Breakfast buffet: National margarita day
February 22nd, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Looks like it's going to be another tequila sunrise because today is National Margarita Day!

Grab yourself a cold glass of this cocktail, drop in a lime wedge and with a little imagination, you could be on your favorite beach!

A margarita is essentially tequila mixed with orange-flavored liqueur and lime or lemon juice with salt lining the rim of the glass. You can slurp it down shaken with ice, on the rocks, blended with ice into a frozen slushee-esque sipper or straight up.

The International Bartenders Association's standard ratio is 7:4:3, or 50% tequila, 29% Cointreau and 21% fresh lime or lemon juice. Blue margaritas, such as the funky one in our photo, come from using blue curaçao liqueur.

And while we have no hard and fast proof of who invented the margarita, the story goes that it was created in October 1941, at Hussong's Cantina in Ensenada, Mexico. On slow afternoons, bartenders tend to experiment, and Don Carlos Orozco is no exception. But when Margarita Henkel, daughter to a German ambassador, arrived, he offered a new cocktail for her to try. In honor of Margarita being the first to try his concoction, he named the cocktail after her.

Experiment with a pomegranate margarita or slide right into a classic margarita after work today and ease your troubles away. After all, it's 5 o' clock somewhere.

For the "simple, unadulterated margarita" route, here's what you need per Eatocracy's managing editor Kat Kinsman:

1 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz triple sec
2 oz tequila
Kosher salt

And here's how she says you should shake it up:

Roll the lime against the counter with your palm to soften it and release the oils. Slice it in half and use a juicer, or prick the flesh of each half with a fork a few times, then twisting the fork into the flesh over a bowl or glass, release the juice. Work from the center out to the rind. Save one half of the spent rind, and cut that in half.

Pour kosher salt into a bowl with deep sides. Wipe the rind quarter around the rim of the glass, then rotate the rim through the salt, against the side of the bowl until it has an even coating. Set the glass aside.

Measure 1 1/2 ounces of the lime juice into a cocktail shaker, add 1 ounce triple sec or the orange liqueur of your choice, and 2 ounces of tequila. Add ice and shake.

Fill the salt-rimmed glass with ice and strain the margarita over it. Add a garnish of a lime wedge if you care to, but that's just wasting precious drinking time.

The recipe can be doubled, triple or quadrupled, and the ratio of lime and orange liqueur can be adjusted to your tastes.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Best Seller Office Tables

    I've been surfing online more than three hours these days, yet I by no means found any attention-grabbing article like yours. It's pretty worth sufficient for me. In my opinion, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet can be much more useful than ever before.

    February 23, 2013 at 8:57 am |
  2. Cap'n Rita

    Wouldn't you just KNOW I would find this a day late. Got some catching up to do.
    On the rocks, no salt, if you please.

    February 23, 2012 at 6:57 am |
  3. caskydiver

    I love Margaritas, but question why this "national" day would fall on Ash Wednesday.

    February 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  4. Mr. Margarita

    29% Cointreau? That seems way too high! Does anyone else agree?

    February 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  5. CN Red

    That photo is making me thirsty!

    February 22, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  6. AleeD®

    'Ritas for breakfast. I like the way you think.

    February 22, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  7. daniel hoffman

    Help Christie or those of us who were a bit shocked at what a boor he was on yesterday's interview?

    This does deserve to be a more serious national holiday.

    Oh yeah, Countreau or Gran Marinier are better than triple sec. Bad tequila should never be consumed. It has to be 100 percent agave or you will be drinking ethanol and tequila. A squeeze of fresh orange juice is nice if the limes are too bitter.

    February 22, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      I delve into that a bit more here:

      Have been digging Gran Gala or Salerno Blood Orange!

      February 22, 2012 at 10:21 am |
  8. henry

    Chris Christie is a blathering, disgusting pig.

    February 22, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Perhaps a margarita will help?

      February 22, 2012 at 9:41 am |
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