Everyone has their go-to cocktail, whether you fancy a Cosmopolitan like Carrie Bradshaw, a Vodka Martini like James Bond or a Flaming Moe like Homer Simpson. For many, their favorite drink is a Margarita—as it's both refreshing and delicious. And despite generally being associated with the summer time, February 22nd is National Margarita Day.
The Margarita we know and love was first created in 1938 in Mexico and was made as a Tequila substitute to the popular Brandy Daisy cocktail. The Margarita soon eclipsed the Daisy during prohibition, as tequila became more accessible. This cocktail typically consists of three ingredients: tequila, triple sec (orange liqueur) and lime juice. It is often dressed with salt on the rim, as well as a lime wedge for garnish. Depending on your preference, Margaritas can be made straight up (without ice), on the rocks (with ice) or frozen (blended with ice). Many bartenders put creative spins on this classic drink, adding tropical fruit flavors or kicking up the heat with ancho chile powder and jalapenos. Like other popular cocktails, such as Martinis or Old Fashioneds, the Margarita earned its own glass, which models the traits of the Champagne coupe. However, it's often sold in a standard cocktail or Old Fashioned glass.
The Margarita is so beloved, it's impacted popular culture in a big way. In 1977, singer Jimmy Buffett released the song "Margaritaville," which was inspired by the drink's popularity in Key West, Florida. Margaritas have also infiltrated the tattoo world, inspiring a number of collectors and artists. In honor of National Margarita Day, we've collected some of our favorite Margarita tattoos and it's time you said "Salud!" to the delicious tattoos.