International Margarita Day | Enjoy your tequila with citrusy sweetness & a side of freshness

Margarita cocktail. Photo: Shutterstock/galsand

What is your beverage of choice? Are you a classic lover who'd stick to plain ice, sparkling water or simple juice to go with your hard liquor? Or someone with the palate of a connoisseur who would rather opt for a burst of flavours that compliment your drink? If you are the second kind, the drink margarita might probably holds a special place in your heart.

This classy sweet and sour tequila cocktail has found its fame through movies and TV references. However, the origin story of this hearty drink is still a subject of dispute with the recipe was attributed to several bar owners and mixologists from 1930s to 1942. The place of origin is also contented with some cocktail historians claim it is from California while most others terms it has Mexican roots. Whatever the story is, one thing is for sure – margarita sure holds the crown among tequila cocktails. It would taste like molten passion with a side of freshness.

Despite its high social standing and rich history, margarita is as humble as a cocktail can get. It's just tequila, Triple Sec and lime juice. All mixed to perfection and served in an upturned sombrero glass rimmed with salt. According to data from CGA by NielsenIQ’s cocktail tracker, Margarita has been the most popular cocktail in the US so far in 2023. The calls it the most ordered cocktail in the world.

Bars across the world are celebrating the International Margarita Day on February 22 and we are joining the bandwagon by delivering you some amazing margarita recipes – from classic to complex.

Classic margarita


45 ml tequila

15 ml orange liqueur, such as triple sec, Cointreau, or Grand-Marnier

15 ml freshly squeezed lime juice


Lime slice

Classic margarita. Photo: iStock/pilipphoto


Rub the rim of the glass with a lime slice

Spread salt in a plate and drip the rim of the glass in it

Pour the rest of the ingredients into a shaker

Shake well

Strain ingredients into the prepared glass over fresh ice

Garnish it with lime wedges or lime jelly

The following are a variety of special Margarita recipes by The St. Regis Goa Resort via IANSlife.

N.B. The method of preparation remains the same for all recipes. The ingredients aare shaken and then strained to the glass

Grilled tomato margarita

30ml tomato and jalapeno shrub

15ml freshly squeezed lime juice

60ml tequila

Tomato leather for garnish

Celebrate World Margarita Day.(photo:IANSLIFE)
Grilled tomato margarita. Photo: IANS

Pina Rita

30ml pineapple lemongrass shrub

12ml citrus solution

60ml tequila

Dehydrated pineapple for garnish

Pina Rita. Photo: Shutterstock/Oksana Mizina

El Pomelo

20ml grapefruit juice

10ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

60ml tequila - 60ml

Garnish with a rim of citrus peel powder and candied grapefruit

Grapefruit maragarita. Photo: Shutterstock/Pixel-Shot
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