Celebrate National Margarita Day With These Delicious Cocktails

National Margarita Day takes place on February 22 and it gives us every good reason to indulge in this highly quaffable alcoholic beverage. When life hands you limes, make 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!

Margarita Cocktails To Enjoy All Day Long

BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITA

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Casamigos Blanco Tequila OR Casamigos Reposado Tequila

.75 oz. Fresh Blood Orange Juice

.75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.5 oz. Simple Syrup

½ Rim Equal Parts Sugar/Salt/Tajín Mixture

Garnish: Garnish with Blood Orange Wheel

Method

Wet ½ rim of glass with lime wheel or wedge and dip into salt mixture. Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker and muddle serrano. Add ice, shake vigorously and fine strain into a rimmed Rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish.

To make spicy add 2 Serrano Slices OR 2 dashes Firewater Bitters

SPICY CUCUMBER JALAPEÑO MARGARITA

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Casamigos Blanco Tequila

.75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.25 oz. Simple Syrup

2 Cucumber Slices

1 Jalapeno Slice

Garnish: Cucumber Wheel and Jalapeño Slice

Method

Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker. Muddle cucumber/jalapeño. Add ice, shake vigorously and fine strain into a small rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish.

NOTE — For a Smoky variation, swap out Casamigos Blanco Tequila for Casamigos Mezcal Joven.

Tamarind Chipotle Margarita

Ingredients

1 ½ oz Tequila CAZADORES Blanco (Made with 100% Blue Weber Agave)

1 oz. Lime Juice

¾ oz. Agave Nectar

1 oz. Tamarind Puree

Chipotle Salt Rim

Method

In a mixing glass, add all the ingredients with ice, shake and serve on the rocks (salt rim optional). Garnish with a lime wedge.

Spicy Margarita

Ingredients

1.5 oz Patrón Silver infused with jalapeño*

.5 oz Flavor puree (blood orange, mango or fresh beet)

3 oz Lime juice

Salt rim

Lime wedge and sliced jalapeño for garnish

Method

Combine all ingredients over ice in a shaker. Shake and strain into a salt rimmed double old fashioned glass.

*Patrón Silver infused with jalapeño: Add 2 whole jalapeños cut down the middle and deseeded into 1 bottle of Patrón Silver. Let rest for 12 hours.

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.

Mayenda Elevated Margarita

Ingredients

1.5 oz Mayenda Blanco Tequila

0.75 oz Agave Syrup

0.75 oz Lime Juice

Hibiscus Powder Dusted Glass

Method

Fill a shaker with ice, add all ingredients together and shake.

Strain into a shallow coupe glass.

1800® Spicy Margarita

Ingredients

2 oz 1800® Cucumber & Jalapeño Tequila

1 oz Lime Juice

.75 oz Agave Syrup

2 Thin Jalapeño Slices

Garnish with a lime wheel

Method

In a mixing tin, add jalapeños and then lightly muddle. Add remaining ingredients along with ice, then shake and strain into iced, rocks glass rimmed with spicy chili and lime seasoning. Garnish with a lime wheel.

The Noble-Rita

Ingredients

2oz Casa Noble Blanco Tequila

1oz agave nectar

1oz Lime Juice

Ice

Lime wedges for garnishing

Salt (optional)

Method

Place ingredients except the lime wedge into a shaker with ice

Shake until chilled

Strain into a glass (salt rim optional)

Garnish with a lime wedge

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.

La Margarita

Ingredients

1 2/3 Oz Volcan Tequila Blanco

1 Oz Fresh Lime Juice

2/3 Oz Agace Syrup

Salt for rim

Method

Pour ingredients into a glass with ice and stir gently. Strain chilled drink into a new glass with large ice cube and garnish with an orange twist.

Fiero Margarita

Ingredients

1.5 oz Patron Silver

.75 oz Martini & Rossi Fiero

.75 oz fresh lime juice

.5 oz simple syrup (1:1)

Method

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel, and salt rim optional

Mezcal Unión Margarita

Ingredients

1.5 oz Mezcal UNIÓN Uno

0.75 oz lime juice

0.5 oz orange liqueur

0.25 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. Enjoy!

Tommy’s Margarita

This go-to cult classic is known as a “Tommy’s Margarita” and is a bartender favorite.

Ingredients

2oz Cantera Negra Silver Tequila

1oz fresh lime juice

.5oz agave nectar

Blood orange slice for garnish

Method

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain over ice in a half salt-rimmed rocks glass and garnish with blood orange slice.

Black Diamond Margarita

Ingredients

2.0 oz Maestro Dobel Diamante

0.5 oz Agave Syrup

0.5 oz Lime Juice

Black Lava Salt

Lime Wedge

Method

Place ingredients in a shaker

Add ice, shake, and strain into rocks glasses, rimmed with black lava salt and filled with ice.

