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Hard Seltzer’s The Trick To A Perfect Floating Margarita

The birth of the margarita is much disputed. There are various origin stories, stretching from the 1930’s to the 1960’s, but lost among these wildly specific theories is the fact that the margarita may simply be a variation of a Prohibition-era drink, The Daisy.

The two drinks are remarkably similar– the only difference is that the margarita swaps out The Daisy’s brandy for tequila. In fact “margarita” is the Spanish word for “daisy.” So oddly enough, regardless of the true genesis of the margarita’s journey to stardom, it’s likely that it may have been a result of someone playing with the recipe of an already popular drink.

The lesson here, my friends, is that good things can always be improved upon. Inspired by this ideal, our latest recipe, in collaboration with Bud Light Seltzer, is our own twist on the margarita.

Keeping the essence of fruit in mind, we swapped out the traditional orange-flavored triple sec for a Bud Light Strawberry seltzer. This creates a smoother drinking experience, mellowing out the tequila enough to give consistent, well-rounded sips.

We also threw in some frozen strawberries, which helps the drink blend into a fluid, almost creamy, consistency, while giving things a refreshing edge that compliments the acidity of the lime.

With a rim of chili lime seasoning, and a fresh strawberry to garnish, this drink will certainly make me head to the fridge for a seltzer and some frozen strawberries the next time I get a craving for a margarita.

Check out the full recipe below, and, if you’re in California, make sure to enter iHeartRadio and Budlight Seltzer’s sweepstakes, which could land you a $500 gift card to one of your local Hispanic grocery stores. Click here to enter.

This recipe collab is featured at participating hispanic grocers.

Iceberg Strawberry Margarita

Yields: 2


  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp agave
  • 1 can Bud Light Seltzer Strawberry
  • Chili Lime Seasoning for garnish
  • Fresh lime & strawberry for garnish


  1. Prepare 2 glasses with a chili lime rim using lime juice. 
  2. In a blender, combine frozen strawberries, ice, tequila, lime juice and agave and blend until smooth. 
  3. Divide Bud Light Seltzer Strawberry into prepared glasses. Slowly pour blended margarita into the glasses. Garnish with a lime round and strawberry.

Created in partnership with Bud Light.

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Red Lobster x MTN DEW Collab Reveals ‘Dew Garita’

Photo courtesy of Red Lobster

Two iconic brands are coming together in a pretty outlandish way. This week, Red Lobster has announced a partnership with PepsiCo. The first result of that collaboration? A MTN Dew cocktail served at Red Lobster Restaurants. 

Yep, that’s right. 

Called the DEW Garita, the alcoholic beverage is said to pair nicely with the restaurant chain’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits. 

While Red Lobster hasn’t revealed exactly what’s inside the cocktail, deeming it top-secret in a statement, it kind of fits the spirit of MTN Dew itself. You don’t really know what’s in it — and you kind of don’t want to know — but it tastes pretty good nonetheless.

Hopefully, that includes tequila, though. 

Fans of Red Lobster or MTN Dew can find their new collaborative drink in restaurants sometime this fall. 

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Yard House Is Now Serving Up ‘Magic’ Color Changing Margaritas

Everyday life can be dreary and dull and most of us look forward to the weekend for that pick-me-up at our favorite bar. But honestly, even that turns into a routine as we fall into the habit of nursing the same cocktail that’s cared for us before. 

I think it’s time for us all to pursue a little extra magic in our life and Yard House is ready to deliver.

Yard House has just unveiled their new Magic Margarita in 75 locations across the U.S. Margaritas are a blessing on their own, but this one comes with a little something special.

Don Julio Blanco tequila is infused with butterfly pea flower and bitters overnight to concoct the perfect flavor. The butterfly pea flowers turn the tequila sapphire blue, but it doesn’t stop there. When ready to serve, the margarita will come with a sidecar of citrus agave. Once poured in, it catalyzes an acidic reaction, magically changing the color of the infusion right before your eyes.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, this may be the perfect last minute date idea for your special someone. A new special menu has rolled out along with this cocktail featuring Braised Short Rib Ravioli and a Filet & White Cheddar Melt.

