National Margarita Day: 14 Cocktail Recipes To Celebrate This Fiesta With Unique Twist

Tequila Margaritas
One Tequila, Two Tequilas... National Margarita Day! Celebrate with these fresh concoctions. Photo: Courtesy

Celebrate National Margarita Day on February 22 with unique twists on the traditional sip! These cocktails are highlighting the current trends in the mixology scene. Whether that means mixing multiple spirits together, or playing with brightly colored ingredients, upgrades from the classic recipe are the key to hosting a top-notch fiesta. 

From a hibiscus ginger margarita, to a marg made with St-Germain and grapefruit juice, recreating traditional sips is the trend of the season. Mixologists and diferrent tequila brand ambassadors, like Manny Hinojosa and Jeremy Seaver of Tio's Mexican Cafe in Ann Arbor, shared with us their secret recipes to help us celebrate and pay tribute to lime, salt and the agave plant on this special day with these adaptations of the classic margaritas, transforming them just adding different flavored purees, bitters and fresh juices. 

  • HIBISCUS GINGER MARGARITA

Hibiscus Margarita The hibiscus is the national flower of Haiti but is traditionally worn by Tahitian and Hawaiian girls.The drinks made of hibiscus flowers is known by many names in many countries around the world and is served both hot and cold. Photo: Courtesy

2 oz. Tequila Cazadores Reposado

¾ oz. Perfect Puree Hibiscus

¾ oz. Perfect Puree Ginger Sour

¾ oz. fresh lime juice

2 dashes of Fee brother grapefruit bitters

Top with splash of Topochico mineral water

DIRECTIONS

In a cocktail shaker combine all the ingredients with ice except Topochico, shake and serve over the rocks. Garnish with lime peel and dash of cinnamon powder.

  • CAZADORES HIGHLAND MARGARITA

Cazadores Margarita Crafted by brand ambassador, Manny Hinojosa, this zesty cocktail contains grapefruit juice and lime. Photo: Courtesy

2 oz. Tequila Cazadores Reposado

½ oz. St-Germain

½ oz. Agave syrup

3 oz. Fresh grapefruit juice

½ oz. Fresh lime juice

Pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS

In a mixing glass combine all the ingredients with ice, shake and serve over the rocks. Salt optional.

  • BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITA 

Blood Orange Margarita The fruit is similar in taste and texture to a regular orange but are only in season from December through May. This cocktail is rich in vitamin C. Is healthy dose with a booze . Photo: Courtesy

1 ½ oz. Tequila Cazadores Blanco

¾ oz. agave syrup

¾ oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. perfect puree blood orange

2 dashes grapefruit bitters

Sal de Gusano de Maguey rim

Orange slice garnish

DIRECTIONS

In a mixing glass, add all the ingredients with ice, shake vigorously and serve over the rocks. Garnish with orange slice

  • JALAPENO MARGARITA 

Jalapeno Margarita The perfect dose of spicy citric flavors and alcohol. Photo: Courtesy

1 ½ part Tequila Cazadores Reposado

½ part premium triple sec (Cointreau)

½ part Agave nectar

½ part lime juice

½ part lemon juice

1 slice of jalapeno

DIRECTIONS

Combine all the ingredients, besides jalapeno with ice. Shake with slice of jalapeno and serve over the rocks. Garnish with lime wedge.

  • PUMPKIN MARGARITA 

Pumpkin Margarita Bring the fall signature squash to celebrate with you in winter. Photo: Courtesy

1 ½ oz. Tequila Cazadores Reposado

1 oz. Bols Pumpkin Spice liquor

2 oz. Orange juice

½ oz. lemon juice

Dash of cinnamon powder

DIRECTIONS

In a cocktail shaker combine all the ingredients with ice, shake and serve over the rocks. Cinnamon sugar rim glass and orange peel for garnish.

  • WINTER BLACKBERRY GINGER MARGARITA

Blackberry Margarita Rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C this fresh and feminine drink is the "blackberry" on the top for each party. Photo: Courtesy

1 1/2 oz. Tequila Cazadores Reposado

3/4 oz. Perfect Puree Blackberry

3/4 oz. agave nectar

3/4 oz. Fresh lime juice

1 slice of ginger

Salt rim optional

DIRECTIONS

In a mixing glass muddle slice of ginger add the rest of the ingredients with ice shake vigorously and serve over the rocks. Garnish with lime wheel and fresh blackberry.

