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Not that you needed an excuse to celebrate the brilliance of the margarita, but be sure to have one (or three) today in honor of National Margarita Day.  We got a few tips from Casa Herradura on how to make the best margaritas at home. (We’re currently crushing on this one.) Has anyone started a petition to make National Margarita Day a national holiday yet?

  • Avoid using cheap tequila.  The good stuff is made from 100% agave, which means no additional sugars were added during the fermentation process.
  • Use real limes!  Avoid the green, lime-shaped plastic ball, or any prepackaged sour mix. Limes aren’t expensive so don’t drop the ball on this.
  • Triple sec is key. This orange liquor is sweet and it’s made from dried orange peels.
  • It’s all about the measurements.  The basic ratio measurement of a margarita is 2:1:1 which means 2 parts tequila, 1 part triple sec and 1 part lime juice. This depends on how strong you like your margarita, so feel free to experiment with it!  Here’s a recipe to get those creative juices flowing:

Photo: Casa Herradura

British Breakfast Margaritas

2 oz Herradura Silver
1 tsp apricot jam
¾ oz lime juice
¼ oz simple syrup
Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker; shake hard to mix, and pour into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass.  Garnish with kumquats (in season), apricots and a mint sprig.