Celebrate National Tequila Day with these magical margaritas

- Sunday, July 24, is National Tequila Day and you can bet we'll be celebrating with a classic margarita, a sweet and tangy paloma, or another cool concoction made from the agave plant.

Mexicans may have invented the premium spirit, but U.S. consumers drink twice as much tequila as our neighbors to the south. The top tequila-consuming states in U.S. include Arizona, California, and Florida, according to Distillery Trail.

Not sure which tequila is right for your taste buds? Tequilas created from the Mexican highlands are specifically sweeter and fruiter, while the lowlands are known to be herbaceous, according to tequilaneat.com. Blanco, which is white or clear tequila has been aged for less than a year, while anejo is at least a year old with some being aged for decades.

With nearly 40 new tequilas introduced in 2012, the popularity for the drink is growing and according to the Distilled Spirits Council, Tequila sales volume has grown about 72 percent in the last 10 years. Celebrate this popular spirit with ONE OF THESE handcrafted tequila cocktails. From sweet to smoky, there's something to please any palate. Cheers!

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