The rest of the county is like San Antonio in one way: Americans, no matter where they’re from, want a margarita when they go out to dinner.
That’s accord to Restaurant Hospitality, which reports that, in the past three months, tequila was the most popular drink base for folks when eating out.
That’s why so many people are looking forward to Feb. 22, National Margarita Day. According to pollsters at National Today, here are a few facts about about this tangy cocktail and people’s preferences. According to a survey of 1,000 Americans, conducted Jan. 29,
–1 in 50 Americans own a margarita machine. That’s right: 2 percent of Americans own an electric margarita maker.
–19 percent of Americans say they love margaritas, while only 10 percent are not fans of the citrus-y cocktail.
–Margaritas are more popular with women than men: 20 percent of women say they love margaritas, compared to 15 percent of men who say the same.
–11 percent of Americans like to lick the salt off their margarita glass. Women (12 percent) are slightly bigger fans of licking the salt than men (11 percent). While 8 percent of Americans prefer margaritas on the rocks, 14 percent favor frozen margaritas.
Here are a few variations on the cocktail to show you how versatile the drink can be.
Ostra’s Alta Belleza Margarita
This margarita at Ostra in the Mokara Hotel & Spa is made with the rare Casa Noble Alta Belleza Extra Anejo. It’s so rare that only 10 bottles made it to Texas at a retail price of $2,900 a bottle, and only 19 of these margaritas will be sold at Ostra and its sister restaurant, Las Canarias.
Each is served in a hand-blown glass made by San Antonio’s Garcia Art Glass.
No price was given on the drink. I guess if you have to ask …
1 1/2 ounces Casa Noble Alta Belleza Extra Anejo
1 ounce Grand Mariner 150
1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce agave nectar
1/4 ounce vanilla sorghum
Mix the ingredients with ice in a shaker.
Pour into a margarita glass rimmed with salt if desired.
Makes 1 cocktail.
From Ostra and Casa Noble Belleza Extra Anejo
3 ounces anejo tequila
1/2 ounce olive brine
1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice
1 1/2 ounces Cointreau
Splash of orange juice
TwangARita Gold Salt or salt, for rimming glass
Add ice to cocktail shaker.
Add in tequila, olive brine, lime juice, and Cointreau. Shake vigorously for several seconds.
Moisten rim of glass with lime wedge. Turn glass rim a few times in TwangARita Gold Salt.
Strain martini into rimmed glass.
Top with a splash of orange juice. Garnish with olives, lime or orange slice.
Makes 12 cocktail.
TwangARita Paloma Salt, optional
1 ounce grapefruit juice
1 ounce orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
2 ounces tequila
2 ounces ginger beer
Rim a copper cocktail cup with TwangARita Paloma Salt, if desired.
In a shaker filled with ice, add lime juice, grapefruit juice, orange liqueur and tequila. Shake. Pour into cup. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Makes 1 cocktail.
Adapted from Twang