Gather your friends on February 22 and head out to the nearest cantina to celebrate Margarita Day. Thanks in part to Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville”, this drink is enjoyed by fans of Mexican fare and refreshing cocktails.
Its balance of sweet and tart is a harmonious marriage for quesadillas, chimichangas and enchiladas. Ordering what to eat is a piece-of-cake, but ordering the drink of honor can make a novice feel as if she’s at an inquisition.
First Decision: Classic or Trendy?
The classic margarita is a mixture of tequila, triple sec and lime juice. Today’s innovative mixologists believe the sky’s the limit and they don’t limit choices to citrus flavors. Strawberries, mangoes, and other more complex ingredients are infused.
Second Decision: Ice?
Margaritas are served on-the-rocks or straight up. Also popular is the frozen margarita, in which ice is blended into the drink to create a frosty indulgence.
Final Decision: Salt?
Traditionally, the rim of a glass is moistened with lime juice and dipped into salt, adding a tease of flavor that precedes sweet, tangy nuances.
Think having to make all these decisions just to order the first drink of the evening is challenging? Imagine how much harder it becomes after several rounds. Thankfully, the keen memories of bartenders spare you the ordeal of recalling what you last ordered. Tip them well.
This was so much fun! Next Margarita Day, let’s do it all over again. Oh and remember to thank your designated driver for getting you home safe.