How do you instill the warm tropics into an otherwise snowy winter?
Celebrate with a margarita!
Grab some tequila, add some salt, lime, cointreau or triple sec -- and you have all the ingredients for an early winter thaw.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 marks the day that everyone's favorite cocktail gets star billing.
All about National Margarita Day
The margarita has been around at least since the 1930s, and since then the classic margarita recipe has evolved into a cocktail custom made for every taste.
Some of the more famous legends about the origins of the margarita begin in Mexico City in 1934 when a bartender named Willie claimed to be in the inventor. That story was later countered by Carlos "Danny" Herrera who boasted that HE developed the drink at his restaurant in Tijuana in 1938. But it wasn't until 1948 that the margarita went "viral" after Dallas socialite Margarita Sames introduced the drink in 1948 for her surprised party guests, one of whom -- Tommy Hilton -- later added the drink to the bar menu at his hotels.
Fast-forward to the late 20th century when singer Jimmy Buffet made the margarita popular with a new generation of Americans with his mega-hit "Margaritaville", an ode to the famous cocktail. Today, skilled bartenders worth their salt boast a unique spin on the recipe that has resulted in popular variations such as the classic frozen margarita, the strawberry margarita, the mango margarita, the blueberry margarita, and even the grapefruit margarita!
How to make a classic margarita
The recipe for a basic margarita is simplicity itself. Just add tequila, cointreau or triple sec, and ice. Then, rim the cocktail glass with salt, and add a slice of lime for garnish. Of course, variations on the theme are endless, including mixing the ingredients with crushed ice in a blender for a frothy frozen margarita. No matter what your taste, there's a margarita waiting for you that hits just the right notes of sweet, salt and citrus:
1 oz. tequila
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. Cointreau
1. Place salt in a shallow saucer. Rub rim of a cocktail glass with lime wedge and dip glass into salt to coat rim.
2. Half fill cocktail shaker with ice and add tequila, lime juice and Cointreau. Shake vigorously.
Strain into margarita glass and garnish with lime wedge.
For a blue margarita, substitute Cointreau with Blue Curacao. For an orange margarita, substitute Cointreau with Triple Sec or Grand Marnier, and replace the lime juice with orange juice.
For a frozen margarita, all ingredients are placed in a blender with ice and mixed until frothy.