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How to Celebrate National Tequila Day on July 24

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Ahh Tequila – the reason for many hangovers and bad decisions. July 24 is National Tequila Day, and in 2011 it falls on a Sunday, which means at 12:01 a.m. your celebrations can begin and you'll
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have the entire day to relax afterward without worrying about work. NYC has plenty of places at which you can celebrate the day. However, should you choose to stay in, there's also several ways to enjoy yourself as well. Get your hangover cure ready and get set for National Tequila Day.

Learn Some History and the Facts

Tequila's history dates back to the 16th century, and since then it's developed quite an interesting history. According to Elduendetequila.com, in 1930 it became the medicine used to fight the epidemic of Spanish Influenza that broke out in Northern Mexico. It was then that people started to drink it with lemon and salt. Also, according to tequila.net, a little less than 80 percent of exported tequila is due to the United States.

Get Dressed for the Occasion

The day won't be complete without an outfit to go with it. Zazzle has several shirts that will match perfectly with the occasion, but two match especially well. One has a Tequila quote, and the other has a simple design and says "I Love Tequila."

Get Out to a Bar

There are quite a few places across the city to get Tequila and delicious food to go along with it. Some of the best places include Mayahuel, a Mexican restaurant located on 6th Street, and Barrio Chino, which is located on Broome Street. The least expensive option is likely The Levee in Brooklyn which serves a variety of munchies including Beef or Veggie Chili Dogs with Cheese, Tortilla Chips, Cheese Balls, and PB&J.

Buy a Bottle of Tequila

If you've always wanted to try different types of Tequila without spending a lot of money, but you resorted back to your usual because you didn't know what to pick, Tequila.net can be a huge help. The site has editor reviews, user reviews, and a list of the top Tequila.net winners for 2010. Each review has a full rundown of everything from the price to the distillation process.

Make a Margarita

If you have a love of margaritas and want to whip one up at home, drinksmixer.com has over 50 recipes for you to try. Those in NYC may want to try the Big Apple Margarita, which is made from Tequila, Apple Liqueur, and lemon juice. I'm partial to the Banana Margarita, made from crème de bananes, lemon juice, triple sec, tequila, and a banana.

If you're going to celebrate National Tequila Day, keep in mind that there are plenty of ways to get home that don't involve driving. Take the train, subway, call a cab, or take the PATH. For more information, check out the websites for the PATH, MTA or NJ Transit for more information.

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Why? It's National Tequila Day and it falls on a weekend
When: July 24
Cost: A hangover the following morning
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