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    The Best Margarita for National Margarita Day

    There's something about margaritas that make any time more festive. So at Isle Casino Hotel® Waterloo we're going all out in honor of National Margarita Day, February 22, by sharing some of our favorite margarita recipes.

    Classic Margarita
    You can't go wrong with a classic and while there may be many similar recipes, we found this one to be one of the best among all the classic margarita recipes. Whatever recipe you choose to follow, be sure to skip the overly sweet pre-made margarita mix — it's just not good.

    For the drink, wipe a wedge of lime around a tumbler's rim then dip into salt for a nicely salted rim. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add: 1 ounce of fresh lime juice (not the bottled stuff!), 1 ounce of triple sec, and 2 ounces of white tequila. Shake to combine. Add ice to your salted rim tumbler, then strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass. Enjoy!

    Mango Margarita
    If you're searching among margarita recipes for a refreshing yet slightly sweet version, look no further than the Mango Margarita.

    For the rim, mix 1 teaspoon of each: salt and chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon of both caster sugar and cayenne pepper. Rub a wedge of lime around the tumbler's rim, then dip into the mix.

    For the cocktail, fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 1.5 ounces of each: tequila reposado, mango purée and fresh lime juice. Shake well and strain into the tumbler. Drink right away while it's very cold for pure refreshment.

    Avocado Margarita
    Among the many margarita recipes we looked through, the Avocado Margarita was one of the more unique and surprisingly tasty versions.

    Remove the flesh from one large ripe avocado and muddle it with 1.5 ounces of agave nectar. Push the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to keep the color bright green.

    Next, in a cocktail shaker with ice add 2 ounces tequila reposado, 1 ounce lime juice, 1/2 ounce triple sec and 2 generous tablespoons of the avocado purée. Shake very well to combine. Strain into a coupe glass, then garnish with a lime wedge and pinch of flaky sea salt.

    Sunburned Strawberry Margarita
    Adding some heat to a classic strawberry margarita is a great way to revitalize your cocktail repertoire. Try this Sunburned Strawberry Margarita at your next party!

    You'll need to make a strawberry syrup, which can be used for other strawberry-based margarita recipes. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together four cups of hulled and halved strawberries, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water. Stir frequently until just boiling, then remove from heat, cover, and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain into a bowl through a fine mesh sieve. The syrup will be in the bowl and the contents in the sieve get puréed into strawberry purée (add some of the purée to lemonade for a non-alcoholic beverage!).

    For the margarita, muddle two jalapeño slices in a cocktail shaker. Add 2 ounces tequila, 1 ounce of each: strawberry purée and lime juice and 1/2 ounce strawberry syrup. Shake then strain into a glass. Garnish with strawberry and jalapeño slices.

    Fresh Grapefruit Pomegranate Margarita
    Rounding out our list of the best margarita recipes is a tart version that's great for holidays – the Fresh Grapefruit Pomegranate Margarita. Begin with a serving of the Classic Margarita (see above). After shaking, instead of straining into a rimmed glass, pour into a blender with 1/2 a grapefruit and 1 cup of ice. Be sure to remove any seeds and as much of the fruit's pith as you can to avoid the drink from ending up too bitter. Blend slowly at first to break up the grapefruit, then turn on high to combine.

    Pour the drink into a sugar rimmed glass, then add a splash of pomegranate juice on top. Garnish with a few pomegranate seeds or a grapefruit segment.

    If you'd rather have someone else build your margaritas, stop by Otis and Henry's® to sip on one of our creations like the Grand Orange Margarita. What a refreshing way to celebrate National Margarita Day!
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