Mexico The Velas Vallarta cucumber & habanero chile margarita.

Published on February 21st, 2017 | by Mark Chesnut

The Velas Vallarta cucumber & habanero chile margarita.

5 Cocktail Recipes to Celebrate National Margarita Day

In case you didn’t know, February 22 is National Margarita Day.

But you don’t need to be in Mexico to celebrate, since the upscale beach hotel brand Velas Resorts is sharing some of its tastiest specialty margaritas.

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While the cocktail was invented in Mexico in 1937 consisting only of triple sec, tequila and lime or lemon juice, Velas Resorts has several variations, including Smoky Guajillo rimmed with chappuline (grasshopper) salt, Red Fruit, Cilantro, and even one made with Xtabentun Mayan liquor.

To celebrate this ode to Mexico’s most famous cocktail, Velas Resorts in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit have gathered a margarita recipe from each of its locations for anyone who’s in the mood to enjoy at home. ¡Salud!

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Cilantro Margarita at Casa Velas
1.5 oz      Tequila
1 oz          Triple Sec or Cointreau
3 oz          Lime or Lemon Zest
1 T          Cilantro, minced

Smoky Guajillo Rita – Grand Velas Los Cabos
1.5 oz     Smoked white tequila
½ oz       Triple Sec or Cointreau
3             Grapefruit slices
½ oz       Sprig of rosemary
½ oz       Yellow lemon juice
½ oz       Simple syrup infused w/ Guajillo chili
1 tsp       chappuline salt (grasshoppers roasted with chili, salt and lime and ground)

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Margarita Maya – Grand Velas Riviera Maya
1.5 oz     Tequila
½ oz       Triple Sec or Cointreau
½ oz       Xtabentun
½ oz       Lemon juice
1/3 oz     Simple syrup

Cucumber & Habanero Chili Margarita – Velas Vallarta
2 oz         Tequila
1 oz         Cointreau
½ oz        Simple syrup
½             Cucumber
½             Habanero Chili
2 T           lime juice

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Traditional Margarita at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
1.5 oz     Tequila
1 oz        Triple Sec or Cointreau
1 oz          Lemon juice
Dash       Salt

Place three to four ice cubes in a cocktail shaker along with recipe ingredients. Blend or shake until frosty. Rim the glass with lime and salt. Top with the margarita mixture and decorate with a slice of lime and a short straw.

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