Celebrate National Margarita Day 2023 With These Delicious Margaritas

Every February 22, we come together for National Margarita Day to pay homage to our favorite celebratory cocktail. The margarita — triple sec, tequila, and lime juice — was created in 1938 in Mexico and is widely considered the official drink of having fun. It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, and that’s never truer than on National Margarita Day.

So get out a shaker, pull out your frozen margarita machine, or head to your local watering hole and order a margarita. Up, on ice, or on the rocks, you can’t go wrong. Salud!

Midnight Margarita

Created by Mixologist Ben Scorah

Ingredients

1 ½ oz. Tequila Don Julio Blanco

¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

½ oz. Fresh Orange Juice

⅔ oz. Spicy Monk Fruit Simple Syrup

Method

Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice, fresh orange and Spicy monk fruit juice simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice.

Shake well.

Strain contents into a double rocks glass.

Garnish with lime wheel.

Blood Orange Margarita

Created by Mixologist Ben Scorah

Ingredients

1 ½ oz. TDJ Blanco

½ oz. Blood Orange Juice

0.15 oz. Lime Juice

½ oz. Kumquat Cordial*

*Add the 1/4 cup of sliced kumquats to 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, let sit at room temperature for 24- 36 hours. Add 1/2 cup of fresh lime juice and 1/4 cup fresh tangerine juice and a pinch of salt, mix thoroughly and discard the lime zests.

Method

Add ingredients to a shaker and strain into rocks glass with ice.

Perfect Pineapple Margarita

Ingredients

1.5 oz Patrón Silver

.5 oz Citrónge Orange Liqueur

1 oz Pineapple juice

.5 oz Lime juice

Tajín rim

Lime wedge for garnish

Method

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake until combined and chilled. Strain into a Tajín-rimmed rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Watermelon Basil Margarita

Ingredients

1.5 oz Patrón Reposado

1 oz Fresh watermelon juice or puree

1 oz Fresh lime juice

1 oz Agave nectar

3 Basil leaves or basil simple syrup

Watermelon wedge or dehydrated lime wheel for garnish

Method

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice in a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with a basil leaf and wedge of watermelon or dehydrated lime wheel.

Patrón Classic Margarita

Ingredients

1.5 oz Patrón Silver

1 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange

.75 oz Fresh lime juice

.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. Optionally, salt half the rim of the glass with kosher salt.

Cazadores Margarita

Crafted by Manny Hinojosa, Global Brand Ambassador

Ingredients

1 ½ oz. Tequila Cazadores Blanco

½ oz. Premium Triple Sec

½ Agave Nectar

1 oz. Lime

Method

In a cocktail shaker with ice combine all the ingredients, shake and serve over the rocks in glass.

Highland Margarita

Crafted by Manny Hinojosa, Global Brand Ambassador

Ingredients

2 oz. Tequila Cazadores Reposado

1 oz. Agave Nectar

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

4 oz. Grapefruit Juice

1 Lime Wheel

Method

In a cocktail shaker with ice combine all the ingredients, shake and serve over the rocks in a bucket glass.

Jalapeño Margarita

Crafted by Manny Hinojosa, Global Brand Ambassador

Ingredients

1 ½ part Tequila Cazadores Blanco

½ part Premium Triple Sec

½ part Agave Nectar

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1 Slice of Jalapeño

Method

In a cocktail shaker with ice combine all the ingredients, shake and serve over the rocks in glass.

Spicy Pineapple Cilantro Margarita

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila

.75 oz. Pineapple Juice

.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.25 oz. Simple Syrup

8–10 Cilantro Leaves

2 Serrano Slices or 2 Dashes Firewater Bitters

1⁄2 Thick Rim Equal Parts Salt/Sugar/Dried Cilantro

2 Pineapple Leaves and Serrano Slice

Method

Wet 1/2 rim of glass with lime wheel or wedge, then dip into salt mixture. Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker, then muddle serrano/cilantro. Add ice, shake vigorously and fine strain into a rimmed rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish.

SMOKY CASA MARGARITA

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Casamigos Mezcal Joven

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.75 oz. Agave Nectar

2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Charred Orange Peel

Method

Combine all ingredients into tin shaker. Add ice, shake well, and strain into rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish with a charred orange peel.

POMEGRANATE MARGARITA MULE

Created by Mixologist Jessie Svec

Ingredients

1½ oz Astral Tequila Blanco

1 oz Pomegranate Juice

¾ oz Fresh Lime Juice

½ oz Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

Ginger Beer

Method

Combine the first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake well. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, a lime wheel and a rosemary sprig.

Grand Margarita

Ingredients

1 part Grand Marnier® Cordon Rouge

1 part Tequila

.5 part Fresh Lime Juice

Ice cubes

Lime Garnish

Method

Fill a wide, shallow dish with 2–3 mm of fine salt. Cut a lime in half at the width and rub around half of the rim of a margarita glass. Cut a thin, crosswise slice from one of the lime halves for garnish. Holding glass upside down, dip wet half delicately into the salt. Shake Grand Marnier, tequila and lime juice with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into glass and apply lime garnish to the rim.