Garnish with lime wedge.

Flecha Spicy Margarita

Ingredients

2 oz Flecha Azul Blanco Tequila

¾ oz fresh lime juice

¾ oz triple sec

3 jalapeno slices

Tajin rim

Method

Muddle jalapeno slices in a cocktail shaker, add ice and all remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass with ice. Enjoy!

The Prime Margarita Recipe

Ingredients

1 ½ oz. Don Julio Blanco Tequila

½ oz. St. Germain Elderflower

¾ oz. Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

¼ oz. Lime Juice

¼ oz. Agave Nectar

¼ oz. House Grenadine

Method

Add ingredients to a mixing tin with ice. Shake vigorously for five seconds. Strain and serve over ice with a lime wheel.

The Jalapeno Avocado Margarita

Ingredients

4 oz. Tequila Bribón Blanco

2 oz. Agave nectar (cut 50/50 with water)

2 oz. Fresh squeezed lime juice

1/2 avocado, peeled and mashed

2 slices jalapeño

Lime wheels, for garnish

Method

Fill two rocks glasses with ice. Place ripe avocado, and jalapeno slices in a cocktail shaker. Muddle ingredients until they’re thoroughly mashed. Add the remaining ingredients to the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into the two rocks glasses. Garnish with the remaining lime wheels.

SKYY Agave Lime Margarita

Ingredients

2 oz. SKYY Infusions Agave lime

.25 lime

.25 agave syrup

Garnish: Lime Wheel

Glass: Coupe

Method

Build in a shaking tin. Shake with plenty of ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Salted rim optional.

Astral Margarita

A proprietary combination of Astral Blanco Tequila, zesty lime juice, and triple sec. To enjoy, chill, shake open and pour over ice into a margarita or rocks glass. The Astral Margarita is available nationwide starting today in a large, premium format 750ml (SRP: $25.99) with eight servings and a 350ml (SRP: $13.99) with four servings.

Mingle Mocktails Key Lime Margarita

A sparkling combination of crisp lime and a touch of natural orange for a citrusy sweet experience that begs for another sip.

Sparkling Tropical Vibe CELSI-Rita Mocktails

This delicious non-alcoholic spin on a traditional margarita provides the perfect balance of fun without the buzz or the unwelcoming aftermath of a hangover. You’ll transport to a refreshing, tropical paradise with this CELSIUS Tropical Vibe CELSI-Rita mocktail made with CELSIUS Sparkling Tropical Vibe.

Ingredients

1 cup Sparkling CELSIUS® Tropical Vibe

2 tsp pineapple Juice

2 tsp Vita Coco Coconut Water

Fresh lime for garnish

Method

Fill one glass with ice, about halfway

Add CELSIUS® Tropical vibe

Add pineapple juice

Add Vita Coco Coconut Water

Stir until well combine and flavors are balanced throughout

Cut a lime into quarters and add a slice to the top

Take a sip and experience the flavors of a tropical paradise!

Italicus Margarita

Ingredients

1 part Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto

1 part Tequila Blanco

½ part lime juice

1 bar spoon agave nectar

Method

Shake and serve straight up in a coupette. Garnish with lime zest or green olives.

Tequilas To Use To Make Your Own Creations

Cierto Tequila Private Collection Blanco

While all Cierto expressions are best enjoyed neat or on-the-rocks, we understand there are some folks who prefer their spirits mixed in a cocktail. If you’re going to mix any Cierto expression, you can’t go wrong with Cierto Tequila Private Collection Blanco (SRP $89 / 750ml), which is excellent in an organic Margarita or Aire Libre. Rested before bottling, this liquid is smooth and fresh with an herbaceous aroma that imparts sweet floral and agave notes.

Cierto Tequila Private Collection Añejo

Do you know someone who has an affinity for a nightcap served straight up? Then look no further than the Cierto Tequila Private Collection Añejo (SRP $169 / 750ml). This exquisite tequila is patiently aged in French Limousin oak. The liquid is made from a unique blend of rare Añejo tequilas that open with notes of orange and oak, and finish with a complex array of coffee, chocolate and caramel.

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.

PATRÓN Silver

The perfect white spirit made from the finest Weber Blue Agave.

Cincoro Añejo

Cincoro Añejo is aged for over 20 months, further enhancing the interaction between the barrel and tequila. With an unforgettable mouth feel and smooth luxurious finish it is delicious, neat, over ice or in a cocktail.

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.

Tequila CAZADORES Extra Añejo

The most aged of Tequila Cazadores, Extra Añejo is aged in virgin American oak barrels for at least three years, for deep flavors of vanilla, cinnamon, roasted apple and dried fruits. The warmth of Mexico is achieved with the spirit of time. It is demonstrated with a touch of cinnamon and vanilla that stands out between nutty notes.

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.

