So it’s rainy and gross here in Atlanta (and snowy and gross in other parts of the country), and really that’s the perfect weather to celebrate National Margarita Day! I mean, you might not be on a tropical resort with a drink in hand, but there’s no reason why you can’t fill up your favorite glass with a cold beverage and pretend, right?
I’m going to let you in on a secret: despite having a fun time writing this post, I don’t really like margaritas. I prefer a glass of wine, really. On the rare occasion when I decide to indulge in a margarita (like today after work to celebrate this holiday, perhaps), I have to admit, I don’t know the difference between the different types that are offered on restaurant menus. Sure, I know that on the rocks is with ice and frozen is blended, but my knowledge of margaritas only goes that far. Texas margarita? What the heck is that?
So, for those of you who share my margarita naivety, I did a little research for you. A traditional margarita is comprised of three ingredients – tequila, triple sec and lime juice. Triple sec is used as the sweetener, but you could also use agave nectar, Cointreau or Grand Marnier. A lot of bartenders use sour mix as well. Salt is typically put around the rim of the glass. The contrast of the salt with the sweetness of the liquid enhances the flavor and the experience.
And a Texas Margarita? It has orange juice in it.