the origin, whatever the myths, we are glad the Margarita is here now, aren't we?
By the way...as you sip your Margarita while enjoying rays on the beach, be careful not to spill! If lime juice hits your skin, it can make your skin hypersensitive to the sun's UV rays. Even a little exposure in the sunshine could give you a nasty burn -- (technically, it's called phytophotodermatitis.)
That said, go ahead and celebrate National Margarita Day--don't worry if the date has passed.
Check with your local watering hole...many bars have specials on National Margarita Day.
Grab a Margarita, dig your toes into some sand (or curl up on the couch) and enjoy!
Here are some creative and fun Margarita versions to try!
1. Ginger peach margarita: https://www.bhg.com/recipe/ginger-peach-margaritas/
2. Blueberry Basil Margarita: https://domesticsuperhero.com/blueberry-basil- margaritas/
3. Spicy Margarita: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/347199452509169247/
Grapefruit Margarita: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/217011/laurens-grapefruit-margaritas/?internalSource=staff%20pick&referringId=14933&referringContentType=recipe%20hub
4. Chocolate Margarita: https://mixthatdrink.com/chocolate-margarita/
5. Margarita mocktail: https://www.thepinningmama.com/virgin-margarita-recipe/
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