National Margarita Day: Five Recipes to Try at Home

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We're not breaking any news here, but South Florida is freaking hot.

Sure, we get a few cold fronts from time to time, but it's mid-February, and it's bright, sunny, and, frankly, a bit humid.

When it comes to refreshing alcoholic beverages, few concoctions compete with the margarita -- mojitos aside, it's like the unofficial drink of South Florida.

While it doesn't make sense throughout the rest of the country, tomorrow is national margarita day (we're assuming it's used as a mental means for escape from the cruel winter days).

How you choose to celebrate is totally on you: If you want to go out and score some deals, we have a handy guide or you can stay at home and mix those babies your own way.

For that, we have five margarita recipes for you to try on National Margarita Day.

See Also: Tomorrow is National Margarita Day: Five Places to Drink the Day Away

Spicy Lover

Kapow! Noodle Bar's version of a skinny margarita

Two cucumber slices

Bunch of cilantro

One ounce agave

One ounce lime

1 1/2 ounce Partida Reposado

1 drop green pepper

Step One: Muddle cucumber, cilantro, and agave in a cocktail mixer.

Step Two: Add the rest of the ingredients and shake well and strain into martini glass.

Step Three: Slap a piece of cilantro between your hand to release the oils and place on a cucumber and float on top.

Rocco's Tacos Margarita

Rocco's signature margarita

2.5 ounce Milagro Silver Tequila

1.5 ounce triple sec

Four ounce fresh sour mix

Step One: Salt the rim of a margarita glass.

Step Two: Combine all the ingredients with ice in shaker.

Step Three: Strain, and pour over fresh ice.

Step Four: Garnish with a lime.

The Milagro Blood Orange Margarita

1 ½ parts Milagro Silver Tequila

¾ parts Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur

One part Fresh Lime Juice

¾ part Agave Nectar

Step One: Pour all ingredients in a Boston Shaker with ice.

Step Two: Shake and strain over fresh ice in a salt-rimmed rocks glass.

Step Three: Garnish with orange and lime wheels.

Ghost Flower Margarita

Cantina Laredo's special Halloween recipe

1.5 ounces 1800 Silver Tequila

Half ounce Cointreau

1.5 ounces hibiscus syrup

1.5 ounces Margarita mix (non-alcoholic)

Step One: Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain over fresh ice in a sugar-rimmed glass.

Step Two: Lay lime wheel on top of drink, then top with a candied Hibiscus flower.

Spiced Mango Passion Margarita

One of Uncle Julio's specialty margaritas

1 1/2 ounces 1800 Reposado Tequila

One ounce mango passion puree (recipe below)

Half ounce fresh lime juice with fresh cilantro

One jalapeño sliver

chili powder

Step One: Combine the tequila, mango passion puree, and lime cilantro mixture in a cocktail shaker over ice.

Step Two: Dip the rim of the glass in lime juice, lightly dip into the chili powder, and add fresh ice.

Step Three: Shake the combined margarita mixture vigorously and pour into the glass.

Step Four: Garnish with the jalapeño sliver.

Mango Passion Fruit Puree

1 large ripe mango, diced (if you're using a smaller varietal use two)

1 cup passion fruit nectar

Combine both ingredients in a blender, puree until smooth, and strain.

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