Happy National Margarita Day!

February 22 was National Margarita Day, y’all.

Now this is a holiday very near and dear to my heart because I have a margarita named after moi. Yup, I do. Not only do I have a boat named after me, Princess Rosebud, I’m lucky enough to have been the muse for a tasty margarita.

Our glasses look just like this.

Our glasses look just like this.

It’s called a “Rosarita”.

Get it? Rosebud and margarita all jumbled up together.

Here’s the recipe for my Rosarita, which is really just our version of a Cadillac Margarita.

I make them individually, but the recipe can certainly be increased to pitcher-sized amounts with the same ratios.

We like ours on the rocks. And we like them A LOT.

Ingredients:
Fresh limes, not lime juice
Jose Cuervo or any high quality tequila,
preferably one that’s 100% agave
Gran Marnier, oh yeah…

My tugboat man likes a little salt on the rim of the glass, but I don’t. Personal preference.

How to:
2 oz. tequila
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. Gran Marnier

Fill glass with ice. Mix tequila and lime juice, shake, and pour into glass.
Add the Gran Marnier as a floater on top. It adds all the sweetness necessary for a kick-ass drink! Enjoy one or two or three…but drink responsibly!

I’ve never tried this version but it looks amazing!

Passion Fruit Jalapeno Margarita

At MexiBBQ, a Barbecue-Mexican fusion restaurant in Astoria, Executive Chef Jonathan VanSleet has created this sweet and spicy version of a margarita.

1 ½ oz. 100% agave tequila
1 oz. passion fruit puree
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 slice jalapeno
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. cayenne pepper

Combine paprika, cinnamon, salt and cayenne pepper and put onto a flat plate. Wet the rim of a tall glass with a lime wedge. Coat the rim of the glass with the spice mix. Muddle the jalapeno slice and add the tequila, passion fruit puree, lime juice and ice. Shake and strain into the glass with fresh ice.