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Celebrate National Margarita Day with Casamigos recipes via George Clooney

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National Margarita Day is this Saturday, February 22nd and it's a good excuse to hang out with friends and enjoy some serious margaritas; and what better tequila to use than George Clooney and Rande Gerber winning tequila, Casamigos. Since the launch in January, 2013, Casamigos is now available all 50 states across the country.

Although George and Rande prefer their Casamigos chilled neat, on the rocks or straight from the bottle…when they are at home entertaining with friends making margaritas these are a few of the recipes they use.

Check out these signature Casamigos margarita recipes from Casamigos founders George Clooney & Rande Gerber:

The Real Man’s Margarita:

1 Glass

2 ounces Casamigos

3 Cubes of Ice

Method: Pour Casamigos over ice

Garnish: Couple of Friends

The Real Man’s Margarita with a twist:

1 Tumbler 1/2 Full of Crushed Ice

2 oz of Casamigos Reposado Tequila

1 Twist of Lime Peel

Mi Casa: (Rande's take on the classic margarita done the Casamigos way)

1 ½ oz. Casamigos Blanco Tequila

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

¼ oz. Fresh Orange Juice

½ oz. Agave Nectar

Method: Shake ingredients with ice then strain and serve on the rocks.

Garnish: Orange wedge

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A little bit about Casamigos...a number of years ago, best friends George Clooney and Rande Gerber bought a large plot of land in Mexico and decided to build adjacent homes - they named their homes "Casamigos," which loosely translates to "House of Friends." Initially they thought of creating one house large enough for everyone, but that concept was nixed in favor of two independent structures. Even so, the houses are basically used as a single home.

George and Rande began drinking a lot more tequila as they were spending more time in Mexico and after tasting a number of tequilas they didn't find anything that they liked… so they set out to make the best-tasting, smoothest tequila with no burn. No salt, no lime required was key for them. That's how the idea for Casamigos was born.

They decided to produce their own tequila, via a master distiller in the Jalisco Highlands of Mexico and worked on perfecting their blend for many years, often conducting blind taste tests with friends until they got it right. In their late-night “research sessions,” Gerber and Clooney preferred a sipping tequila known as Reposado, a term referring to the aging period when the spirit rests in oak barrels. They named their personal/house tequila "Casamigos."

Although Casamigos was always intended for personal use, eventually they were producing so much tequila and sharing it with their friends that the secret got out and they were encouraged to launch the brand. Since the brand's launch in January, 2013 Casamigos is now available in all 50 states. Casamigos currently produces a Blanco and Reposado tequila. www.casamigostequila.com

Most recently, Casamigos has garnered a variety of accolades from the spirit industry’s most well respected authority figures. Recent awards and ratings include winning the Gold Medal from the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, the coveted five (5) star rating from BevX magazine, an “A” rating from Good Spirit News and “Excellent” rating for Casamigos blanco and reposado at this year’s Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

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