The Blood Orange Margarita at The Local House, Miami Beach.

The Blood Orange Margarita at The Local House, Miami Beach.

Happy National Tequila Day! Throwing back straight up tequila shots usually doesn’t end well for me (or my company). But mix that tequila into some tasty concoctions and I’m all over it. Besides, there’s nothing better than margaritas on the beach. To help you celebrate National Tequila Day (Friday, July 24th), here are 5 unique, mouth-watering cocktails. Your Friday just got a lot more exciting.

Blood Orange Margarita / The Local House, South Beach, FL
I had you at Blood Orange Margarita, didn’t I? Head to Miami Beach’s The Local House at the chic, boutique Sense Beach House Hotel for National Tequila Day and say cheers to finding this cocktail which combines Blood Orange Puree, Agave, a splash of Triple Sec, Fresh Lime and a couple ounces of your choice of tequila.

Chef’s Medicine / RED, the Steakhouse, Miami Beach, FL
Hit up RED, the Steakhouse for dinner tonight in the iconic ‘South of Fifth’ neighborhood of Miami Beach. At RED, the steaks (and sides) are always superb their expert mixologists are concocting handmade tequila creations for National Tequila Day. Be sure to order the zesty Chef’s Medicine cocktail which is blended with Don Julio 1942, Grand Marnier Cuvee 100, pineapple, fresh citrus and a cinnamon rim and was created by Red’s Chef Peter Vauthy himself. Or try the sweet Pineapple Margarita mixed with Corzo Silver Tequila, Cointreau, Agave Nectar, crushed pineapple, fresh cilantro, lime and orange juice. Actually, these two sound so good you should order both…but, please, do it with dinner. Your taste buds, and your company, can thank me later.

The Chef's Medicine at RED, The Steakhouse in Miami Beach.

The Chef’s Medicine at RED, The Steakhouse in Miami Beach.

Spicy Passion Fruit Margarita / Essensia, Miami Beach, FL
Essensia’s signature Spicy Passion Fruit Margarita combines sweet passionfruit and firey jalapeños. Need I say more? If you haven’t had a sweet and spicy cocktail yet (my personal fave), it’s time. Besides, they’re doing National Tequila Day the healthy way with a “conscious cocktail” with organic spirits, fresh fruits, and hand-picked herbs from the on-site Chef’s Garden. Zero guilt drinking? I’m in, Tequila Day or not.

The Passion Fruit Margarita at Essensia Hotel, Miami Beach.

The Spicy Passion Fruit Margarita at Essensia Restaurant & Lounge at The Palms Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach.

Lucky enough to be in Mexico today? Then, please, sip on these cocktails for me!

Secretos de la Familia / CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
Tequila lovers need to head for the border…the border of The CasaMagna Marriott in Puerto Vallarta. If anyone knows how to celebrate National Tequila Day, it’s the CasaMagna Resort & Spa which grows its own agave azul onsite, produces a propriety brand of tequila, offers 114 tequilas by the glass, has an in-house Tequila Sommelier, and conducts weekly “CasaMagna Secretos de la Familia” tasting classes so guests can increase their knowledge and appreciation of tequila. You’ll want to order their signature tequila mixed in the Margarita Magna – tequila cuervo gold, county, freshly squeezed lemon juice, mango & coconut cream. Slurp! Did you book your flight yet?

Tequila CasaMagna 2

Tequila, the CasaMagna way.

Sangrita / JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
Want something more authentic than the typical sugary margarita this National Tequila Day? Order the Sangrita at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa. Cleanse the palate and compliment all flavors involved with a shot of straight tequila and pair it with the sangrita, made with tomato juice, fresh lime, orange juice, and chili peppers. It’s not only tasty but saves hundreds of calories, leaving you with the same killer bikini body you arrived with. Can’t get yourself to Mexico today? JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa has been kind enough to help you celebrate at home by sharing their delicious Sangrita recipe with us!

Sangrita – Serves: 4

1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
2 ounces freshly squeezed tomato juice
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce grenadine
dash worcestershire sauce
dash of salt
dash of pepper
dash of Tabasco, or to taste

To prepare, mix all of the ingredients together in a container and let stand a few minutes; cooling is recommended.

Cheers to Happy National Tequila Day! As if we needed an excuse to drink tequila. Enjoy & drink responsibly!




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