Happy National Margarita Day: 5 Margarita cocktail recipes to help you celebrate

Aaaany excuse for a Margarita... time to grab the salt and lime

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The Margarita cocktail has been a staple on drinks menus around the world for years. It’s traditionally made with tequila, triple sec and lime juice, but there are 101 variations out there.

When it comes to this delicious drink’s history, things get a bit fuzzy.

There are many stories, from the recipe being gifted as a wedding present; to a Mexican bartender naming the drink after 'Margarita', the daughter of a German ambassador; to a tale of hotel barons and American socialites.

But the most likely story is that the drink evolved over time, as people and alcohol moved around the world.

However it came about, it is known that by the early 1900s, the cocktail as we know it today, was firmly in existence.

As today is National Margarita Day (in the US, but I am all up for making National Margarita Day international...), I hope many of you will be celebrating with a tasty tipple or two this evening.

Ok so it is a Monday, which might mean you don't want to go all out on the boozing... I've recently tried Miami Cocktail Company’s Organic Margarita Spritz. They're a craft cocktail company based in Wynwood, Miami (so for once lovely American Tribers, you should be able to get hold of this one!), and they've just launched in the UK. It's not your traditional Margarita, as it's made with agave wine, organic lime, orange, elderflower and ginger juice, but it is delicious. I am pretty sceptical of canned cocktails (probably still a hangover from the dodgy alcopops I had as a teenager, to be honest), but these are so yummy: 4.0% ABV, 110 calories, no added sugar, additives or preservatives.

I can't tell you HOW much I want to be in this picture right now...

I can't tell you HOW much I want to be in this picture right now...

And if you're ready to get busy with the cocktail shaker...

5 Margarita recipes to help celebrate National Margarita Day

If you want to get in on the Margarita-making action, here are five perfect recipes to get your day/evening off to a great start.

Classic Margarita (blanco tequila)

1.5 oz Patrón Silver

1 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange (or Triple Sec/Cointreau)

0.75 oz Fresh lime juice

0.25 oz Simple syrup

+ Lime wedge for garnish/Kosher salt (optional)

Method: Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a lime wedge, or strain into a cocktail glass. Salt half the rim of the glass with kosher salt if desired.

The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences' head bartender, Fabio Lupica's Margarita

40ml Tequila Jose Cuervo

20ml lime juice

20ml kumquat liquor

20ml lychee juice

3 red chilli slices

Method: Add 3 chilli slices to a shaker and muddle it, add the in the rest of the ingredients and shake, double strain into a coupe glass, garnish with chilli powder or flakes and enjoy!

Perfect Patrón Margarita (reposado tequila)

1.5 oz Patrón Reposado

1 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange (or Triple Sec/Cointreau)

0.75 oz Fresh lime juice

0.25 oz Simple syrup, to taste

+ Lime wheel for garnish/Kosher salt (optional)

Method: Combine ingredients in the cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a salt-rimmed martini or rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Cucumber-Coconut Margarita

1.5 oz Patrón Silver

2 oz Coconut water

0.5 oz Fresh lime juice

0.5 oz Simple syrup

7 Thin slices of cucumber, 3 for garnish

Method: Combine all ingredients (including 4 of the cucumber slices) in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice in a highball glass. Garnish with remaining 3 cucumbers.

Fabio Lupica's take on a Tommy's Margarita

50ml Tequila Jose Cuervo

25ml lime juice

10ml agave syrup

10ml Creme de Mure

Method: Pour the tequila, lime juice and agave syrup into a shaker, shake hard, strain over a glass with ice, pour over the Creme de Mure and enjoy!

Which Margarita recipe takes your fancy?!

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Comments (21)

  • Cucumber-coconut margarita? Go on then 👀

      9 months ago
  • Margaritas are the most delicious drink in the world. My local Mexican restaurant makes them with different flavours but my favourite is passion fruit 🥰🥰🥰🥰😋😋😋😋

      9 months ago
  • I'm still a bit scarred from my first margarita. I expected sweetness, not salt on the glass.

      9 months ago
    • Ah yes... there are plenty of really, really bad Margarita mixes out there, and quite a few bars I've been to have put sugar on the rim instead of salt. The salt takes a bit of getting used to, and is definitely an optional extra, but once you get...

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        9 months ago
    • Maybe. I'm ready to give G&T another chance soon.

        9 months ago
  • Oh yes, they open my favourite Mexican restaurant/bar on Monday. It´s ceviche and margarita tamarindo with chilli for me, please!

      9 months ago
  • Im keeping it easy...sangria...

      9 months ago
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