Celebrate National Margarita Day

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Saturday, February 22 is National Margarita Day, which gives us all the perfect excuse to throw back one (or more) of these sour and salty libations. A few local spots will be commemorating the day, including Margaritaville Orlando, which will host Margaritaville University, a complimentary one-hour bartending class.  Head over to this CityWalk locale to get schooled from 3 to 4pm by Margaritaville bartenders on how to make up to three of their signature margaritas. Each guest will receive a diploma from Margaritaville University and a Great Margarita Toast will be held at 5 pm. There is no fee to attend this event.

Edible Orlando’s Katie Farmand will join a slew of other judges at Cocina 214’s Margarita Madness, including News 13’s Allison Walker, FOX35’s Lauren Johnson, Kaitlin McGavock, former bartender at The Courtesy and owner of Daughters & Co.,  and Travis Joiner, President of the Central Florida Bartender’s Guild. Beginning at 6:30 pm, judges will choose the winner from the many recipes submitted over the past month. The top three contestants selected from the entries submitted will go head-to-head, making their respective margarita recipes at the start of the celebration for judging. Complimentary samples of the competing margaritas will be offered from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, and will be sold at a discounted price throughout the night. There is no fee to attend this event.

Finally, Agave Azul will feature $5 Patron Margaritas, live music and Azul Margarita Jello Squares at this Mexican eatery on Kirkman Road.

DIY Margarita Day Celebration 
Plan an at-home fiesta with some Mexican chow and this atypical take on the classic margarita.

Elderflower Magarita Cocina 214Elderflower Margarita by Cocina 214

Ingredients
1 ounce Saint Germaine Liqueur
1 ounce El Tesoro tequila
4 Raspberries
½ ounce Agave nectar
½ ounce Grand Marnier
½ ounce of each Orange juice, Pineapple juice, Lime juice and Cranberry juice

Preparation
1. Muddle raspberries
2. Mix ingredients together with ice and shake
3. Pour into a chilled martini glass and serve up

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