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11 Products to Help You Celebrate National Margarita Day

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Happy National Margarita Day! Celebrate by blending up some delicious cocktails. (Both traditional or frozen are allowed—it's a holiday, after all.) Here are some products to use while you and your friends are hanging on the porch throwing back margs in the warm February sun. 

1. QUENCH MARGARITA MASTER; $12

Nothing kills a buzz faster than having to clean a bunch of knives and strainers, so streamline the process with the all-in-one Margarita Master, which comes with a knife, reamer, jigger, salt rimmer, and strainer. Not only is the entire marg-making process handled with one device, but clean-up is easy, which means you can get back to enjoying the simpler things—namely, tequila, lime juice, and triple-sec—more quickly.

Find it: Amazon

2. MOLECULAR MIXOLOGY KIT; $30

Margarita Day is really about kicking back with a frosty treat, but if you want to inject some science into your cocktail, no one’s going to stop you. This kit comes with three easy molecular recipes to transform your margarita drinking experience. You can break down lime juice into little "caviar" beads or turn it into a flavor-filled cloud of foam. It may not be the way Jimmy Buffet intended the cocktail to be ingested, but there’s no judgment in Margaritaville. 

Find it: Uncommon Goods

3. TRES AGAVES MARGARITA MIX; $26

Most people prefer to make their margaritas from scratch, but when you're in a real rush to relax, there might not be time to get all the ingredients together. With agave nectar and pulpy lime juice, this handy mix guarantees a sweet cocktail in seconds; all you need to add is the tequila.  

Find it: Amazon

4. MARGARITA JELLY BELLYS; $11

If you’re looking to get into the spirit of the holiday without the booze, these jelly beans taste a lot like the real thing. “The Lexus of Jelly Beans!” one Amazon reviewer raved. The beans come in 1 pound bags; you can fill margarita glasses with the green beans for a similar experience. 

Find it: Amazon

5. COLORED SALT; $29

Buffet might still be searchin’ for his lost shaker of salt, but you can be well equipped with this kit of eight different colored salt tins. The dyed Sicilian flake comes in every color of the rainbow, so you can match your margs with your Hawaiian shirts.

Find it: Etsy

6. MARGARITA BATH BOMB; $5

Ever wish you could swim in a giant margarita? You can do something similar (and less sticky) by dipping into a bath with one of these margarita-scented bath bombs. Drop the ball into a tub and in just a few minutes, you can be soaking in lime smells and chill tropical vibes. 

Find it: Etsy

7. MARGARITA COOKIES; $32/DOZEN

These margarita-shaped cookies are a party for your taste buds. The hand-baked treats don't taste like a margarita (they have a hint of almond flavoring) but you can always wash them down with the real thing.

Find it: Etsy

8. VERY CHILL PARROT HAT; $5

When cruising over to your next margarita party, a simple Hawaiian shirt and flip-flops might not be enough to really convey how relaxed you’re about to get. Sporting this parrot hat is the perfect look for when you’re trying to really chill out with a cold margarita in hand. 

Find it: Amazon

9. MARGARITA POOL FLOAT; $28

Is there any better way to enjoy a margarita than by basking in the middle of a pool? This margarita-shaped pool float will keep you buoyant while you drift in a citrusy haze. Don’t worry: There’s a cup holder for your drink. 

Find it: Amazon

10. MARGARITAVILLE BAHAMAS FROZEN CONCOCTION MAKER; $181

When concocting the perfect frozen margarita, you need the perfect device to blend it. The Margaritaville Bahamas Frozen Concoction Maker is the perfect kitchen item to make cocktails that embody the casual islands attitude. A mixing tool with measurements for pina coladas, daiquiris, and margaritas helps fledgling bartenders get the ratios just right on the first go. The mixer is dishwasher safe so you can throw it in when you hit the hammock with your drink.  

Find it: Amazon

11. DUAL TANK BACKPACK; $40

Spread good vibes this holiday by dispensing margaritas in record time for all your thirsty friends. This dual-tank backpack comes with two gravity-fed hand taps and a 210-ounce capacity. There’s even a mesh bag that clips to the side and holds cups.

Find it: Home Wet Bar

DON’T FORGET: TEQUILA

Now that you’re in the spirit, you’re going to need the right spirits to pour in the blender.

SANTERA REPOSADO TEQUILA

Santera Reposado is an elegant tequila that's produced by Destilladora de Valle de Tequila in Mexico. The liquor is aged in oak for seven months and has a light, fruity flavor. 

CASA NOBLE CRYSTAL 

This Mexican tequila brand comes in a hand-blown crystal decanter. The smooth tequila offers a complex and tasty margarita. 

PATRON SILVER TEQUILA

When in doubt, go with a classic. Patrón silver tequila is great when mixed into a classic margarita of lime juice, agave nectar, and triple-sec.

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New Pop Chart Lab Poster Is a Boozy Blueprint For Making Classic Cocktails
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Pop Chart Lab's posters combine design with data, and their latest offering—a full breakdown of the ingredients in 60 classic cocktails—is no exception. From the exact ratio of gin and tonic that should go into a G & T (2 ounces and 4 ounces, respectively) to the garnishes you'll need to make a proper Tom Collins (a maraschino cherry and a lemon twist), the 3-foot-by-2-foot "Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" artwork teaches mixology basics you'd typically learn in bartending school, sans tuition fee.

In addition to mainstays like the Negroni and the Whiskey Sour, the poster also includes relatively obscure drinks (ever heard of the Golden Dawn, or the Journalist?), which you can attempt after drinking your way through your favorite concoctions. Before you know it, you'll be explaining to your friends the intricacies of why you should stir martinis instead of shaking them (sorry, James Bond), or the difference between a highball and a Collins glass. Bottoms up!

"Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" costs $37, and is currently available for pre-order. Shipping begins on Friday, October 20, 2017. (To see the poster's details up close, visit Pop Chart Lab's website and click on the diagram.)

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Attention Beer Lovers: A London Brewery Is Hiring a Professional Taste-Tester
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Beer lovers aren’t given many chances to discuss their passion for imbibing at job interviews. But a new open position at London's Meantime Brewing Company lists that expertise as one of the top qualifications. As Fortune reports, the brewery is seeking a professional beer taster to help improve its products.

The brewery’s part-time employee will “join the panel brewers as they taste, discuss, and pass opinion on a range of different beers,” according to the job listing on LinkedIn. On top of steady access to free booze three hours a week, the taster will receive a competitive salary “with beer benefits.” As the description reads: “Yes, this could just be the best job in the world.”

Meantime isn’t just considering any casual beer drinker for the role. Their ideal candidate will have a precise palate that can distinguish “chocolate malt from dark malt” and “Fuggles from Cascade hops.” They will also have an understanding of global consumer markets, a functioning knowledge of English, and an extensive beer vocabulary. The brewery is located in the London borough of Greenwich, so applicants who aren’t local should be willing to relocate.

Founded in 1999, the Meantime Brewing Company made its name on the beer scene with signature beverages like their London Lager, London Pale Ale, and Yakima Red. If you’re interested in joining the team, post 30 words on your LinkedIn profile explaining why you deserve the gig, along with any photos or videos that may help your case, with the hashtag #pickmemeantime. The company will narrow down the pool to three candidates for an in-person beer tasting before deciding their top pick. Meanwhile, you can prepare for the job by brushing up on your beer facts.

[h/t Fortune]

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