It's National Margarita Day! Naturally, we'll be celebrating this all-important holiday with a Pear Lemon Ginger Margarita, our cocktail of the week!

Laurie Cataldo

Margaritas are one of the most popular drinks in America, and if you've ever had a good one, you know why.

A standard margarita combines tequila, triple sec, and lime juice...it can be frozen or on the rocks, with or without a salted rim.

This week's cocktail switches things up a bit, but keeps the spirit of the drink (get it?) alive.

*Because no one should have to celebrate a holiday alone, this recipe makes two drinks.

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. tequila (I used blanco/silver, but you can really use whatever you have)
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 2 oz. fresh lemon juice (just squeeze the juice of 1 lemon)
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 1 ripe pear, chopped
  • 1 cup ice
  • cinnamon (optional, to garnish)
  • salt (optional)

Mix the first 5 ingredients in a blender to get everything nice and smooth. When well blended, add the ice and blend away until there are no chunks of ice left.

If desired, rim your margarita glasses with salt (or if you're like me and don't have them, use a wine glass!) Pour the margaritas into the glass, and garnish with a dash of cinnamon.

If you wanted this on the rocks, I'd recommend using canned pear nectar instead of trying to use fresh pear.

¡Olé!

Bonus, there's fresh fruit in it...so it's like a health drink, right?

Double bonus: How about a second cocktail?

My girl Melanie from Mary's Place by the Sea suggested another 'healthy' margarita. Her favorite green smoothie mixed with a nice boost of tequila! She recommends Milagro blanco tequila, but again, go with what you have!

Ingredients:
  • 1.5 oz tequila
  • 2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3 leaves of Kale, chopped
  • 1 green apple, chopped
  • 1 orange
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ginger
Blend it all with ice, and pour into a glasses rimmed with chili powder and salt.
Melanie says, 'this is the best way to feel good about yourself while feeling good! Of course you need to garnish with a jalapeño stuffed olive!'
Amen.
Cheers, and Happy Margarita Day!
*Please drink responsibly*

What's your favorite way to drink a margarita? Froze, rocks, salt, no salt, flavored? Tell us in the comment section below!