Are you ready to celebrate National Margarita Day?

Whether you're planning a party or toasting to the end of the work week, Friday is the perfect day to learn how to whip up the perfect margarita. This refreshing drink is a classic, go-to order that's actually perfect any time of the year — and it's incredibly easy to make without a sugary mixer. Of course, if you don't like going out, plenty of bars and restaurants are offering drink specials, too.

Here are our top tips for how to make a perfect margarita every time, plus our favorite margarita recipes!

1. USE FRESH LIME JUICE.

Resist the temptation to use a sour mix or store-bought bottled lime juice. A true margarita has very few ingredients, which means that the quality of each one is important. To get the most juice out of your limes, microwave them for about 15 seconds, then roll them on the counter a few times before juicing.

2. CHOOSE 100 PERCENT AGAVE TEQUILA.

Check out the label on the tequila bottle. If it says "100 percent agave," you're good to go. If the label doesn't have this, "then up to 49 percent of your tequila is actually fermented cane sugar," according to Bon Appétit. There are many good quality silver and blanco tequilas under $20, and, unless you prefer them, there's no need to pay extra for aged versions like reposado and añejo tequilas — their complex flavors will be masked by the citrus anyway.

3. STICK TO A 2:1:1 RATIO.

Whether you're making a single margarita or a big batch for a National Margarita Day fiesta, you'll have a perfect pour every time if you stick to the ratio of two parts tequila, one part lime juice and one part triple sec or orange liqueur.

Now that you've got that down, it's time to shake things up. While a classic margarita always hits the spot, what better time to experiment behind the bar?