National Margarita Day is upon us! The annual holiday, which falls on Friday, February 22, celebrates the beloved drink which, according to Nielsen data, is officially America’s favorite cocktail. In other words, it’s about time to kick your feet back and honor the drink by whipping up one of your own.
Though all you need to make a marg is tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice, there are countless ways to add additional flavor to the popular libation. For example, Meg McCabe, the assistant general manager of Park Avenue Tavern in New York City, tells Us Weekly the restaurant’s passion fruit margarita uses the exotic fruit to give their version of the drink a “vibrant color” and flavor profile that will let your taste buds “come alive.”
On the citrus front, Parker & Quinn’s blood orange margarita uses the “unique citrus from Italy” to flavor its take on the cocktail, which also gets an added boost of spice thanks to some ginger beer.
If you’re in the market for a slightly high-brow version of a margarita to mark the holiday with, look no further than the weeping coconut margarita created by Cuervo Tradicional – the makers of the original agave-based tequila. This drink, which was developed with some help from the Brooklyn Museum, pays tribute to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her “love” of the tropical fruit.
For something a bit different, Dre Masso, who is one of the original creators of the Olmeca Altos tequila brand, suggests topping your margarita off with a splash of champagne. As Masso sees it, the tart flavor and effervescent nature of the champagne complements the “sweet, honey-like” notes present in tequila.
Need more inspiration for what to throw together in celebration of National Margarita Day? Scroll down for some tasty and simple recipes!