  • BLOOD ARROYO

Margarita A combination of grape fruit juice, lime juice and rosemary simple syrup makes the perfect adaptation of the classic margarita featuring Blue Nectar Tequila and Sombra Mezcal. Photo: Courtesy

1 1/2 oz. Sombra Mezcal
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1/2 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. rosemary simple syrup (combine equal parts sugar and water in a sauce pan. Add two sprigs of rosemary and simmer until sugar has dissolved. Allow to chill)
Salt (if desired)

DIRECTIONS

Combine Sombra, grapefruit juice, lime juice and rosemary syrup in a shaker with ice, and shake vigorously. Salt the rim of a rocks glass. Strain cocktail over ice in rocks glass. Garnish with grapefruit wedge and rosemary sprig.

  • STRAWBERRY KIWI MARGARITA 

Margarita As girly as it sounds, the Strawberry Kiwi Margarita is available at Rocco's Tacos in Florida and New York, and now you'll be able to make it yourself for your girls night gatherings. Photo: Courtesy

2 oz. Blue Nectar Silver
1 oz. Lime
3/4 oz. Agave
1/4 oz. Strawberry Liqueur
2 muddled strawberries
1/2 kiwi, peeled and muddled

DIRECTIONS

Muddle kiwi and strawberry together and combine all ingredients. Shake and strain, garnish with a strawberry and kiwi slice.

  • BLUE-CUMBER LIME MARGARITA 

Margarita The creator of this Blue-cumber Lime Margarita is Jeremy Seaver of Tio's Mexican Cafe in Ann Arbor, MI. He is giving us major summer vibes with this one! Photo: Courtesy

1 1/2 oz. Blue Nectar Silver
1 inch of cucumber
3/4 oz. Cointreau
1 1/2 oz. lime juice
1 1/2 oz. lime simple syrup

DIRECTIONS

Muddle cucumber with Blue Nectar Tequila. Add remaining ingredients and shake over ice. Strain into rocks glass. Garnish with cucumber slice.

Recipe for lime simple:

2 cups of water, 1.5 cups of sugar, zest of 1 lime

  • FLYING POMEGRANATE MARGARITA

Flying Pomegranate Margarita The Flying Pomegranate Margarita is another amazing cocktail who is giving us the summer season taste while in winter. Photo: Courtesy

1 1/2 parts Avión Silver

1 3/4 part Pomegranate Juice

3/4 part Orange Liqueur

3/4 part Sour Mix (2:1 Lime/Simple Syrup)

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a lime twist.

  • CHIPOTLE COCOA MARGARITA 

Chipotle Cocoa Margarita The Chipotle Cocoa Margarita combines the best Light Agave with a touch of spicy flavors. Photo: Courtesy

3 Slices of Orange

1 Slice of Lemon

1/4 oz. Light Agave

2 oz. Avión Añejo

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Chipotle Powder

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass that has been rimmed with a mixture of cocoa powder and chipotle powder, and garnish with an orange twist.

  • PINEAPPLE MARGARITA

Margarita Red, the Steakhouse in Miami Beach, shared with us their unique Pineapple Margarita. A fresh mix of pineapple juice, simple syrup, fresh lime, a splash of OJ and cilantro leave accents all shaken to perfection with Don Julio Blanco Tequila. Photo: Courtesy

1.5oz Don Julio Blanco

2oz fresh pineapple juice

1 fresh lime

1 full simple syrup squeeze

4-5 cilantro leaves

Splash of OJ

DIRECTIONS

Mix all ingredients over ice and shake well - make sure to shake well enough to break up all cilantro - pour into glass and serve.

  • PINEAPPLE AND NUTMEG 

Pineapple & Nutmeg Margarita Created by Mixologist Charlotte Voisey, the Pineapple and Nutmeg Margarita is the perfect combination of fruity and sweet. Photo: Courtesy

2 oz. Milagro Reposado Tequila

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

¾ oz. Fresh Squeezed Pineapple Juice

½ oz Agave Nectar

Glass: Rocks

DIRECTIONS

Garnish with a pineapple leaf and freshly grated nutmeg. Combine ingredients and shake well.

  • SMOKED PEAR MARGARITA

Smoked Pear Margarita Mixologist Charlotte Voisey created the Smoked Pear Margarita. A concoction made of the finest, sweetest blue agave of Jalisco, Mexico. Photo: Courtesy

1.5 oz. Milagro Silver

¾ oz. Montelobos Mezcal

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

¾ oz. Agave Nectar

½ Fresh Pear Juice (muddle from ripe fruit)

2 Dashes Apple Bitters

Glass: Rocks

DIRECTIONS

  Garnish with a dehydrated pear slice and a sprinkle of sea salt. Combine ingredients and shake well.

 

 

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