It’s no secret that Americans love a classic Margarita. The tangy, tequila-based tipple boasts multiple origin stories (most commonly involving a bartender’s attempt to impress a lady), but the recipe gained notoriety after it was first published in a 1953 edition of Esquire magazine. Since then, its popularity has only continued to soar amongst legions of fervent fans across the globe. In fact, the cocktail is so admired, that February 22 has been officially declared National Margarita Day in the U.S.
While the relatively simple recipe calls for a mix of tequila, lime juice, agave nectar and salt, creative bartenders have long been putting their own spins on this traditional cocktail. Here are a few of the most inventive variations that you can order to celebrate Margarita Day (or, really, any day).
Spicy Pineapple Margarita
Laurel Tavern, Hermosa Beach, California
People love a hint of heat when it comes to their Margaritas. Created by Russ Neipp, the Spicy Pineapple Margarita (above) has quickly become the best-selling cocktail at both the Studio City and Hermosa Beach locations of Laurel Tavern. The zesty concoction is made with a jalapeno-infused tequila and mezcal mixture, which is sweetened with freshly squeezed lime, pineapple juice and just a touch of agave syrup. Chile peppers, lime and salt are also combined to create a spiced rim that helps gives this drink its signature kick.