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An Australian Museum’s New Bar Sells A Margarita Garnished With An Eyeball

Cocktails can be an artistic playground with filled with colorful and intricate garnishes, but one art museum’s bar has pushed the bounds of what’s possible in the mixology world by serving an “eyeball margarita” where, yes, a frozen eye serves as its garnish.

There is some speculation as to exactly what kind of eyeball sits on top of the black margarita at Faro Tapas. The new bar and restaurant, located inside of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania, Australia, says it is a bull’s eyeball on their website. Gourmet Traveller food critic Pat Nourse, however, claimed it to be a pig’s eyeball in his review of the restaurant. Regardless of what animal it belongs too, having your drink stare back at you can be somewhat shocking at a first glance.

If you do manage to get past the initial fear, and drink the margarita, Nourse says the waiters will advise you to down it “promptly.” You don’t want the ice surrounding the garnish to defrost and get drips of eyeball into your drink.

Apart from the eccentric topping, the actual drink seems pretty interesting. It’s made with tequila, lime, mezcal, and charcoal with a black salt coating around the rim. Nourse does note that the charcoal dampens the flavor of the drink, but when you’re trying to avoid consuming liquid eye, you’re probably not thinking about the charcoal much.

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Mister Cartoon Crafts Limited Edition Tequila CAZADORES Bottle

Booze and tattoos probably go together way more often than they should. However, when the booze is Tequila CAZADORES and the tattoos are courtesy of legendary artist Mister Cartoon, then it sounds like a perfect combination. The iconic tattoo artist has reimagined a bottle of Tequila CAZADORES for a new limited-edition run in honor of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Tequila CAZADORES recently debuted the new limited-edition blanco bottle whose bottle design was hand-rendered and features Mister Cartoon’s signature fine point style, nodding symbolically to the Día de los Muertos traditions he values most. The bottle is adorned in symbolic black, white and gray artwork, with illustrations of a skull to honor the memories of lost loved ones, a rose to welcome new beginnings and a woman to represent love and the importance of celebrating the good times. The Tequila CAZADORES iconic stag is part of the design as a reminder to be bold and fearless in the pursuit of dreams.

“Mister Cartoon is an artist who, like Tequila CAZADORES, boldly carries his heritage with him, allowing his passion for who he is and where he came from to shine through his work,” says Manny Hinojosa, Brand Ambassador for Tequila CAZADORES. “We are honored to collaborate with him on a special Día de los Muertos bottle design, celebrating one of the most traditional holidays in the Mexican culture.”

“It was an honor for me to create a design for Tequila CAZADORES. a brand that shares my passion for preserving heritage and guiding the future from the past,” adds Mister Cartoon.

Available nationwide, the Mister Cartoon x Tequila CAZADORES Día de los Muertos bottle hit shelves earlier this month.  Mister Cartoon has also created a set of skull bandanas – inspired by illustrations from the limited-edition bottle – that will be available through his website with 100% of proceeds from sales going towards disaster relief in Mexico.


One Of Your Favorite Cocktails Can Actually Cause Serious Skin Burns

If you’re planning on spending your spring break sipping cocktails in a sunny locale, you might want to stop what you’re doing and pay attention.

Drunk texting your ex and waking up with a next-level hangover aren’t the only things you have to worry about when knocking back a few drinks on the beach.

It turns out, spilling your beloved margaritas on your sun-kissed skin can actually result in some pretty nasty skin burns.

I know, I felt pretty betrayed by my boozy BFF when I found out about this, too.

If you’re not familiar with this phenomenon, it’s known as phytophotodermatitis or “Margarita Dermatitis,” and it’s caused by lime juice getting on your skin. It’s also way more common than you may think.

We turned to Monique Olivares, a leading PA-C from Schweiger Dermatology in NYC, to get the scoop on this skin condition.

Olivares told Elite Daily,

Phytophotodermatitis is a skin rash that occurs when a sun-sensitizing chemical on the skin reacts with sunlight. This chemical reaction can cause redness, burning, blisters and residual dark pigmentation at the site of exposure.

