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Celebrate National Margarita Day with 8 great recipes

Malo’s

The margarita is one of the favorite drinks at Malo’s.

(Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times)

It’s Monday, and like so many of us, you probably don’t need an excuse to lift a celebratory margarita at the end of the day. Still, even this classic cocktail gets its own holiday. That would be today. So Happy National Margarita Day!

To celebrate, we’ve compiled some of our favorite recipes. If you love a classic margarita, we’ve got you covered. Of course, we’ll also take care of you if you’d like to get creative with a little blood orange, pomegranate or guava. Or perhaps you’d like to add a little jalapeno, horseradish or cilantro to the mix.

We include a variety of recipes, including favorites from restaurants known for great drinks: El Coyote, Mas Malo and Border Grill. ¡Salud!

BORDER GRILL’S BLOOD ORANGE JALAPENO MARGARITA

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Jalapeno margarita
(Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)

Tequila is infused with blood oranges and jalapeno in this margarita, and the final drink is garnished with candied jalapeno and a blood orange slice.

EL COYOTE MARGARITA

El Coyote margarita
(Con Keyes / Los Angeles Times)

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It’s the recipe from the historic Los Angeles institution, with just a hint of pineapple.

ANGELINA AT MAS MALO

Angelina cocktail

The Angelina cocktail served at Mas Malo in Los Angeles.

(Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Hibiscus-infused tequila, a hint of simple syrup and the tart tang of lime make this drink as addictive as a kiss.

MARIX TEX MEX BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITA

Marix Tex Mex blood orange margarita

Blood orange margaritas from Marix.

(Pornchai Mittongare / For The Times)

Fresh blood orange juice and sugar are reduced to a flavorful thick syrup, which is shaken with tequila, triple sec and sweet and sour mix in this variation on the classic cocktail.

HORSERADISH AND POMEGRANATE MARGARITA

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horseradish and pomegranate margarita

A horseradish and pomegranate margarita.

(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

Horseradish-infused tequila gives this margarita a nice kick, the flavors rounded out with Cointreau, fresh lime and pomegranate juice.

RUBY RED GRAPEFRUIT MARGARITA

Ruby red grapefruit margarita

Recipe: Ruby red grapefruit margarita

(Beatrice de Gea / Los Angeles Times)

Fresh ruby red grapefruit juice makes for a bright and refreshing margarita variation.

GUAVA MARGARITA

Guava margarita

Recipe: A guava margarita.

(Beatrice de Gea / Los Angeles Times)

This fragrant margarita includes tropical guava nectar and Chambord liqueur.

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CLASSIC MARGARITA

Malo’s

The margarita is one of the favorite drinks at Malo’s.

(Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times)

This classic margarita is a simple combination of Cointreau, lime juice and blanco or reposado tequila shaken over ice and served in a salt-rimmed glass.

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