The Countdown to National Margarita Day Is On!

02/18/2014 at 08:13 PM ET

Margarita Recipes
Tortilla Republic

We know, it’s a bummer to see another long holiday weekend end. (Oh, George Washington, we hardly celebrated ye.) But, chin up, because there is a far more exciting holiday coming up that is sure to lift your spirits — literally: National Margarita Day.

On Feb. 22 — or, in our case, every day leading up to the big day — you can sip like a star with specialty cocktails by mixologists from Tortilla Republic, Chaya Brasserie and Tart, three of L.A.’s popular eateries.

Mixologists at Tortilla Republic, which has been home to celebrity guests ranging from Charlize Theron to Chloe Grace Moretz, recommend their cucumber lavender margarita. It tastes sweet, tart and refreshing all at the same time.

Cucumber Lavender Margarita
Makes 1

2 oz. tequila
2-3 cucumber slices, muddled (plus more for garnish)
1½ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice, plus lime slice for garnish
¾ oz. lavender-infused simple syrup (soak 4-5 sprigs of lavender in simple syrup for up to 3 days)
Mint leaves, for garnish

Mix ingredients in a shaker, and pour into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with cucumber, lime, mint, and fresh lavender blossoms.

Margarita Recipes
Courtesy CHAYA Restaurants

The 25-year resident bartender at Chaya Brasserie Beverly Hills recommends what the eatery calls its spicy margarita ($7). The trendy spot is a favorite of many A-listers, including Ellen DeGeneres, Katie Holmes and Zac Efron.

Spicy Margarita
Makes 1

2 oz. jalapeno-infused tequila (soak jalapenos in the tequila for 6-8 hours for the perfect punch!)
1 oz. agave nectar
1 oz. prickly pear puree
1 oz. fresh lime juice
¾ oz. triple sec

In a mixing glass, combine tequila, agave, prickly pear puree and lime. Shake and add the triple sec. Add ice and shake again. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Margarita Recipes
Mezcal El Silencio

Tart restaurant, located across from The Grove in L.A., is home to a spicy, passion fruit-flavored Hearts & Tarts margarita made with Mezcal El Silencio by mixologist Marcos Tello. Stars including Judd Apatow, Joel McHale and Jon Hamm are all fans of the eatery.

Hearts & Tarts Margarita
Makes 1

1 jalapeño slice
1½ oz. mezcal
¾ oz. passion fruit syrup
¾ oz. orange curaçao
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
pomegranate seeds, for optional garnish

1. In a mixing glass with a muddler, press a jalapeño slice. Add rest of ingredients, add ice and shake.

2. Dampen the rim of a rocks glass with a lime segment, and dip the rim into into a mixture of salt and cayenne pepper. Add ice, and strain drink into glass. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

—Dahvi Shira

FILED UNDER: Cocktails , Food , Recipes

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Rebecca on

Mezcal El Silencio is my favorite brand of Mezcal! Perfect for any kind of margarita!!

Anonymous on

Hearts & Tarts Margarita it’s mouthwatering… I want one, now!!!

Bruno on

Hearts & Tarts Margarita it’s mouthwatering, I want one… NOW!!!

Adam on

Just discovered Mezcal El Silencio! Where have I been?! Officially my new favorite drink. #getonit

Kelly on

OK this article is making me want to ditch the office and start happy hour early with my own hearts and tarts!!!!! SOS

Brandon on


Brian on

Way better than tequila… sorry tequila lovers!!

Brooke on

i will be celebrating this holiday lol, but not with these oddball recipes. I’ll take a classic margarita tyvm!

Jennifer on

Thanks for your write up! National Margarita Day begin just a few years ago as a way to celebrate and honor the almighty margarita. We organize and promote margarita related events, products and services year round leading up to National Margarita Day on Feb 22.

Here are the 2014 Official NMD Sponsors –

Official Tequila of National Margarita Day – Pura Vida Tequila
Official Mix of National Margarita Day – Margarita Man
Official Margarita Machine of National Margarita Day – Margarita Man
Official Restaurant of National Margarita Day – On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

Let me know if I can help you with anything else!


Director of Operations
The Official Website of National Margarita Day

Margarita Facts

– #1 Most Popular Drink in the World
– On average, Americans consume 185,000 Margaritas per hour (Source: Brown-Forman)
– US is the number one tequila market – even larger than Mexico (Cheers On-Premise Handbook)
– Margaritas are the highest demanded drink, representing 18 percent of all mixed drink sales in the US (Cheers On-Premise Handbook)

Jace Shoemaker-Galloway on

National Margarita Day Drink Deals Across America: Margarita & Tequila Specials on Feb. 22

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