5 Recipes That Prove Why National Margarita Day (Feb. 22) Is Booze’s Best Holiday

 

As well-loved as the margarita is, it seems only right that National Margarita Day is a real life celebration. Although your traditional margarita is a simple combination of tequila, lime, and triple sec, hundreds of variations have emerged over the years. If you really want to make the most out of National Margarita Day, try indulging in a unique twist on the classic marg with one of these cocktails. 

The Late Night Lychee (Serves 8)

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups Sauza® Signature Blue Silver
1/2 cup lychee-infused simple syrup
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
15-20 sprigs of cilantro
8 jalapeño slices
Lychee garnish

DIRECTIONS

Add ingredients to an ice-filled pitcher and stir. Pour over ice into salt-rimmed margarita glasses. Garnish with lychee and cilantro.

Smoked Pear Margarita (Created by Charlotte Voisey)

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Milagro Silver
¾ oz. Montelobos Mezcal
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
¾ oz. Agave Nectar
½ Fresh Pear Juice (muddle from ripe fruit)
2 Dashes Apple Bitters

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients and shake well. Garnish with a dehydrated pear slice and a sprinkle of sea salt.

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5 Valentine’s Day Cocktails Sweet Enough For Any Celebration

 

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Is it just me or did Valentine’s Day all of a sudden become a major party holiday? You’ve got your Galentine’s get-togethers and V-Day themed house parties. Personally, I love it. I mean, I love any excuse for a party, so turn up for Cupid. 

With so many fun happenings, Valentine’s Day serves as a perfect time to break out those awesome, themed cocktails. If you’re at a loss when it comes to ideas for your V-Day sips, I’ve compiled a list of five cocktails that are perfect for any V-Day celebration. Cheers!

Honey Berry Cosmo (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

0.75 oz Chambord® Liqueur
1.25 oz Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee Honey
1.5 oz Cranberry Juice
1 Splash Lemon Juice
1 Lemon Twist (Garnish)

DIRECTIONS

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

the-sparkling-roseSparkling Rose – (Created by Milagro Tequila Brand Ambassador, Jaime Salas)

INGREDIENTS

1.5 parts Milagro Silver
0.25 part Simple Syrup
0.5 part Fresh Lemon Juice
0.75 part Watermelon Juice
2 parts Rosé Sparkling Wine
Garnish: 1 Lemon Twist

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients, except sparkling wine, in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake, strain and pour into a champagne flute. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Fed Up With Winter? This “Take Me To The Tropics Martini” Is Your Escape

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“I need a vacation,” said everyone across America. The holidays are over. It’s cold. And Netflix needs to step its game up. Suffice it to say that people are about fed up this time of year. While it would be great to jet over to the tropics for a week or so of fun in the sun, not everyone’s that lucky. Well, what’s the second best option to a week in paradise? Booze! Specifically the “Take Me To The Tropics Martini,” I created in the Lushworthy Lab.

The “Take Me To The Tropics Martini” is tart, fruity bliss, thanks to a combination of Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, Campari, and fresh lime juice. To bring down all that tartness, I added a bit of honey. Simple syrup can also be used instead. 

Check out the full recipe below, and I’ll see you in paradise. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka
0.5 oz. Campari
0.5 tbsp. Fresh Lime Juice
0.5 tbsp. Honey

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

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The “Honey-Lime Margarita” Is The Easy-To-Make Cocktail You Need In 2017

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When it comes to making cocktails at home, I tend to get a little lazy. I’m all for grabbing a ready-to-serve cocktail or a pre-made cocktail mixer at the grocery store. All major Lushworthy fouls, I know. So, over the holidays I was set on creating a cocktail that’s super easy and quick to make, and also serves as a drink my friends and fam would love.

After a little experimenting, I created the Honey-Lime Margarita. This particular cocktail only calls for three ingredients: Dulce Vida Lime Tequila, honey, and fresh lime juice. And if you already have your fresh lime juice on hand, the Honey-Lime Margarita can be made in only a handful of minutes. Check out the recipe, below. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Dulce Vida Lime Tequila
1 oz. Honey
2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a margarita glass. Garnish with lime wedge. Enjoy!

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3 Decadent Cocktails Way Better Than Holiday Dessert

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Apple pie? Love it. Cheesecake? Please hand me two slices. With the exception of fruit cake, I absolutely love a good dessert, especially during the holidays. But if your dessert table is in need of revamping this holiday season, try incorporating a few dessert cocktails. You can up the ante on your standard, boozy hot chocolate with Zacapa’s Peppermint Rum Cocoa or indulge in Smirnoff’s deliciously decadent Gingerbread Martini.

You can find recipes for both the Peppermint Rum Cocoa and Gingerbread Martini, below. Cheers!

Gingerbread Martini (2 Servings)

INGREDIENTS

3 oz Smirnoff Vodka
3 oz Irish cream
2 tbsp gingerbread syrup (or to taste)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 oz cream
Whipped Cream & Crushed Gingerbread cookies for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Combine Smirnoff, Irish cream, gingerbread syrup, vanilla extract, and cream in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into martini glass. Garnish with crushed gingerbread cookies and whipped cream.

peppermint-vodka-chocolate-martini-largeChocolate Peppermint Martini (2 Servings)

INGREDIENTS

3 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka
2 oz crème de cacao
1 oz chocolate liquor
2 oz cream chocolate sauce
Crushed peppermint

DIRECTIONS

Combine Smirnoff, crème de cacao, cream chocolate sauce, and chocolate liquor in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into martini glass. Garnish with crushed peppermint or peppermint stick.

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Forget The OJ: Mimosa Alternatives Perfect For Your Holiday Brunch

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Tis’ the season to let the mimosas chill for a bit. Don’t get me wrong, mimosas are great. But for me, they aren’t very indicative of the holiday season. Instead of serving up your standard mimosas during your holiday brunch, why not switch things up this year?

Not ready to ditch the bubbly just yet? The “Absolut Shining Star” is pretty similar to the mimosa, but instead of OJ and prosecco, it calls for cranberry cordial, sparkling wine, and vodka. For another brunch-friendly option, there’s “The 8th Day” cocktail from Havana Club. A decadent combination of Havana Club, chai tea, and coconut milk, “The 8th Day” is a boozy must for the holidays.

Check out recipes for both cocktails and more, below. Cheers!

The 8th Day (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ parts HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico
3 parts Chai Tea
1 ¾ parts coconut milk
1 part simple syrup or 1tbs white sugar

DIRECTIONS

Hot: Prepare Chai Tea. While the tea steeps, warm coconut milk over medium heat, do not boil. Combine ingredients in a high temperature resistant mixing glass, adding rum last and stir. Serve in an Irish Coffee Cup or preferred glass coffee cup, and garnish with a cinnamon stick

absolut-shining-starAbsolut Shining Star

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 parts Absolut Elektrik
1/2 part Cranberry Cordial
3 parts Sparkling Wine

DIRECTIONS

Add Absolut and champagne. Gently pour cranberry cordial into glass so it sinks to the bottom of the flute. Garnish with clove studded orange twist (cut orange twist and insert whole clove into orange twist.

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