Published on February 20th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Celebrating National Margarita Day? Here Are 5 Great Recipes Using Tres Agave Tequila

This Friday, February 22nd, millions of people will be celebrating National Margarita Day. The ultra-premium tequila known as Tres Agaves — as produced by a fifth-generation tequila-making family in Mexico’s Valley of Tequila — is of course a big proponent of National Margarita Day. In the spirit of this joyful holiday, I gathered recipes from 5 renowned mixologists on behalf of the Hype Magazine.

#1: Jalisco Express

Created by Alex Valencia of La Contenta, NYC

This cocktail was created and named in honor of the Tequila Express train in Jalisco, Mexico which took people to the agave fields in the lowlands of the Jalisco region.

What you’ll need to get started:

  • Two parts Tres Agaves Blanco
  • ¾ parts Lime Juice
  • ¾ parts Tres Agaves Agave Syrup
  • One slice of Jalapeno (no seeds)
  • 2 Cucumber Slices
  • Pinch of basil (6-8 small leaves)

DirectionsPlace basil first, then Jalapeno and cucumber slices in a shaker; add agave syrup and muddle. Add in rest of the ingredients and ice. Shake, double strain and serve over ice in lowball glass; garnish with a Tajin rim.

#2: Mr. Agave & Ms. Tuna

Created by Alex Valencia of La Contenta, NYC

This is a variation of the margarita; la tuna (prickly pear) is wildly harvested and eaten throughout Mexico and even in parts of the USA. You can see the cactus pear present on the Mexican flag, and it’s also the national fruit. The inspiration behind this spicy margarita cocktail is the love Mexicans have for indulging in anything spicy.

What you’ll need to get started:

  • 2 parts Tres Agaves Blanco
  • 6 drops of the tequila-infused with Habanero
  • ¾ parts Lime Juice
  • ½ part Prickly Pear Puree (such as boiron)
  • ¾ parts Tres Agaves Agave Syrup

Directions: Add all ingredients in the shaker; add ice, shake and strain in coupe or martini glass. 

#3: Mandarina Rosa

Created by Jakob Hostetter, Beverage Director at Cantina 1838, NYC

By adding a little pink sea salt on the rim and including a tangerine juice, it’ll almost make this margarita illuminate!

What you’ll need to get started:

Rim glass with pink sea salt. Shake all ingredients together; double strain and serve straight-up in a martini or coupe glass. Garnish with tangerine twist.

#4: Habanero Hell Fire

Created by Jakob Hostetter, Beverage Director at Cantina 1838, NYC

When whipping up this margarita, the “holiday” is bound to get a little caliente.

What you’ll need to get started:

Rim glass with black pepper and salt. Then muddle seeds of Jalapeno pepper in pre-rimmed margarita glass. Pour remaining ingredients in glass, top off with ice and stir.

#5: Ginger con Hielo

Created by Jakob Hostetter, Beverage Director at Cantina 1838, NYC

Not a fan of margarita on the rocks? Forget the ice– freeze your margarita mix instead!

What you’ll need to get started;

For the ice cube, mix together Triple Sec and Margarita Mix. Pour into king ice-cube tray and place piece of candied ginger in liquid. Freeze overnight. For preparing the cocktail, pour two parts of Reposado tequila over large ice cube in rocks glass. Garnish with lime twist.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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