Margaritas: Everything There is to Love

Cocktails,Drinks,Summer
April 28, 2014

Recipes, videos, festivals and music celebrating the preferred beverage of Cinco de Mayo—margaritas.

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Cinco de Mayo, though hardly a holiday in Mexico outside of the small city of Puebla, gets Americans thoroughly jazzed up. And with the thirst-quenching and always-a-good-time margarita being the signature sip, it’s no surprise why. To cull our own ravenous marg cravings and prove that this drink is in a category of its own, we combed the web and our Relish database to come up with a list of all the reasons why margaritas are the best—all of the time.

You Can Do Them Up in Every Which Way…

Last summer we got a little overzealous with our margarita adoration and got creative with grilled margaritas and strawberry margarita popsicles. Both are boozy and best served from your kitchen or patio on a warm day—preferably when it’s sunny enough to need sunscreen.

Because Bloggers Get Crazy Creative with Margarita Flavors…

Half Baked Harvest

Half Baked Harvest

Okay, so the above variation from Half Baked Harvest isn’t served in a glass, but Tieghan’s BBQ Margarita Chicken Tostadas with Sweet Jalapeno Margarita Salsa IS a mighty beautiful ode to margaritas’ finer points (tequila).

Here are some more blogger margarita recipes we are particularly taken with at the moment, some edible and others sippable. If you’re watching your waistline, our friends at Spry Living have a pretty fantastic roundup of Skinny Margaritas.

Edibles:

Boozy Margarita Lime Cake

Pastry Affair

Boozy Margarita Lime Cake by Pastry Affair

Margarita Salad by Edible Perspective

Mango Margarita Ice Cream by Sweet Life

Sippables:

rhubarb margarita

A Thousand Threads

Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas by 1000 Threads Blog

Spicy Strawberry Margaritas by The Effortless Chic

St. Germain Margarita by Freutcake

Cajun Margaritas by Tide and Thyme

Country Music Wouldn’t Be the Same Without a Little Tequila…

Jimmy Buffet

Vegas News

Beyond old dirt roads, pickup trucks and beautiful women, it’s hard not to notice another quite obvious trend in the country genre…you got it, margaritas. And a boatload of tequila. Here is just a mere sampling of margarita tunes—perfect for when you’re blending and mixing margaritas on the 5th.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off by Joe Nichols

Senorita Margarita Tim McGraw (So this tune is admittedly about a woman named Margarita, but we prefer to visualize the cocktail)

You and Tequila by Kenny Chesney

Jose Cuervo by Shelly West (ladies like tequila too)

Neither Would Movies…

From Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman dancing with midnight margaritas in Practical Magic to Pee Wee Herman’s celebratory dance to Tequlia in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, it’s quite evident that margaritas and their chief additive have aided some classic movie scenes.

Even Cool Mom from Mean Girls had margs at the ready…


People Will Come Out in Droves For Them…

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival

Margaritas love company—a fact made evident by the festival circuit. Festivals are popping up all across the country featuring tequila tastings, music and top eats from each respective community. For notable festivals this year, see the list below:

05/16/14 Nashville Scene Margarita Festival

05/24/14 Tampa Bay Margarita Festival

05/25/14 Dallas Margarita Meltdown

08/08-09/14 Mammoth Margarita Festival in Mammoth Lakes, CA

09/13-14/14 Avocado and Margarita Festival in Marro Bay California

10/05/14 Houston Margarita Fest

Need a little grub to go with that margarita you’re undoubtedly craving? See the articles and recipes below…

Tequila, tacos… and tiramisu? From coast to coast, Mexican cuisine is getting an over-the-top makeover, with south of the border-themed eateries cooking up some seriously innovative takes on the spicy staples we’ve come to love and devour. 

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we’ve tracked down 10 of the most inventive Mexican dishes you can eat today—from a taco full of sautéed grasshoppers to a bacon-wrapped hot dog (yes, really). Buen provecho!

—By Jennifer M. Wood

10 Best Mexican Dishes that are a Little Loco

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some innovative eating from restaurants across the country.

chicken-tinga

Mexican Menu for Dinner

Meet cookbook author Pati Jinich and make an authentic Mexican dinner for your family.

Smoky Dry Mole-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

Smoky Dry Mole-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

Smoke-grilling brings out the complexity of this exotic spice blend.

Baja Fish Tacos

Baja Fish Tacos

Hot beer-batter fried fish is cooled by crisp cabbage and a creamy cilantro-spiked sauce.

Shrimp Nachos

Nachos with Shrimp and Avocado Tomato Salsa

Perfect of gathering of all kinds, these nachos are a great pick-up snack.

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Perfect Cinco de Mayo Margaritas

Spend happy hour at home today with a flawless margarita

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