Three Cheers (and a Recipe) for National Margarita Day in Phoenix

Nothing suits the end of a long day quite like a glass of boozy liquid that comes standard with salt, a lime, and a straw.

Yeah, we're big on margaritas. And at the end of today, you'll likely find us saddled up to one of the bars in town hosting special celebrations (we're talking $2.50 margaritas at Distrito) and dishing out sweet and salty discounts.

Check out 10 of our favorite local margaritas in today's round-up on Chow Bella, and the recipe for Gallo Blanco's sweet-and-sour take on the classic pick-me-up after the jump ... 

A Sueno Mojado at Gallo Blanco

2 oz. El Jimador Blanco Tequila 
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier to float 
Fresh margarita mix (recipe below) 

Fresh margarita mix is really what makes this cocktail shine and it's easier to make than you may think. Step one: go on a citrus raid of your neighborhood and collect several oranges, lemons and limes (or skip the delinquency and buy them). 

1. Juice a couple of each type and add sweetener to taste (agave nectar anyone?). 
2. Add the tequila and margarita mix to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. 
3. Shake vigorously and pour the entire icy contents into a salt rimmed glass garnished with a lime wedge. 
4. Float the Grand Marnier atop your fresh margarita and embrace this sweet and salty dream of a margarita.

Happy National Margarita Day! 

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Claire Lawton
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