By KD Angle-Traegner, Founder & Editor

At any given time you can look on a calendar and find a National holiday of some kind, it’s a little hard to keep up. For instance, did you know that February 22nd is National Margarita Day? That’s today! I didn’t know a thing about it until I saw this Grilled Lime and Smoked Salt Margarita on Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen. Once I did I knew I had to make a margarita and share it with you. Margarita’s are my jam. They are my cocktail of choice and while I don’t make them all the time, when I do, I go all-out.

Since deciding to do this post was a bit spontaneous, I didn’t shop for margarita ingredients beforehand. I had to use what was readily available to me in my pantry. Nosing around I found a bottle of Avión Silver Tequila and Avión Reposado Tequlia– both perfect for making a margarita. I also discovered a bottle of organic light agave syrup, which is the perfect compliment to the tequlia. Next I went looking for limes but I came up empty-handed. It started to look as if no margaritas were to be had but then I stumbled upon a bag of clementines and two lemons. Success! I could work with these ingredients.

My favorite margaritas have three ingredients: tequila, agave, and lime juice. I haven’t tried to make a margarita from a clementine before, but I figured it would be somewhat similar. I juiced up the oranges and the lemons, added a bit of agave to sweeten the sour, and dumped some tequila in it. I played around with the ratio of tequila to juice and think I’ve hit upon the perfect mix. Then again, I started “testing” ratios this afternoon in my sun-filled kitchen on an empty stomach so it’s really anyone’s guess if I wrote down the recipe right ;)

Just kidding. This cocktail was yummy. I may or may not have texted my wife to tell her that my job was better than her job along with a snapshot of my mostly gone margarita. I’m sure she thought it was as funny as I did.

I don’t care for salt on my margarita thank-you-very-much, but sometimes I do like sugar. I thought that a little salted sugar would go good with the lemon/orange combo and so I mixed up a little pink himalayan salt and sugar mix to rim the glasses. I used a 3 to 1 ratio of sugar to salt but you can change it up based on your preferences. Now, let’s mix up a margarita!

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Pink Salted Citrus Margaritas
A delicious citrus twist on a traditional margarita
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Ingredients
  1. 5 clementine oranges
  2. 2 lemons
  3. 2 tablespoons (light) agave syrup
  4. 2 ounces (or more) 100% agave Silver or Reposado tequila
  5. Pink salt & Sugar to rim the glass (optional)
Instructions
  1. Juice the lemons and clementine oranges together. Add agave and tequila. Stir to combine. Dump over ice and enjoy!
Notes
  1. To rim the glass: Mix 3 parts sugar with 1 part pink himalayan salt together in a shallow bowl. Dip glass in a little bit of juice and dip into sugar/salt mixture.
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