How to Make a Perfect Margarita for National Margarita Day
Making the perfect margarita is as easy as 1, 2, 3 and we have recipes and tips from the experts at Nacional 27, Aba and El Segundo Sol just in time for National Margarita Day on Saturday, February 22! Salud!
Nacional 27’s Signature N27 Margarita
For their signature margarita, Nacional 27 starts with Partida Reposado Tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice (can substitute sour mix, if that’s what you have on-hand) and Triple Sec, a liqueur made from triple distilled orange peels. A splash of Brugal Anejo Rum is added, a Dominican spirit that provides the perfect bold, adventurous finish. Shake it all up, garnish with salt on the rim (if desired) and a wedge of lime, serve over ice, and you’re all set!
1 ½ oz Partida Reposado Tequila
½ oz Brugal Anejo Rum
½ oz Triple Sec
1 ½ oz sour mix (or fresh lime juice and simple syrup to taste)
- Add all ingredients to shaker with ice, shake and strain over salt-rimmed low ball glass with ice.
- Garnish with lime wedge.
Pro-tip: For a variation of this recipe, simply hold the Triple Sec and add Grand Marnier Cognac for a spicy, vanilla sensation to your drink.
Aba’s 5th Generation Margarita
For a top-shelf spin on a traditional margarita, try Aba’s 5th Generation Margarita from lead mixologist Liz Pearce. This recipe starts with Fortaleza Still Strength Blanco Tequila which boasts flavors and aromas of butter, olive, earth and black pepper, which are enhanced because it comes straight from the still, without adding water for bottling. Combine this with Grand Marnier 100 Year Anniversary, an exceptional blend of refined XO Cognacs combined with the essence of wild tropical oranges, and be ready to impress your friends with your cocktail-making skills.
5th Generation Margarita
1 ½ oz Fortaleza Still Strength Blanco Tequila
½ oz Grand Marnier 100 Year Anniversary
½ oz simple syrup
1 oz fresh lime juice
- Pour the Fortaleza Still Strength Blanco Tequila, Grand Marnier 100 Year Anniversary, lime juice and simple syrup into a shaker.
- Shake, then double-strain over a single 2×2 ice cube.
- Peel an orange twist and zest over the drink.
- Garnish with a lime wheel and orange twist.
El Segundo Sol’s Frozen Margarita
For a great frozen margarita, start with quality ingredients. At El Segundo Sol in Las Vegas, blanco tequila, orange liqueur and fresh lime juice is sweetened with just a touch of simple syrup before going into the blender. Start with this simple recipe and add whatever else strikes your fancy – try fruits like mango or strawberries or maybe even a seeded jalapeno for an extra kick!
¾ oz Sauza Blanco
½ oz Bauchant Orange Liqueur
¼ oz fresh lime juice
1 ¼ oz simple syrup
3 ¾ oz water
- Use blender to combine Sauza Blanco, Bauchant Orange Liqueur, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and water with ice to create slushy consistency.
- Garnish with (optional) salt rim and lime wheel