If you think about the typical beach party scene, full of sloppy partiers sloshing their drinks around as they live it up under the sun, it becomes pretty apparent why phytophotodermatitis should be of particular concern for spring breakers.

Check out the pictures below for a closer look at this skin reaction (I’m going to warn you, it’s not very pretty).

Drinking margaritas on the beach sounds pretty great…


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…but did you know your beloved, boozy beverage can do more than just give you one hell of a hangover ?


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Yep, it turns out mixing citrus with sun produces a chemical reaction that can leave your skin with redness, burning, blisters and residual dark spots.  

This phenomenon is known as phytophotodermatitis…


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…and according to Monique Olivares, a PA-C from Schweiger Dermatology in NYC, it’s essentially a “skin rash that occurs when a sun-sensitizing chemical comes in contact with the skin and reacts with sunlight.”  


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Apparently, lime and celery are two of the biggest culprits that cause this common condition.  

Olivares told Elite Daily, “the initial rash can appear within 72 hours of sun exposure and can range in severity from skin dryness to blisters.”


It’s not hard to see why spring breakers should be especially wary of phytophotodermatitis.  

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All it takes is one spilled marg during a sloppy day-drinking session…



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…and you can end up with a seriously ugly burn that will definitely put a damper on the rest of your trip.  

However, there are some measures you can take to keep your skin safe.


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Olivares told Elite Daily prevention is key. She suggested you “wear a broad spectrum sunscreen and reapply every 80 minutes. If plants or citrus come in contact with the skin, wash it well with soap and water and if skin irritation does occur, a corticosteroid cream can be applied for relief.”  

Written by Kaylin Pound, EliteDaily


Whole Foods Will Be Selling Jello Shots Made From Our Favorite Cocktails

Whole Foods is finally coming around to the idea of being cool, and we love it!

It’s time to get yo jelly on at Whole Foods with these new premade jello shots! If you’re at all like me, you’re an idiot when it comes to cooking anything, so premade jello shots are right up my alley. These little cups of liquory goodness will be a success at any holiday party.

There are even more flavors on the way!

Ludlow’s Cocktail Company, the company Whole Foods is teaming up with on the project, has jello shots available by different cocktails, rather than simple flavors. These include: Fresh Lime Margarita, Meyer Lemon Drop, Old Fashioned, Planter’s Punch, and arguably the best cocktail of 2015, the Moscow Mule.

Unfortunately, the wobbly alcoholic treats will only be sold (initially) at Sherman Oaks West, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance and Encinitas. However I don’t doubt that they will be sold nationwide in just a matter of time.

I mean, who doesn’t love eating to get drunk?

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This Restaurant’s 30-Pound Burrito Challenge Has An Unbelievable Prize


The reward in an epic eating challenge is usually in the meal itself. That and the prestige. However, if you’re hoping to find a restaurant that has a more tangible reward, this might be it. Brooklyn taqueria Don Chingon raised the stakes slightly higher than a simple name on the wall. If you can finish a massive burrito, you’ll own a part of the restaurant.

How’s that for a challenge?

The burrito in question, though, is pretty formidable. At 30 pounds, the Gran Chingon is more than three feet long. It’s filled with chicken, steak, chorizo, carnitas, cheese, rice, beans and salsa. Imagine having 30 pounds worth of all that in your belly. We usually clock out after 20 pounds of burrito fillings.

If you’re attempting to tackle the Gran Chingon, Don Chingon makes you sign a waiver releasing them from any responsibility of death or illness from the enormous dish. Sheesh.

Food & Wine presents the rules as such:

  • You pay $150 to enter.
  • Eat the massive 30-pound burrito.
  • Drink 1 Ghost Pepper Margarita.
  • Finish everything in an hour or less. The clock starts when the burrito is touched.
  • No bathroom breaks of any kind, under penalty of forfeit.

The man or woman who completes these terms will be entitled to 10 percent ownership of Don Chingon. Ownership, however, will not be transferable upon death. Which, from the looks of that challenge, may be a few years closer to whomever enters.

Sounds like a pretty impossible feat with a pretty awesome payoff. Who’s in?

Photo: Not actual 30-pound burrito.