Four Ways to Refine your Margarita

by Derrick Turner

Today is no ordinary day — it’s National Margarita Day! To celebrate, I’m going to be making four Margaritas using the same exact recipe, but I promise you that at the end, each one will taste completely different. How is this possible? The answer is all in how you dress the rim.
 
Before we get started, don’t forget about the Margarita itself, find the classic 1800® Margarita recipe here.
 

 

#1 Sour Sweetness

 

 
What you’ll need:
Salt
Sugar
Fresh Orange
 
Instructions:
First, mix equal parts sugar and salt in a flat plate. Rim your glass using a wedge of fresh cut orange — do this by by squeezing your fruit wedge around the rim of your glass, moistening the whole thing. Once moistened, dip the rim of your glass into the sugar-salt mixture. Fill your glass with ice then pour your margarita in and garnish with a fresh orange peel.
 

#2 Smoke & Fire

 

 
What you’ll need:
Liquid Smoke (can be found in the barbeque sauce section of most supermarkets)
Chili Powder
Dried Chili Pepper
 
Instructions:
Put the liquid smoke on one plate and the chili powder on another. Dip the rim of your glass into the liquid smoke first, moistening the whole rim of the glass. Then dip the wet rim of your glass into the chili powder. Fill your glass with ice then pour your margarita in and garnish with a dried chili pepper.
 

#3 The Cowboy

 

 
What you’ll need:
Cholula® Hot Sauce
Brown Sugar
A Lime
 
Instructions:
Put the Cholula Hot Sauce on one plate and brown sugar on another. Dip the rim of your glass into the Cholula Hot Sauce first. Once the rim of your glass is fully covered in sauce, dip the sauce covered rim into the brown sugar. Fill your glass with ice then pour your margarita in and garnish with a lime twist.
 

#4 Churro To-Go

 

 
What you’ll need:
Cinnamon
Sugar
Cocoa Powder
A Lime
Cinnamon Stick
 
Instructions:
First, mix equal parts cinnamon, sugar and cocoa powder together on a plate. Rim your glass using a fresh cut lime — do this by by squeezing your fruit wedge around the rim of your glass, moistening the whole thing. Once moistened, dip the rim of your glass into the cinnamon/sugar/cocoa powder mixture. Fill your glass with ice then pour your margarita in and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
 

What are you waiting for? Go grab your mixing tin and enjoy National Margarita Day, one drink at a time.

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