FOOD & WINE

Cheers! On National Margarita Day

February 22, 2014
A non-alcoholic Margarita from FTD

Although the holiday falls on a Saturday this year, National Margarita Day is celebrated every year on the same day, February 22.

Having just returned from Mexico, where we engaged in copious research for this post, here are a few pictures below:

Cadillac Margarita at El Farallon

Cadillac Margarita

Pepper Margarita

Jalapeno pepper Margarita

Tomato Margarita

Tomato Margarita

Tamarind Margarita

Tamarind Margarita

A Few Facts about Margaritas 

  • The origins of this famous drink are uncertain. Some claim it was borne in Mexico, others say Texas, somewhere between 1930 and 1940.
  • While there are many interesting variations in terms of flavors and ingredients, according to The IBA (IBA Official list of Cocktails) the standard proportions of a margarita are 50% tequila, 29% Cointreau, and 21% fresh lime juice.
  • Margaritas can be served frozen, on ice and straight up. They can be made with or without salt on the rim of the glass.
  • Margaritas can be made with any type of tequila—blanco, reposado or anejo; each changes the character of the drink.
  • The fanciest and most expensive Margaritas is called the “Cadillac” because the ingredients include Grand Marnier and reposado instead of blanco tequila.
  • Contrary to what you may guess, the Margarita is not the most popular tequila-based cocktail in Mexico. It’s the Paloma (made either with tequila and grapefruit-flavored soda or with grapefruit juice and club soda, both with lime).

When traveling have you tried new cocktails that you now imbibe at home?


*This post is part of a foodie LinkUp on Marcia Maynes Inside Journeys.

  • Reply
    Sand In My Suitcase
    February 22, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    So fun! We’ve sipped some ultra-delicious organic carrot-orange “farmaritas” and wild hibiscus margaritas at Flora Farm in Cabo San Lucas. And we love fresh pulpy tamarind margaritas, rimmed with chili powder.

    • Irene S. Levine
      Reply
      Irene S. Levine
      February 23, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Sounds like you are experts in the topic!
      Thanks for stopping by~

  • Reply
    Marcia
    March 5, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I had no idea there’s a National Margarita Day, Irene. Not that I need a special day to enjoy this delicious drink. I love the different flavors you have here and would love try the Cadillac.
    I love rum and try local rums whenever I travel to a rum country.
    Thanks for the copious research you did to bring us this refreshing post and thanks for linking up this week, Irene! Hope you enjoy the rest of it.

  • Reply
    Phoebe @ Lou Messugo
    March 6, 2014 at 4:57 am

    How fantastic to “research” margaritas!! I’d be happy to help! Your photos are lovely. I always make it a priority to try the local tipple wherever I’m travelling.

    • Irene S. Levine
      Reply
      Irene S. Levine
      March 6, 2014 at 6:03 am

      Thanks for visiting, Phoebe. I love the word “tipple.”:-)

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