It’s no secret that I adore a good margarita. Apparently I’m in good company, because February 22 is actually National Margarita Day— no joke! I wouldn’t make this up. So today I’m working with VEEV to discuss how to customize your Margarita like the pro’s do.
I’ve mentioned on multiple occasions the fact that I’ve spent my formative years as a bartender (and the years before that as a waitress), so I feel confident to give y’all advice on how the pro’s get it done.
We’re not talking about who to make the actual margarita, I’ve left that up to Vita Frute by VEEV, the only company I’ve ever known to make certified USDA organic ready-to-drink cocktails.
Their Margarita blend is made of tequila, lemon and lime juice and agave nectar. We’ve tried many of their products and my husband and I are big fans. And trust me, I have tried a LOT of Margarita mixes in my day.
But in honor of this beloved National Margarita Day, I wanted to share with y’all a few ways that you can personalize your drink, even without a degree in mixology.
This is a simple one. You think of a Margarita and you think lime wedge and salted rim, right? But why stop there?
Garnishing beverages is much like garnishing a great meal. You want to incorporate flavors that are found within the glass and highlight them.
For some this means salt and a wedge of lime, but why not try to bring out the orange undertones and throw in a couple orange wedges? Maybe a little lemon if you like your drinks with a bit of extra tang?
Control the Temperature
It sounds finicky, but there’s a few different ways to cool your beverage. The James Bond line is a bit of a cliche, but when he says “shaken, not stirred” there’s a good reason why. One of the first rules of bartending is that ice is one of the ingredients that plays into making the perfect drink.
When mixing, always fill your glass with ice first then pour the mixer over the cubes.
- Shaking your drinks will break up the ice and add little ice crystals to your drink. This is my preferred way to make almost every cocktail. I actually shake them up a lot– try and do it for a solid 10 seconds and see if you can tell the difference
- Stirring means literally means using a cocktail straw or a spoon to stir your drink. This is a good way to make martini’s or other beverages where you want to preserve the integrity of the liquor.
- Blending means putting all of the ingredients into the blender, like a slushy!
Have fun with fruit
You know, making a Strawberry Margarita is as simple as muddling (aka: smooshing) strawberries, adding some ice and shaking with the VitaFrute Margarita mix. You can do the same thing with blackberries, raspberries or blueberries.
When it comes to mixing up the flavors keep it simple and think: easy and organic. You don’t need to get crazy complicated, you just need to have fun with it! I promise none of your house guests will mind if you invite them over on Sunday for a Margarita tasting party to help you discover what your favorite combinations are.