DELEÓN “LOVE” MARGARITA

Ingredients

1 ½ oz. DeLeón Tequila Blanco

½ oz. Orange Liqueur

½ oz. Fresh Lime

½ oz. Fresh Lemon

1 Orange Slice

¾ oz. Agave Nectar Syrup

Method

Rim rocks glass, muddle orange in shaker. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an ice filled rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime wheel

Espolòn Blanco Spicy Margarita

Ingredients

45 ml Espolòn Blanco

15 ml of Ancho Reyes Verde

30 ml Fresh Lime Juice

10 ml agave syrup (depending on sweetness)

Method

Shake ingredients with plenty of ice, double strain in a in a coupette. Garnish with lime peel/wedge.

Premium coupette (or rock as an alternative “on the rocks”)

Mezcal UNIÓN Margarita

Ingredients

1 oz Mezcal UNIÓN Uno

0.25 oz Lime Juice

0.5 oz Orange Liqueur

0.5 oz Agave Syrup

Method

In an old-fashioned glass filled with ice, add Mezcal UNIÓN Uno, lime juice, orange liqueur and agave syrup. Garnish with an orange, lime slice, or worm salt on the rim.

Hornitos Shot Taker Margarita

Ingredients

1 Part Hornitos Plata Tequila

2 Parts Fresh Lime Juice

1 Part Agave Syrup

Lime Wheel Garnish

Ice

Method

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker and shake until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with half a rim of salt and fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve with a shot on the side.

The Original Margarita

Ingredients

1 oz. Cointreau

2 oz. blanco tequila

1 oz. fresh lime juice

Method

Wet rim of a rocks glass with lime and dip in salt. Set aside.

Combine the Cointreau, blanco tequila, and fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker

Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds

Fill the prepared salt-rimmed rocks glass with ice and strain cocktail into the glass. Garnish with a lime wheel

DEVIL’S MARGARITA

Ingredients

1½ ounces Volcán Tequila Blanco

1 ounce fresh lime juice

⅔ ounce simple syrup

⅔ ounce fruity red wine

Method

Pour tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass and slowly pour the red wine into the drink using a bar spoon.

Hornitos Spicy Cucumber Margarita

Ingredients

3 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila

½ part DeKuyper Triple Sec Liqueur

1 part Lemon juice

1 part Lime juice

1 part Agave Nectar (Optional)

1 Mini Cucumber

1 Jalapeno

Method

Muddle 1–2 thin slices of jalapeño pepper in the bottom of a cocktail shaker with the lime, lemon and optional agave nectar juices. Add the Tequila, Triple Sec and a handful of ice. Shake and strain into a margarita glass over ice. Garnish with thinly sliced cucumbers, and Jalapeño slices (optional for spice).

Cointreau Matcha Margarita

Ingredients

1oz Cointreau

2oz Blanco Tequila

.75oz Fresh Lime Juice

0.5 bar spoon Matcha Green Tea Powder

Method

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker

Add ice and shake until well-chilled

Strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass

Garnish with a lime slice

Cuervo Grapefruit & Jalapeno Margarita

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz. Jose Cuervo® Tradicional® Reposado

1 oz. of freshly squeezed red grapefruit juice

1/2 oz. agave nectar

1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

1 oz. orange liqueur

3 fresh jalapeño slices

Method

Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Salt your rim if desired, shake, and pour over ice. You can add the jalapeño into the mixer and mix for a stronger kick, or add to the drink after and let sit for a minute before drinking. Enjoy!

The Classic Cuervo Margarita

Ingredients

2 oz. Jose Cuervo® Tradicional® Plata

1 oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. orange liqueur

Agave syrup to taste

Lime for garnish

Salt for rim

Ice

Method

In a cocktail shaker, add ice, Jose Cuervo® Tradicional® Plata, fresh lime juice, orange liqueur, and agave syrup to taste. Shake well! Run lime wedge around the rim of glass then dip the glass into salt. Add ice to the glass and strain in contents of the shaker. Garnish the glass with a lime wedge and enjoy!

Jose Cuervo Marg Shake-Up

In celebration of National Margarita Day (2/22), Jose Cuervo is launching Marg Shake-Up: a contest where margarita lovers can put their cocktail skills to the test and design Cuervo’s next ready-to-drink margarita flavor.

One lucky winner will have their margarita creation produced and sold in stores nationwide next year and net a cool $50K cash prize, while two runners up will receive $25K each.

Margarita enthusiasts can enter starting on National Margarita Day (2/22) by visiting www.CuervoMargShakeUp.com. Here’s how it works:

Step #1 — Choose a base: From classic lime to peach lemonade and mango, every great margarita starts with a delicious base.

Step #2 — Select your ingredients: Cuervo researched the hottest flavor trends for you to add to your custom creation. Select up to four delectable ingredients from tried-and-true classics like grapefruit and strawberry, to more exotic picks like dragon fruit and lavender.

Step #3 — Add a personal twist: Now’s your chance to show your creativity by filling in the blank with any wildcard ingredient that will take your margarita to the next level. Toasted marshmallow? Steamy! Pickle juice? We’re here for it! This is your time to really shine.

