Epcot's top 3 drinks for National Margarita Day 2014

By Allison Walker, Entertainment Reporter/Anchor
Last Updated: Saturday, February 22, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

You probably tackle tequila in one of three ways:

1). You tend to shoot it with your eyes squeezed tightly and sprint around to find the nearest lime or chaser, even if it's from a stranger's glass.

2). You sip on it slowly without making an "ugly" face; you breathe in the aromas and appreciate the "warm" feeling of it going down your pipes.

3). You prefer your tequila in multi-ingredient and even textural margaritas.

If #'s 2 and 3 are more your speed, then your smartphone has likely reminded you that Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day. Hello fellow tequila-lover! If you're a #1, maybe this year's celebration is an opportunity to approach tequila in a let's-not-chug-it-to-get-drunk kinda way.

Welcome in Hilda Castillo. She has the coolest title ever: Epcot's Tequila Ambassador. Hilda, who's actually from Tequila, Mexico, knows so much about the tequila that she can detect vanilla and even caramel notes in certain Reposados.

"Every day, we are celebrating the Mexican cocktail, which is the margarita, and there's many flavors to celebrate," she told me inside our recent visit to Cava del Tequila at Epcot's Mexico pavilion. "In the tequila bar, we have more than 11 flavors so that guests can enjoy whatever flavor they like."

And in honor of National Margarita Day, Cava is introducing its Cranberry Patron Margarita. Check out the VIDEO CLIPS up top to see how to make Epcot's Fave Three.

Here are the recipes:

Cranberry Patron Margarita

2 oz shot of Patron Silver
2 oz of margarita mix
1 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz grenadine
1 tsp cranberry sauce
Ice
Wild berry foam

Cucumber Margarita

1 shot of 100% agave silver tequila
3/4 shot of pineapple juice
1/2 shot of orange liquor
1/2 shot of agave nectar
1/2 shot fresh lime juice
Ice
Chili powder rim
Slices of cucumber and fresh basil

Blood Orange Margarita

1 shot of 100% agave silver tequila
1 shot of blood orange juice
1/2 shot of agave nectar
1/2 shot fresh lime juice
Ice
Wild berry foam