National Margarita Day - Saturday 2/22

The first thing you should do on February 22 is buy limes, lots of them. Then invite over all of your friends.

I'm thankful that National Margarita Day falls on a Saturday this year. What better way to pay tribute to the juice of the agave than a get-together with the people you love (without having to convince them to skip work).

To avoid showing up empty handed to a margarita party, here are a few basics. The classic margarita is 100% blue agave tequila, fresh lime and sugar. But from this steady foundation, countless variations exist, so don't be afraid to flex your creativity.

Need some starting points, try these, provided by the kind people at Avión:

elevated margarita on whiteElevated Margarita
2 parts Avión Silver or Reposado
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2  part Agave Nectar

Combine ingredients in shaker with ice, and shake vigorously.  Fine strain over fresh ice.  Garnish with a lime wheel.

Blood Orange MargaritaBlood Orange Margarita
1 1/2 parts Tequila Avión
3/4  part 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.

Rita-Rioja-2Rita Rioja
1 1/2 oz. Tequila Avión Reposado
3/4 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
3/4 oz. Simple Syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
Fresh Red Pepper

Muddle a fresh red pepper and a few leaves of cilantro in a cocktail shaker. Add Tequila Avión Reposado, fresh lime juice and simple syrup. Fill cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a salt rimmed cocktail glass.