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National Tequila Day: Tequila tastings, deals & celebrations across America

Have you heard the big news? If you're in the mood for a little something to whet your whistle, you’re in luck. According to a Huffington Post report published on July 22, a very special beverage holiday is hours away and thirsty Americans are ready to celebrate! Get ready to raise your glass, America! July 24, 2014, is National Tequila Day in the U.S.A! While the origins of this annual event are unknown, who needs an excuse to get into the holiday "spirit?"

National Tequila Day 2014:  Tequila Tastings, Drink Deals & Celebrations across America
National Tequila Day 2014: Tequila Tastings, Drink Deals & Celebrations across AmericaPhoto by Jemal Countess

Tequila, touted as North America’s “oldest distilled spirit, " is produced from the juices of Mexico’s blue agave plant – a relative of the lily family. Tequila must be fermented and distilled with at least 51 percent of agave juice, although the best tequilas are produced with 100 percent blue agave.

In honor of National Tequila Day, some restaurants, pubs and bars around the country will be offering tequila tastings, celebrations and deliciously refreshing drink specials in honor of the occasion. Get ready to grab a lime and salt shaker – it’s time to tickle your taste buds! Cheers!

National Tequila Day 2014 Events Across the U.S.A.

On the Border Drink Deals – Participating On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina locations will be servin’ up House Margaritas for $2 and Lunazul Reposado Tequila Shots for $2 in honor of the occasion. Chips and salsa will also be available at no cost.

Tacos & Tequila Flights – Tacos and Tequila, at Luxor, will be offering tequila flights, which include choice of three shots from five different tequilas, for $15. Be sure to check out the Congoa while you’re there – a ginormous frozen Margarita with two upside-down Sol beers for $20. Bottom's up!

Petty Cash LA Drink Deals – Stop by Petty Cash and enjoy Tequila Cabeza shots for $5. And be sure to try the special No Mames cocktail while you are there – made with Tequila Cabeza, honey liqueur, lime and grapefruit juice and chipotle rim.

Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen Deals – If you are in Texas, why not head on over to Sylvia’s? Enjoy $1.99 House Margaritas during various time frames on July 24 and if you’re hungry, there will be special prices on appetizers at the bar, too.

Agave Grill Specials– If you happen to be in the Hartford area, stop on by Agave Grill for flights of Avion and/or $4 House Margaritas all day long. Cheers!

Los Tios Mexican Restaurant Special - Los Tios will be celebrating National Tequila Day in a refreshing way! Not only will they be serving their signature Grand Gold Margaritas (made with Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, Grand Marnier, simple syrup and fresh lime juice) all month long, but will be offering the drink for $6.95. Served frozen or on the rocks, stop on by Los Tios and enjoy a refreshing Grand Gold Margarita.

Troy Liquor Bar Special - Stop by the Troy Liquor Bar (formerly the 675 Bar) on Hudson Street in New York, for a delightful cocktail. The special Forbidden Fruit cocktail, made with fresh grapefruit juice, lime juice, simple syrup, Yellow Chartreuse and Don Julio Silver, will be $8 in honor of National Tequila Day.

And speaking of drinks, how about a few recipes, courtesy of Milagro, to get you in the holiday spirit?

Blushing Rosemary Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Milagro Silver Tequila
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • ¾ part agave nectar
  • 4 watermelon chunks
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • Lemon
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker, muddle fruit and herbs. Add remaining ingredients. Shake and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with fresh rosemary spring and lemon wheel.

Ode to Isis Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Milagro Añejo
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • ¾ part agave nectar
  • 2 strawberries
  • 2 verbena leaves
  • 1 ½ part ginger beer

Directions:

Muddle. Shake well. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a fresh lime.

Happy National Tequila Day! Please drink responsibly.