How To Celebrate National Tequila Day
How to Celebrate National Tequila Day
National Tequila Day this year falls on Saturday July 24th, timing it perfectly for a whole weekend dedicated to celebrating (and maybe Sunday for recovery). Whether you’re enjoying the holiday at home, going out, or both, we’ve compiled the best ways to start a new tradition, enjoy old ones, and make the most of it.
National Tequila Day’s history
Millenia before tequila, a drink called pulque was made in central Mexico by fermenting sap from the agave plant. In the 1500s however, Spanish conquistadors invading Mexico ran out of their own brandy and decided to experiment with making wines from the area’s native plants, including agave. They figured out that fermented agave could be distilled into what would later become mezcal, and that’s how tequila was discovered.
After that, around the year 1600, the first tequila factory was opened by Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle in what is now the city of Tequila.
As for the holiday itself, there isn’t a consensus about who first originated it or why it’s on July 24 in the U.S., and the third Saturday of March in Mexico. We’d like to think the creators just had a little too much fun with the tequila and forgot why they created it and why it’s on a specific day. Or on the other hand, maybe one day a year just isn’t enough. Regardless of when you choose to celebrate National Tequila Day, we hope you have a great (and safe) time!
How to celebrate National Tequila Day
Now for the fun part – how to celebrate National Tequila Day. We’ve put together some of our favorite ideas for activities and things to try this year, whether it’s in-person or online.
Margaritas & burgers
Hopdoddy has incredible selections of burgers and margaritas for spending National Tequila Day drinking, eating, and having a good time. The pairing goes great together and can be enjoyed with friends, family, or all to yourself. With burger bars across the country, we’re pretty proficient at celebrating delicious drinks and good food.
Homemade margaritas & Mexican food
Speaking of alcohol and good food, stay in and make homemade margaritas and Mexican food to honor the day’s roots and culture. It can also be a fun way to spend time with those you haven’t seen or spent time with in a while. This activity is sure to be entertaining, whether it comes out incredible or inedible.
Tequila popsicles & ice cream
Because the U.S. has National Tequila Day during the height of summer, staying cool is essential. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to combine tequila and margaritas with popsicles and ice cream. This recipe for tequila sunrise popsicles only takes five minutes to prep and even includes the lime! You can buy margarita ice cream from a number of places, but if you want to make your own, try this recipe for a quick overnight snack to celebrate.
A relatively unique dish to change it up with and try making is tequila-grilled shrimp. Its tequila-infused flavor is perfect for National Tequila Day, or just any grill party. Not only that, but it’s also versatile enough to be an appetizer or a full meal just by changing the amount you grill!
Experiment with other tequila drinks
On the subject of changing it up, try other drinks with tequila in them! Beyond margaritas, there’s plenty of ways to celebrate tequila. Here are some of our favorite picks that you may or may not have heard of and tried:
- Tequila Sour - sour cocktail and a margarita mix with bitters and egg white foam
- Mexican Mule - variation on the traditional Moscow Mule (with tequila instead of vodka)
- Envy Cocktail - vibrant tropical-flavored blue drink with blue curaçao and pineapple juice
- Tequila and Coke - the name says it all, Coke is always a good addition to a cocktail
- Bloody Maria - alternative to Bloody Mary (with tequila and hot sauce instead of vodka)
- Dulce de Tequila - dessert cocktail with cognac and agave nectar for sweetness
Drinking games almost always make for a good time, or at least good stories. Bringing about endless fun and laughter, drinking games will depend on who you’re with, what you’re doing, and what you’re drinking, but are a perfect way to break the ice or get to know people better. Whether it’s something more structured or just asking each other questions or drinking everytime something happens, drinking games are sure to make National Tequila Day memorable (or maybe not so memorable depending on how much you drink).
Perfect to add to any of the activities mentioned here, or anything else you might do on National Tequila Day, a playlist sets the mood and atmosphere. It can make or break a great time, so we took this very seriously.
We’d recommend including classics such as Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville (it’s mandatory), the Eagles’ Tequila Sunrise, and Alan Jackson’s It's Five O' Clock Somewhere. For even more feelgood and relaxing summer music, Kenny Chesney’s Summertime, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Have You Ever Seen The Rain, and The Cars’ Good Times Roll all are quintessentials for summer parties.
Stay hydrated & have fun
Remember that National Tequila Day is a fun holiday, but it also comes around the hottest part of the year. Stay hydrated so you can enjoy the day (or days) drinking tequila and spending time with friends and family.
Side note: Of all the liquors, tequila’s reputation is known for being a little… wild. And while it can be just that, it doesn’t have to be. When consumed responsibly, you can enjoy imbibing delicious and unique beverages without any regrets or, hopefully, splitting headaches. So with that, we say salud! Have a great weekend and let us know if you use any of our suggestions!