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Celebrate National Margarita Day with a cocktail created by Lilliana Vasquez

We may still be feeling winter’s chill but if you’re anything like us, you’re ready to say “adios” to icy sidewalks and cable knit sweaters and welcome spring’s sunshine with open arms. With the first day of spring just around the corner, what better way to get in the spirit of the season than to celebrate a holiday dedicated to everyone’s favorite drink: National Margarita Day!According to Nielsen, the margarita is America’s most popular cocktail1, and Tequila Don Julio has a new recipe that’s perfect for you to serve, sip, and savor this February 22nd.

To help chase the chill away, TODAY Style Squad member and blogger Lilliana Vasques has created the Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita. A mix of Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh watermelon and lime juice, and jalapeño simple syrup, this spicy pink cocktail is sure to help melt those winter blues.

 

Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita

Created by Lilliana Vasquez

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco

4 oz Fresh Watermelon Juice

3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice

1 tsp Jalapeño Simple Syrup* (or add to taste)

1 Thinly Sliced Jalapeño

Chili Lime Salt and Lime Wheel for Garnish

 

*Jalapeño Simple Syrup

Ingredients:

1 cup Sugar

            1 cup Water

            1 Jalapeño (slice lengthwise and remove half of the seeds and veins)

 

       Preparation:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. Add jalapeño slices and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Remove saucepan from heat. Cover and allow jalapeños to steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain contents and let cool.

 

Preparation:

  1. Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh watermelon juice, fresh lime juice, jalapeño simple syrup and a jalapeño slice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.
  2. Strain contents into a rocks glass with fresh ice and chili lime salt rim.
  3. Garnish with lime wheel.

 

Ideal Serving Glass: Rocks Glass