Brighter, warmer days are coming our way — eventually — so this is a perfect time to celebrate National Margarita Day (February 22). Margaritas are crowd-pleasers because of their bright flavor and for us they are always reminiscent of warm evenings out with friends. Invite those friends over, cook up a pizza pan full of your favorite nachos, and enjoy these five margarita recipes — two using tequila and three with smoky mezcal.
DeLeón Platinum Tequila Margarita
1.5 oz. DeLeón Platinum tequila
3/4 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a salt rimmed margarita glass and garnish with a lime wedge before serving.
Té Verde Margarita
1 1/4 parts Montelobos mezcal
¾ part Ancho Reyes Verde
3/4 part strong green tea syrup (brew green tea with equal parts of water and sugar until it thickens into a syrup)
1 part fresh lime juice
5 mint leaves
Add all ingredients to a shaker. Shake and serve over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lime wheel.
Juan to Juan
1 part Montelobos mezcal
1 part Ancho Reyes Original
3/4 part fresh lemon juice
1/2 part simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Pour into a coupe glass, garnish with a lemon wheel, and serve.
2 parts Montelobos mezcal
1 oz. rosé wine
3/4 part fresh lime juice
1 part Jamaica concentrate syrup (hibiscus)
2-3 medium strawberries
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend with 1 1/2 cups ice. Garnish with half of a strawberry, a lime wheel, and grated Mexican chocolate on top.
Rio Verde Margarita
1 ½ oz. Milagro tequila
1 oz. Ancho Reyes Verde
1/2 oz. agave
3/4 oz. lime
Muddle cilantro sprig and grilled tomatillo wedge with all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a salt rimmed glass. Garnish with spiked grilled tomatillo and cilantro sprig.
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