The fact that it’s National Margarita Day is a good enough reason to make your own tequila cocktail. Hell, even if it’s not, there’s always a good reason to try some new margarita recipes. But an impending tequila shortage adds the impetus. Agave production isn’t keeping up with the tequila demand, and instead of waiting for the plants to fully mature, some producers are harvesting them early.
All that to say, if you’re going to imbibe with a margarita, it better be a damn good one so that tequila doesn’t go to waste. To help, we’ve rounded up smoky and spicy margarita recipes that pay tequila the respect it deserves.