It's National Margarita Day, Obviously—Make the Official Recipe from Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
The "Parrot Head" margarita is a slight twist on the classic cocktail
Come Monday, it'll be all right—particularly if that Monday also happens to be National Margarita Day.
Jimmy Buffett may not drink margaritas much anymore, but Margaritaville, the musician's chain of resorts and restaurants named after his 1978 smash hit, still pours countless versions of the cocktail at their locations across the U.S. and beyond.
In honor of the holiday, which takes place on Feb. 22 each year, the Margaritaville Resort Orlando shared the official recipe for their "Parrot Head" margarita that you can make at home and pretend you're on a tropical vacation.
The drink, named after Buffett's devoted legion of fans who call themselves parrot heads, is a slight variation on the classic margarita, which typically consists of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice. This version blends three types of citrus and is finished with a splash of lemon-lime soda (like Sprite) for some effervescence and sweetness.
To make the Parrot Head margarita: In a cocktail shaker, add 1 ½ oz. reposado tequila, ½ oz. triple sec, and one wedge each of lemon, lime and orange. Muddle together, add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a margarita glass filled with ice and add a splash of lemon-lime soda. For an extra kick, finish with a floater of orange liqueur (preferably Grand Marnier).
Margaritaville Resorts are currently expanding across the U.S., with the first west coast location recently opening in Palm Springs. Buffett celebrated the opening with a series of Instagram photos on Feb. 8 as he toured the property.
There are also plans to open a 29-story location in the heart of Times Square in New York City. Initially set to open its doors in fall 2020 but now opening this spring, the resort promises to bring a "touch of the tropics in the middle of the concrete jungle."