“National Margarita Day” is a thing. Who knew?  Every day is a “National____ Day” according to the pitches I get. Personally, I don’t think there’s ever a bad day for a margarita, which is why it is the only one of those ‘holidays’ I’ve entertained in quite a while. Here are a few EBONY.com-approved recipes to help you celebrate. Turn down for what?

Jasmine Tea Margarita

I was hesitant about this one, but pleasantly surprised by how well the jasmine tea---which I usually don’t fancy very much---blends with the tequila. Olmeca Altos Reposado is aged in ex-bourbon casks and is not an entry level liquid, nor one for the “I like the premixed margaritas in the grocery store” crew.

  • 2 parts Olmeca Altos Reposado
  • 1 part lime juice
  • ½ part agave syrup
  • 4 parts jasmine tea

Build up all ingredients over ice. Stir in chilled glass.

 

Tommy’s Margarita

This might be why Tommy ain’t got no job. It’s so good, light and easy to drink. Olmeca Altos Plata is a good ‘middle shelf’ tequila, nice bang for your buck---but won’t knock you down.

  • 2 parts Olmeca Altos Plata
  • 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ½ part agave nectar

Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass. Serve on the rocks.



Blood Orange Margarita

You really can’t go wrong with blood orange! This one is soooo good. You can sub triple sec for the Cointreau, but I highly advise spending a couple of extra bucks---it’s a good bottle to keep on the shelf and makes a lot of great cocktails. Don’t even think about using regular orange juice though.

  • 1 1/2 parts Tequila Avión (I prefer Silver; it’s light, but won’t get lost to the orange flavor by far!)
  • 3/4 parts Cointreau Orange Liqueur
  • 1 part Blood Orange Juice
  • 1/2  part Fresh Sour Mix           

 In a cocktail shaker, add all ingredients with ice.  Shake and strain; best served over fresh ice and garnish with an orange twist.