Happy hour while surrounded by your favorite people holds a very near and dear place in your heart that can never be overshadowed, but what if I told you there's an entire day dedicated to sipping on margaritas with your closest friends? It's called National Margarita Day and it falls on Feb. 22 every year — meaning if you haven't busted out your blender yet, now is the time. No seriously, go get it right now. Don't worry about me — I'll wait.
Of course, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate with a margarita — job promotions, birthdays, the fact that you managed to get out of bed on a Tuesday — but there's something about having an official calendar day devoted entirely to the magical combination of tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and a salted rim that makes the need to celebrate seem a little more urgent. Whether you opt for one that's frozen or on the rocks, a classic combo or a more flavorful adventure, there are plenty of ways to get your margarita mix on today. Simply pick out the recipe that seems to be calling your name, and then follow it to find your margarita bliss. Just remember to incorporate a big glass of water into your celebration as well — you don't want today's party to become tomorrow's nightmare. Cheers!
1. Classic Margarita
You love a good, classic margarita, but do you know how to make one yourself? Hit up Averie Cooks' recipe to pay tribute to National Margarita Day by mastering the basics.
2. Spicy Watermelon Margarita
Spice things up literally with this punch by Cookie and Kate. Refreshing watermelon is offset by a tiny yet powerful slice of jalapeno — perfect for if you're looking for some heat. Rim with chili salt.
3. Mojito Margaritas
Dying to order a mojito, but don't want to look like a total weirdo on National Margarita Day? This combo by How Sweet It Is has you covered on all bases. Rum, tequila, and mint simple syrup pair surprisingly well together.
4. Strawberry Sriracha Margaritas
Sriracha and margaritas? Sounds like a party to me! Serve them together in this spicy concoction by Dometic Fits, and be sure to make enough to serve seconds.
5. Jalapeno Margaritas
You're never in for a boring time when margaritas are involved, but make things even more interesting by adding fresh jalapeno to your drink, a la Love and Lemons. Just remember — this isn't for the faint of heart.
6. Paleo Margaritas
Against All Grain makes her margaritas with 100 percent agave tequila — meaning no additional sugar has been added, so you can sip easy.
7. Prosecco Margaritas
You think you're fancy, huh? These margaritas by A Farmgirl's Dabbles are topped off with sparkling prosecco and can be made in large batches, making them the ideal option for your National Margarita Day party.
8. Coconut Margaritas
Coconut milk, coconut cream, and fresh lime juice give this margarita by Foodie Crush a tropical vibe, so you can immediately feel like you've been transferred to a white sand beach somewhere even while winter rages on all around you.
9. Chipotle Cocoa Margaritas
Looking for a flavor combo that will really create a buzz? Try out this suggestion by Tequila Avion. Combine two ounces of Avión Añejo, one-quarter ounce light agave, unsweetened cocoa powder, and chili powder into a glass with orange and lemon slices. Spicy, sweet, perfection.
10. Strawberry-Bottomed Pineapple Margaritas
How Sweet It Is purees her strawberries and combines them with tequila and pineapple simple syrup before topping the whole thing off with fresh pineapple juice. I'll have another one, please.
11. Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas
Want a kick? Of course you do. Cookie and Kate whips up a classic grapefruit margarita and then spikes it with a thinly sliced jalapeno round. It's a subtle but impactful embellishment.
12. Simple Margarita
Sometimes, the finest things in life are also the easiest. This margarita by 1800 Silver Tequila calls for only two ounces tequila, a splash of agave, and a splash of fresh lime juice. Super simple, super powerful. Cheers.
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Images: Averie Cooks; Cookie and Kate; How Sweet It Is; Dometic Fits; Love and Lemons; Against All Grain; A Farmgirl's Dabbles; Foodie Crush; Tequila Avion; How Sweet It Is; Cookie and Kate; 1800 Silver Tequila