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Margarita Day in Alpena

ALPENA, Mich.– Monday was National Margarita Day, so we popped in at Mangos Tequila Bar to learn more about the country’s favorite cocktail.

Bartender Danielle Hunter said margaritas are a very versatile cocktail. Bartenders can use a wide variety of tequilas and spirits to make this sweet–and–sour drink.

Hunter said the salt on the rim is especially important: it mutes some of the bitterness and brings out the main flavors. While many people use lime for a chaser, Hunter says one vegetable works better.

“I recommend pickle juice. I find that to be a much better follow–up for tequila… I believe it’s probably from the vinegar, but it totally cleans your palette. It’s like you didn’t do a shot of tequila at all; the taste is totally gone after you chase it with pickle juice.”

Hunter says drinkers should pace themselves: margaritas aren’t as filling as other cocktails, but can have a similar alcohol content.

As with any alcoholic beverage, you should know your limits and always drink responsibly.