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National Margarita Day!

National Margarita Day!
Jennifer Gillespie

International pursuits are a shared love of Diamond PR ladies. We love international travels, international cultures, international food… and international alcohol. Especially good tequila. So today, we’re celebrating National Margarita Day by sharing a few of our favorite margarita recipes you can make at home or sip at these local spots. Cheers!

“Margarita de la Casa” at Lolo’s Surf Cantina within Marriott Stanton South Beach (Miami Beach, Fla.)
Marriott Stanton South Beach’s new authentic Mexican restaurant, Lolo’s Surf Cantina by Chef/Partner Richard Ampudia, has quickly become a local hot spot thanks to its authentic, fresh bites inspired by Baja California and a tasty cocktail list featuring margaritas and micheladas by the renowned Mexico City mixologist José Luis Leon. Plus, its proximity to the South of Fifth beach just steps away makes it a perfect place to enjoy sunny days. The “Margarita de la Casa” perfects the art of a simple margarita featuring El Jimador Silver Tequila hand shaken with freshly squeezed lime juice, sweet agave nectar and Luxardo Triple Sec, served over ice in a sea salt rimmed mason jar. You can also add a flavor selecting from guava, blood orange, mango or passion fruit.

Recipe:
1.5oz El Jimador Silver Tequila
0.25oz  Luxardo Triple Sec
0.25oz agave nectar
0.75oz lime juice

Rim the glass with salt. Place all ingredients in the shaker, Shake! Serve over ice.

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“Pineapple Margarita” at Red, the Steakhouse (Miami Beach, Fla.)
Consistently ranked as the top steakhouse in Miami, Red, the Steakhouse knows good steak… and good tequila. Red’s Pineapple Margarita recipe will cure sweet tooth tequila cravings this National Margarita Day, complete with Don Julio Blanco, fresh pineapple juice, simple syrup, fresh lime, a splash of OJ and cilantro leaf accents — all shaken to perfection. Those visiting the restaurant for the margarita holiday are in good hands, as Red is located in the chic South of Fifth district of South Beach and within walking distance of Miami’s hottest nightclubs and bars. Perfect for margarita connoisseurs who want to keep the party going all night long. 

Recipe:
1.5oz Don Julio Blanco
2oz fresh pineapple juice
1 fresh lime
1 full simple syrup squeeze
4-5 cilantro leaves
Splash of OJ

Method:
Mix all ingredients over ice and shake well – make sure to shake well enough to break up all cilantro – pour into glass and serve.

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Hot & Bothered Margarita at Essensia Restaurant (Miami Beach, Fla). 
At Essensia Restaurant & Lounge, the seasonal, farm-to-table Miami Beach mainstay located inside The Palms Hotel & Spa, Signature Chef Julie Frans just released her Spring menu this February, and with it, a new cocktail menu featuring “conscious cocktails” — each made with fresh herbs or seasonal fruit, and organic or craft spirits. As a stand-out on the new cocktail list, the “Hot & Bothered” margarita is the perfect libation to celebrate National Margarita Day with a fresh Miami kick. Hand-crafted with Cimarrón tequila, Solerno Blood Orange liqueur, and fresh guava and lime juices, the cocktail offers a hint of Sriracha instead of chiles for some spice. Best enjoyed on the Essensia terrace paired with Chef Frans’ unique-to-Miami dishes! 

Recipe: 
Ingredients:
2 oz Cimarrón  tequila
0.5 oz Solerno blood orange liqueur
0.5 oz guava juice 
0.5 oz lime juice
⅛ teaspoon sriracha

Method: 
Prepare glass with lime wedge rubbed over full rim, half himalayan salt rim and built with kold-draft ice. Discard lime wedge. Then in a boston shaker, add all ingredients, add ice, shake, and pour over ice. Garnish with flamed lime swath.

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“HomeGrown Margarita” featuring Florida Kush
Florida Kush is South Florida’s only local, completely handcrafted, 100% Blue Agave Spirit on the market right now — it’s a product that is truly changing the landscape of Agave Spirits. For all intents and purposes, Florida Kush is a tequila, however, the distillation process is a bit different than that of traditional tequila as it is made in Florida — thus making it an agave spirit as opposed to tequila. The brand distills from a 100% organic blue agave nectar that is imported from Jalisco to Ft. Lauderdale. The result is a spirit with superb aeromatics and a super smooth, slightly earthy, citrusy taste. Today, we are featuring the brand’s signature “HomeGrown Margarita,” a cocktail which recently won first place in the Ft Lauderdale Margarita Festival. Kush is currently served in Miami Beach local hot spots like Purdy Lounge, Bay Club, Basement, The Confidante, and Bleau Bar… and it’s always stocked in my home bar. Here’s a list of all locations where you can sip it.

Recipe: 
2 oz Florida Kush
1/2 oz South Beach Syrup Organic Agave Nectar
1 oz Fresh Guava Juice
3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
4-5 Homegrown spearmint leaves

Method: 
1) place 4-5 mint leaves in cocktail shaker
2) add 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
3) add 1/2 oz SBS agave nectar
4) add 1 oz fresh guava juice
5) add 2 oz Florida Kush
5) add ice to shaker and shake vigoruously for 10 – 12 seconds
6) strain into rocks glass over fresh ice
7) garnish with lime wedge

Homegrown Margarita

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