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February 22 is National Margarita Day

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When thinking of Margaritas and holidays, probably Cinco de Mayo comes first to mind, but as any Margarita fan will tell you, that doesn't seem like it's enough recognition. And they'd be right, which is why there is also National Margarita Day.

It's only appropriate that the Margarita should be honored with its own day. It's been around since at least the 1940s, although its exact origins are a matter of debate. There are numerous claimants to the title of 'inventor of the Margarita,' although with one exception, all of them claim that the drink was named for the woman who inspired the concoction. Of course, the muse is a different woman in each story, too...

Today, the Margarita is the most frequently ordered cocktail in the United States, and there are almost as many Margarita variations as there are drinks misleadingly called a Martini. If a bar has a blender, at minimum it probably offers a traditional Margarita, a Strawberry Margarita, and maybe a Peach Margarita, although there are versions with everything from avocado to watermelon.

And this year, Herradura Tequila has offered up two new versions using substitutions for the traditional Cointreau. One makes use of Chambord and pomegranate juice to create a Margarita with a sweet berry base, while the second goes tropical with pineapple and Tuaca liqueur.

Chambord Margarita Royale

  • 1 1/2 oz. Herradura Silver Tequila
  • 3/4 oz. Chambord Liqueur
  • 3/4 oz. pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a margarita or martini glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

Tuaca Tropical Margarita

  • 2 part Tuaca liqueur
  • 4 one-inch squares fresh pineapple, muddled
  • 1 part Tequila Herradura Reposada
  • 1/2 part simple syrup
  • 1/2 part fresh lemon juice

Muddle pineapple squares in a cocktail shaker, and then add remaining ingredients with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Serve garnished with a pineapple wedge.

These two recipes are definitely a cut above the typical Margarita. And while they seem exotic, the ingredients are easy to find. Herradura, Tuaca, and Chambord can all be found locally. If your favorite corner liquor store doesn't carry them, check out any Lukas Liquors, Gomers, or Berbiglia location.

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