Monday February 22 is National Margarita Day. How will you celebrate? Will you go about your day not thinking twice about the significance of the cool, frosty adult beverage? Or will you go out of your way to craft yourself the best margarita ever?

While the origins of the Margarita are fuzzy, possible due to the copious consumption of tequila? According to the, the beverage could date back to either 1938 or 1945 as a way to make a tequila shot more palatable. Starting with tequila and salt, then adding lemon and lime juice along with triple sec, to create a cocktail that has been blamed for a few dozen relationship breakups and shot gun weddings.

This recipe for a Classic Margarita comes from and makes 6 or a small pitcher:

1 1/2 cups gold tequila
3/4 cup Triple Sec
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
4 tablespoons sugar
8 cups crushed ice
2 tablespoons kosher salt
6 lime wedges

PREPARATION: Combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and 2 tablespoons sugar in large pitcher; stir to dissolve sugar. Add crushed ice. Mix salt and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in shallow bowl. Moisten rim of 6 Margarita glasses with lime wedge. Holding each glass upside down, dip rim into sugar-salt mixture. Pour Margarita into glasses. Garnish with lime wedges.