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Happy National Margarita Day!

The Margarita has been around for a long time.  Its exact origin however is a highly contested topic.  Some claims go as far back as 1937 in Rancho La Gloria.   Others believe it was created back in 1941 in Ensenada, still others believe it was first mixed in Juarez.   Lots of folks want to lay claim to this classic.  What is generally agreed on is that the Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails enjoyed throughout the world; so much so that February 22nd is National Margarita Day.

Frozen, blended, or on the rocks, there is no wrong way to celebrate.  If you are a purist you stick with the traditional recipe: Tequila, Triple Sec, and Lime.   Since its creation, whenever that was, there have been countless variations, making the drink highly adaptable and fun.

A great recipe to try is the Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita created by The ‘Today’ Show’s Style Squad member and thelvguide.com founder Lilliana Vazquez.   This cocktail is a lot of fun to make, tastes soooo good, and has a little zing from the jalapeño syrup.  A round or two of these spicy pink beauties are sure to make National Margarita Day one of your favorite holidays.

 

Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita

Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita

Created by Lilliana Vasquez

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco
  • 4 oz Fresh Watermelon Juice
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Jalapeño Simple Syrup* (or add to taste)
  • 1 Thinly Sliced Jalapeño
  • Chili Lime Salt and Lime Wheel for Garnish

 

*Jalapeño Simple Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 Jalapeño (slice lengthwise and remove half of the seeds and veins)

                Preparation:

  • Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  • Add jalapeño slices and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove saucepan from heat. Cover and allow jalapeños to steep for 10 minutes.
  • Strain contents and let cool.

 

Preparation:

  1. Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh watermelon juice, fresh lime juice, jalapeño simple syrup and a jalapeño slice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.
  2. Strain contents into a rocks glass with fresh ice and chili lime salt rim.
  3. Garnish with lime wheel.

 

Ideal Serving Glass: Rocks Glass

Xan Garcia

Xan Garcia

Founder and senior editor of VODA. Cocktailian, Journalist, Traveler, and the next Robin Leach.

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