Although it’s only the end of February and it feels like summer can’t come soon enough, this Friday is a day worth celebrating as it’s actually National Margarita Day. Now you might be thinking to yourself, why would someone want to drink margaritas in the middle of winter? Two reasons: One, what better time to remind yourself that summer will eventually come than with a fresh marg; two, margaritas are delicious.
With that in mind, here are four margaritas that actually showcase all four seasons, giving you an excuse to drink margaritas all year round!
Winter Margarita: Cinnamon Honey Pear
Cinnamon is one of the quintessential flavours of winter, we put it in our coffees, our baking and as a spice for hearty holiday dinners. So it makes perfect sense to use it in a margarita as well.
Ingredients (makes 4):
- 4 cups pear juice
- 4 oz blanco tequila
- 2 oz triple sec
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 rosemary sprig
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Method: Add all ingredients into a mixing jug and stir well. Refrigerate for at least one hour, allowing the flavours to mix together. Rim four margarita glasses with cinnamon sugar. Remove the rosemary sprig from the jug and pour equally into four servings.
Spring Margarita: Lavender Margarita
Spring is the season where all the flowers begin to bloom and we start to see warmer weather. So in that spirit, we can enjoy a spirit infused with lavender to give this cocktail a fresh and herbaceous finish.
- 2 oz blanco tequila
- 1 oz Cointreau
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1 oz lavender simple syrup*
- 1½ cups water
- 1½ cups sugar
- ¼ cup dried lavender buds
Bring water, sugar and lavender buds to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, steep for 10 minutes. Strain out lavender buds and store in an airtight container
Method: Add tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, lemon juice, and lavender simple syrup in cocktail shaker. Add ice until the shaker is half full. Shake well for 30 seconds. Strain into a margarita glass rimmed with sea salt.
Summer Margarita: Spicy Watermelon
The combination of fresh watermelon juice and jalapeños will have you, and your friends, coming back for seconds or even thirds!
- 2 oz fresh watermelon juice
- 1.5 oz blanco tequila
- 0.75 oz fresh lime juice
- 0.5 oz fresh orange juice
- 0.5 tsp simple syrup
- 1 thinly sliced jalapeño round
Method: Cut fresh watermelon cubes and put into a blender until smooth. Strain through a cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer to get clear watermelon juice. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add watermelon juice, tequila, lime juice, orange juice, simple syrup and top with a single jalapeño slice (more if you’re feeling extra spicy). Shake for 30 seconds to combine and strain into a margarita glass rimmed with a blend of equal parts salt and chili powder.
Fall Margarita: Blood Orange & Ginger
The rich colour of the blood oranges paired with a nice hit of ginger makes this a great recipe to but out in the cooler days of fall. Plus blood orange adds a unique element that you don’t normally get from the usual citrus fruits.
- 2 oz blanco tequila
- 2 oz fresh blood orange juice
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp fresh finely grated ginger
- 1.5 tsp simple syrup
Method: Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice. Add tequila, blood orange juice, lime juice, freshly grated ginger and simple syrup. Shake well and strain into a margarita glass. Garnish with sliced blood orange and mint.