Step #4 Name your signature marg: Breakout the thesaurus and craft a buzzy name for your new creation. Pick wisely as the name of your new margarita will be ready for the whole nation to see if you’re selected as the winner!

The Extra Elevated Margarita

Ingredients

2 parts Avion Reserva 44

1 parts Lime Juice

½ part solerno/cointreau

½ part noir or orange cognac liqeur

5 parts Agave

Gold salt garnish

Method

Build in tin, add ice, and shake. Strain into rocks glass over cubed ice. Garnish with gold salt half rim.

Tommy’s 89 Margarita

Ingredients

2oz Tequila Enemigo 89 Añejo Cristalino

1.5oz Lime juice

1/2oz Honey / Agave Syrup

Method

Shake all ingredients over ice and serve.

Cantera Margarita

Ingredients

2oz Cantera Negra Silver

1oz lime

.5oz agave syrup

Orange bitters

Method

Shake and strain over ice in double rocks glass

Add 2 dashes of orange bitters giving a nice orange essence without any added sugar

BETTY BUZZ SPARKLING MARGARITA

Ingredients

1.5 oz Tequila

1/2 Bottle Betty Buzz Sparkling Lemon Lime

1 oz agave or simple syrup

Method

Start with a lowball glass and add ice, tequila, agave, Betty Buzz Sparkling Lemon Lime, and stir together. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Kenny’s Favorite Marg

The name says it all! A classic margarita with an 818 Tequila Reposado and tajin kick

Ingredients

2 oz 818 Tequila Reposado

2 oz orange liqueur (Cointreau preferred)

0.75 oz fresh lime juice

0.5 oz agave

Half Tajin (preferred) or salt rim

Method

Shake

Serve over ice

Garnish with orange slice

Tequilas To Use To Make Your Own Creations

Tequila Don Julio 1942

Made from 100% weber agave, Tequila Don Julio 1942 is aged for at least two and a half years in American white oak barrels, creating a one-of-a-kind silky-smooth taste with notes of rich vanilla, spice, and tropical fruits best enjoyed neat or on the rocks.

PATRÓN EL ALTO

PATRÓN EL ALTO marks the brand’s first step into the prestige category and demonstrates over four years of craftsmanship, ingenuity and artistry. Additional highlights about the premium expression include:

As a result of over 300 tastings, legendary Master Distiller David Rodriguez and his talented team of distilling artisans combined an exceptional selection of the best Reposado, Añejo, and Extra Añejo tequilas to create PATRÓN EL ALTO — resulting in a naturally smooth and sweet taste with subtle notes of figs, honey, caramel, dried fruit and vanilla.

PATRÓN EL ALTO is perfect for momentous occasions big and small, packaged in an elegant and distinctive bottle, matching the azure hues of the agave fields in the Jalisco Highlands.

The exceptional tequila is available in select U.S. markets including New York, Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles at an SRP of $179.

Lobos 1707 Tequila, Joven

Young in spirit, old in soul, Joven is elevated by being mixed with a measure of Lobos 1707 Tequila, Reposado. The liquid is carbon-filtered, then finished in the brand’s historic Pedro Ximénez (PX) wine barrels using the solera system method, resulting in a more mature flavor profile.

818 Tequila

Founded by Kendall Jenner, 818 Tequila is an award-winning, hand-crafted tequila brand committed to uplifting the women and men who make it. Produced using traditional methods in Jalisco, Mexico at a family-owned-and-operated distillery, the brand has won 32 blind tasting awards across eleven major industry competitions. Sustainably produced from one hundred percent Weber Blue agaves, 818 Tequila features four variations: Blanco, Reposado, Añejo and Eight Reserve by 818 — an ultra premium Añejo Reserve.

Volcán Cristalino Tequila

Volcán’s premium, aged Tequila Cristalino blends robust notes such as vanilla, caramel, and chocolate, all blended in casks from the old world to create a unique, but deep flavor. This Anejo Cristalino is filtered in order to remove it’s color and accentuate it’s rich flavors.

Volcán Blanco Tequila

Volcán’s Tequila Blanco blends herbal, citrus, and spice notes indicative of the lowlands with fruit notes of cherry, pear, and peach from the highlands. Made with 100% heart, this Blanco is crafted with only the very best agave sourced from each of these distinct regions.

Partida Roble Fino Reposado Cristalino

This stunning bottle sports tequila clear as a diamond with the full flavor of Partida’s Roble Fino Reposado. Aged for 6 months in ex-bourbon barrels followed by 2 months in ex-single malt, sherry-seasoned casks, this first-of-its-kind Cristalino boasts flavors and aromas of dried fruit, cooked agave, toasted oak, vanilla, and nuts that make for an interesting and satisfying sip.

Espolòn Tequila

Espolón Tequila, one of the fastest growing tequilas on the market, is an award-winning collection of super-premium tequilas that celebrates real Mexico and highlights its storied culture through classic 19th century artistry and the iconic roster, a symbol of national pride. Crafted with 100% Weber Blue Agave, these heralded premium tequilas are distilled in the Los Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico, and include Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo.

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