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National Margarita Day is no occasion to get salty

Meredith Dobes

National Margarita Day is today.

National Margarita Day, a holiday entirely devoted to America’s most popular cocktail, is today. Margaritas, drinks made of three simple ingredients: tequila, triple sec and lime juice, have been served since the 1940s.

National Margarita Day can be celebrated by purchasing the cheapest available ingredients, but there are a variety of pricier, more creative ways to spice the margarita up. In fact, mixologists suggest that the more expensive the brands, the better the margarita.

There are three different types of tequila: blanco, reposado and anejo. Blanco is referred to as silver tequila and is not aged. Reposado is aged in wood barrels for between two months and one year. Anejo has been aged for at least one year in oak barrels.

Each type of tequila offers its own unique flavor. The best brands of triple sec are advised as Cointreau and Grand Marnier. Mixologists suggest using fresh squeezed lime juice, as well.

If you are looking for a different way to celebrate National Margarita Day than just the basics, consider some recipes with different ingredients and flavors involved.

Depending on the flavor you want your margarita to take on, you can add strawberries, pineapple, jalapenos, orange juice (instead of lime juice), watermelon, mint, lemon or even beer.

However, for National Margarita Day celebrations on a budget, it might be best to stick to frozen lime juice, cheap tequila and bargain brand triple sec. And don’t forget the salt.

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