6 Fiesta-Worthy Margaritas to Celebrate National Margarita Day

National Margarita DayTuesday, February 22nd is National Margarita Day in the U.S., and we will stand shoulder to shoulder at the bar in our giant sombreros with our southern brothers and sisters on this most important celebration.

The origins of the Margarita are disputed, and the Wikipedia page sums up some of the most popular theories. But, no one can argue that the Margarita is a dang good drink, in fact it was the most ordered mixed drink in America in 2008 according to Cheers On-Premise Handbook representing 18% of all orders (behind were Martini, Run & Coke, Vodka & Tonic and the Cosmopolitan). According to Brown-Forman in 2008 Americans ordered an average of 185,000 Margaritas per hour. Now that my friends is a happy hour!

Here are 6 of our favorites Margaritas. Set your blenders to awesome!

1. Classic Lime Margarita

Classic Margarita Ingredients

  • 3 oz Sauza Tequila
  • 1.5 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • salt for rim

Preparation
Spread salt in a small dish. Wet the rum of a cocktail glass (we need to do a resupply run on our Margarita glasses), turn turn the glass in the salt, covering the rim. Combine the tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake well for 5-6 seconds and then strain into the cocktail glass.

2. Strawberry Lime Margarita

Strawberry-Lime Margarita Ingredients

  • 3 oz tequila
  • 1.5 oz triple sec
  • 1/4 cup of ice
  • 4-5 frozen whole strawberries
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • salt for rim

Preparation
Combine the frozen strawberries and sugar in the blender and pulse until they are chopped well. Add the ice and pulse again. Next, stir the tequila, lime juice and triple sec in a separate glass. Gradually pour the mixture into the blender until the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into cocktail glasses rimmed with coarse salt. Garnish with a slice of lime.

3. Blueberry Lime Margarita

Blueberry Lime Margarita Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1/4 cup of ice
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 oz blueberry blend juice
  • 1 oz club soda
  • 1 tbsp frozen limeade
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Coarse salt for rim

Preparation
Add the ice to the blender,  pulse until crushed. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in coarse salt. Lean Spanish, then pour and serve.

4. Cranberry Lime Margarita

Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • fresh lime juice from half a lime
  • dash of agave nectar
  • 2-3 drops of hot sauce
  • salt & chili powder for rim

Preparation
Moisten the rim of a martini glass with a wedge of lime. Add coarse salt and chili powder to a small plate and turn the rim of the martini glass to create a salt & chili powder rim. Add the rest of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake and then strain into the cocktail glass.

5. Jalapeno Lime Margarita

Jalapeno Margarita Ingredients

  • 3 oz tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • dash of agave nectar
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • thin slices of japaleno pepper
  • 1 tbsp simple syrup
  • 6 celery leaves

Preparation
Moisten the rim of a martini glass with a wedge of lime. Add coarse salt  to a small plate and turn the rim of the martini glass to create a salt & chili rim. add the slices of jalapeno to the blender, add lime juice, simple syrup and the celery leaves – pulse until the pieces are chopped. Add triple sec, agave nectar and tequila and blend until smooth. Strain into the martini glass and garnish with the rest of the jalapeno pepper.

6. Pineapple Chili Margarita

Pineapple Chili Margarita Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 oz freshly squeezed pineapple juice
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 tbsp agave nectar

Preparation
Start by moistening the rim of a martini glass with a wedge of lime. Add coarse salt and chili powder together on a small plate and turn the rim of the martini glass to create a salt & chili rim (delicious!). Add the tequila, 1/2 tbsp on agave nectar, pineapple and lime juice to a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake and then strain into the cocktail glass. Garnish with slices of lime and jalapeño.

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Thanksgiving Leftovers: the Wild Turkey 101

Wild Turkey 101I’m not naming names or pointing fingers here at Madtini Labs today, but I’m pretty sure someone had replaced all of my jeans with exact duplicate pants that are 1-2 sizes smaller. While that investigation goes on and another turkey sandwich is consumed, we’re going to do something about the Wild Turkey leftovers.

We’re going to keep it simple, bourbon on the rocks, but fancy it up a bit with a couple of fresh cranberries skewered onto a rosemary sprig.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • Rosemary Sprig
  • Cranberries

Preparation
Skewer several fresh cranberries onto a sprig of rosemary. Pour Wild Turkey Bourbon over ice in a rocks glass.

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4 Delicious Thanksgiving Madtini Cocktails

It's a Madtini Thanksgiving
While the glorious warm weather this weekend certainly seems like summer, one look at the calendar, and one deep sniff of the air tells us that’s its Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. The turkey is almost ready, the vegetables are cooking and the Thanksgiving cocktails are on the table at Madtini Intoxicology Labs. Here are four of our favorites.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving from Madtini!

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Madtini Thanksgiving – Gobble-tini

Gobble-tiniI just learned on the Food Network that only male turkeys gobble, females make a ‘clicking’ noise (no comment from the Madtini Labs crew on that one). Other facts I discovered were: domesticated turkeys have approximately 3,500 feathers and have been bred to be white so that when plucked the feathers leave no discernible mark.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz cranberry-infused vodka
  • 3/4 oz chambord
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • fresh cranberries

Preparation
Combine vodka, Chambord, lemon juice and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a skewer of fresh cranberries.

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Madtini Thanksgiving – The Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot CocktailThe question of the day is, ‘Do Turkeys Trot?’ The only thing I’ve ever see turkeys do is wander around aimlessly, completely oblivious to their ultimate fate. Just to clarify what a Turkey Trot really is, it was one of the most popular ragtime music dances of 1900-1910. Although maybe after a few of these you may be looking at getting your trot-on.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • 2 oz 7-Up or Sprite
  • 2 oz Cranberry Juice
  • fresh cranberries

Preparation
Combine the bourbon, sprite and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Stir, then strain into the cocktail glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a skewer of fresh cranberries.

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