Update, 2/23: It’s over. Time to sober up and get back to work.

In honor of National Margarita Day today, I thought I’d post my favorite recipe for a delicious margarita:

Now that's what I'm talking about. Well, except the salt. Oh, and come to think of it, that lime wedge looks a little past its prime...
  • 1.5 ounces Hornitos tequila (this is the least expensive one that I like)
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • Juice of one lime
  • Pinch of extra-fine sugar
  • A kiss of orange juice

Put all ingredients in shaker with ice; shake. Strain into your favorite margarita glass (I don’t like salt on the rim, but you go ahead and do what you want – it’s your margarita, and I’m not here to judge). Add a slice of lime for fun and frivolity – it’s a holiday, after all.

There was a time, long ago, when the mere thought of imbibing anything tequila-based would turn my stomach. Thank goodness those days are over. Happy National Margarita Day!

Etymological Note:

There is no solid proof who “invented” the Margarita, but the most accepted story is that the Margarita was invented in October 1941, at Hussong’s Cantina in Ensenada, Mexico, by bartender Don Carlos Orozco. One afternoon, Don Carlos was experimenting with mixing new drinks when a prestigious visitor arrived: Margarita Henkel, the daughter of a German ambassador, who lived nearby. Don Carlos offered the drink to Margarita, and named it after her for being the first person to taste it.