We often get things wrong trying to celebrate them. In our well-meaning fervor to ensure everyone sees the wonderful qualities we wish to celebrate, we sometimes harm the thing itself. Such is the case with National Margarita Day. Or at least that part of National Margarita Day that invites people to climb on the Margarita/mariachi bandwagon and throw back some cheapo margaritas at Happy Hour. Don’t do it. Don’t be lured into a place with Chinese-made sombreros on the wall to drink a $2 margarita because it’s on special. Why? Because what you save in money you’ll pay for in other ways.
Here’s why. There are no good $2 margaritas. A margarita requires good tequila, fresh juice, a top shelf liqueur like Cointreau and a patient bartender with time to blend — or at least shake — your drink perfectly. Those things simply can’t be had for $2. What you’ll get is bad-to-mediocre tequila and sugary mixer that presages a rotten headache. Not to mention an overworked mixologist who devoutly wishes no one had ever thought up such a thing as National Tequila Day. If you want to celebrate National Tequila Day right, you have two choices. Go somewhere where they’re charging full price and always do. Or have some friends over and make the margaritas yourself, maybe with this recipe. Cheers.