Tides Beachside Bar & Grill at the Islander Resort’s “Islander Margarita” - Don Julio Silver tequila chilled, with Cointreau, house-made margarita mix, salt rim, and garnished with a lime and orange wedge. Best enjoyed on a lounge chair, facing the ocean. TIFFANY DUONG/Keys Weekly

Saturday, Feb. 22, is National Margarita Day, and so we at the Weekly wanted to make sure you knew of the best spots in town to enjoy one of these classic cocktails. Hard job, we know!

A classic margarita is tequila, orange liqueur (triple sec) and lime juice. You can serve it with a salt or sugar rim. Traditionally served in a margarita glass, it can be shaken with ice, on the rocks, blended with ice, frozen margarita, or without ice (straight up). 

While different liqueurs, fruits, juices and ingredients modernize the recipe, the classic margarita will never go out of style. It’s the most popular tequila-based cocktail in the United States, and we hope you find a way to enjoy one of these juicy concoctions on Saturday!

Square Grouper’s “Jalapeño Watermelon Margarita” – Start with a base of Don Julio Blanco tequila, add fresh watermelon juice and jalapeño for a sweet-spicy refresher. CONTRIBUTED
Snook’s Bayside Restaurant & Grand Tiki Bar’s “Spicy Cucumber-Jalapeño Margarita” – Tanteo jalapeño tequila, triple sec, diced cucumber and jalapeño on the rocks. Add a sunset and you’re set. CONTRIBUTED
Hungry Tarpon at Robbie’s of Islamorada’s “Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita” – Adding a new twist to the classic margarita, Robbie’s adds fresh cucumber and jalapeño. TIFFANY DUONG/Keys Weekly
Puerto Vallarta’s “Classic Margarita” – We couldn’t list the best margaritas in town without including at least one classic margarita. Served in a generous glass with a salt rim, it’s tart, refreshing and strong. Garnished with lime, orange and cherry. TIFFANY DUONG/Keys Weekly

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