1800 TEQUILA

An ultra-premium crystal clear añejo finished in port wine casks 1800® Cristalino is a crystal clear añejo tequila with deceptive depth, presented in a stunning crystalline bottle. 100% Weber blue agave is handpicked at its peak of maturity, aged in French and American oak barrels, married together, then finished in port wine casks. The result is an ultra-premium tequila that offers the complexity of an Añejo with the smoothness of a Blanco. Enjoy neat, on the rocks, or elevate any cocktail to celebrate life’s special moments with taste.

1800 Milenio

An ultimate luxury expression, extra-aged and matured in French Oak Cognac barrels of the finest craftsmanship. After a long and delicate aging process, the tequila is matured for a short period in French oak barrels creating a balanced, soft, and unique flavor with notes of vanilla, red fruit, and cinnamon. A perfect expression of the land that nurtures the fine Weber blue agave and the hands that craft its final liquid, Milenio is considered the best representation of 1800® Tequila’s roots and worthy of only those who appreciate the finest tequila.

Reserva de la Familia by Jose Cuervo

Reserva de la Familia Añejo Cristalino Organico, the first Cristalino released from one of Mexico’s most iconic tequila brands. A Cristalino tequila is an aged tequila that goes through a special filtration process that removes the color to produce an ultra-smooth tequila with a complex flavor. Cristalino tequilas are a fast-growing subcategory of the tequila industry, outpacing total tequila category growth and gaining share.

This new innovation is handcrafted from start to finish following the Cuervo family process that dates back to 1795. The tequila is then aged in new American oak barrels for over a year before finishing in Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks, resulting in a unique flavor profile that imparts an extra Sherry softness to the spirit. The tequila is certified organic, joining Reserva de la Familia Platino and Reposado variants as the brand’s latest organic offering.

DeLeón Reposado Tequila

Ultra-Premium DeLeón Reposado Tequila blends the craft of the French winemakers with the art of fine tequila to create a Reposado with the incredible richness and complexity imparted by aging in both American (2/3 of the time) and French Oak barrels used to age wine (1/3 of the time). Made from selected 100% Blue Weber agave tequila sourced from the rich earth of the Los Altos region of Jalisco, the agave is hand-selected for ripeness before harvesting and yields sweet piñas to achieve the smoothness of DeLeón Tequila.

Cuervo Tradicional Cristalino

Tradicional Cristalino is a Reposado matured in American White Oak and blended with a delicate amount of Tradicional Añejo and Reserva De La Familia®️ Extra Añejo for added complexity. The blend of these three award-winning, aged tequilas is then filtered for crystal clarity and ultimate smoothness, while delivering the perfect tequila edge to kick off your most electric nights.

Tequila Bribón

Tequila Bribón, produced by one of the top tequila families in Mexico, is the proud result of a mission to bring a high-quality tequila that everyone can embrace from newbies to aficionados. This outstanding 100% blue agave tequila is made using only fully matured 8- to 10-year-old agaves, all harvested by hand. The end result is a complex and sophisticated ultra-premium tequila available at a great value price-point, that is also extremely approachable and easy to drink. In addition, just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the brand has just released new label designs featuring a sleek and elegant aesthetic that matches the quality of the ultra-premium spirit.

Gracias a Dios

Directly translating to Thank God, Gracias a Dios is a handmade, ultra-premium quality mezcal from Oaxaca with a deep commitment to family values and Mexican culture. Gracias a Dios values its people and the environment, employing eco-friendly practices that include water conservation, solar energy, and recyclable materials.

While we all adore the traditional margarita for Cinco de Mayo celebrations, this year, we’ve rounded up four cocktails perfect for a fiesta using Tequila Bribón and Gracias a Dios Mezcal.

Mayenda Tequila

Mayenda’s pioneering process adds two extra steps of craft and care — maceration and the blending of agave miel into the base distillate — to capture the deep flavors and aromas of cooked agave, which are often lost in tequila-making. The result is a richer, more complex Blanco tequila ideal for sipping.

Served neat and at room temperature; to experience the full range of Mayenda’s flavors, sip and pair alongside a roasted and raw pineapple slice both dipped in pink Himalayan salt.

Tres Agaves

The classic Tres Agaves Organic Margarita Mix, voted the #1 Best Margarita Mix by Mashed.com, is a quick, easy, and ready-to-use blend, allowing imbibers of all skill levels to take on the role of master mixologist. For those looking for something with a little kick, the Organic Mango Chili Margarita Mix is the perfect blend of tropical sweet heat with flavors reminiscent of a beachside oasis.

Beyond just mixers and tequila, Tres Agaves also offers their own Organic Cocktail Ready Agave Nectar. Add this to any of their signature tequilas, and you’re on your way to one incredible marg. For inspiration, here are a few Tres Agaves cocktail recipes online to try at home — a popular fan favorite is the Ginger Margarita, and one that we highly recommend!

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