4 Margarita Recipes for National Margarita Day

National Margarita Day falls on February 22, which is a Saturday this year, which means it's a good excuse for a party! These four new margarita recipes from restaurants around SoCal add fun flavors to elevate the drink -- a couple don't even use tequila, but opt for mezcal instead. Be safe and have fun mixing!

Smoky MargaritaSmoky Margarita
Courtesy of Kim Haasarud, Omni Hotels & Resorts

1.5 oz Mezcal (Kim uses Del Maguey VIDA)
.75 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz lime juice
.5 oz lemon juice
1 oz agave nectar
Garnish: Lime wheel

If salt is desired, rim half the glass with a lime wedge and dip into salt. Set aside.

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into the ice-filled martini glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

Ginger MargaritaGinger Margarita
Courtesy of Loteria Grill

2 oz. Tequila Blanco (Loteria uses Cazadores)
1 oz. Agave Nectar
2 oz. Pressed Ginger Juice
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
.75 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice

In a mixing glass, combine tequila, agave, ginger, and lime. Shake. Add the pineapple juice, add ice and shake again. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and candied ginger.

Mezcal CitrusHearts & Tarts
Courtesy of TART

1 Jalapeño Slice
1 1/2 oz. El Silencio Mezcal
3/4 oz. Passionfruit Syrup
3/4 oz. Orange Curaçao
3/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

In a mixing glass, with a muddler press a jalapeño slice. Add rest of ingredients, add ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Cucumber Lavender MargaritaCucumber Lavender Margarita
Courtesy of Tortilla Republic

2 oz. Casa Noble Organic Tequila (or other 100% agave silver tequila)
2-3 ½ Inch Cucumber Slices, muddled
1.5 oz. Fresh Squeeze Lime Juice
0.75 oz. Lavender-Infused Simple Syrup
(soak 4-5 sprigs of lavender in simple syrup for 2-3 days, or purchase at farmers' markets and specialty grocers)

Shake. Pour into a 12.5 oz. glass on rocks. Garnish with cucumber and fresh lavender blossoms.

About the Author

Katherine is the former Living Managing Editor at KCET.org. She's been living in and writing about this area for over a decade.
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