Sip Your Way to Happiness on National Margarita Day

Monday, February 22, 2016 | 6:09 pm

The margarita is synonymous with everything south of the border. It usually contains some combination of tequila, lime juice and Cointreau or Triple Sec. This drink comes blended or on the rocks, usually in a glass with a salted rim—it is the ideal combination of sweet, salty, sour and bitter.

If you need another excuse to enjoy one – Monday is National Margarita Day. Sip your way to happiness and celebrate the best holiday known to bar goers everywhere.

El Portal Margaritas

El Portal

Choose El Portal for a romantic date or relaxing evening with friends and family. They’re known for agave wine margaritas. These margaritas are known as some of the best in town, ask for Edgar and he’ll make all your margarita dreams come true.

Choose from lighter options like The Flaquita or gourmet options like the Don Julio Natural which is served on the rocks with Tequila Don Julio Reposado, citrus juices, cranberry juice and 100% Organic Agave nectar. Or take your pick of The Great Cadillac (Cuervo 1800 & Gran Gala), The Original Ultima (Sauza Conmemorativo & Citronge), El Portal House Margarita with Tequila Montezuma or a Strawberry, Banana, Pineapple, Mango or Peach margarita.

Paco's Margaritas

Paco’s Mexican Restaurant

Enjoy $6 House Margaritas and Happy Hour priced food from 3p.m.-7p.m in celebration of this fantastic holiday! Nothing goes better with a margarita than fresh enchiladas or an order of nachos.


El Cholo Cafe

Diego Fernandez, the operating partner at El Cholo Pasadena, explains that the margarita is the perfect compliment to spicy foods. Coming from someone who oversees more than 1,500 margaritas per week – his pairing suggestions should not be taken lightly.

“Pair it with classic nachos and you’re in heaven – the margarita has the perfect combination of citrus (lime), sweet and sour,” he said.

Since El Cholo started making margaritas in 1967, they have become one of the largest buyer of Jose Cuervo tequila. They use Jose Cuervo, Patron, Cuantro and Triple Sec in their margaritas to lend a distinctive flavor. Each margarita is made with a base of freshly prepared sweet and sour mixture and can be made blended or on the rocks.

Try the margarita flight for a little taste of everything or order the L.A Lemonade with 1800, Sauza Conmemorativo, Herradura Silver and Cointreau if you’re feeling like a true Californian. Save the 24 Karat – Jose Cuervo’s Reserva de la Familia and Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire for a special occasion – this pricey margarita is worth it’s weight in gold.

Although everyone has different ways of drinking it, Fernandez, notes that margaritas on the rocks have become more popular recently. For him, a salted rim and squeeze of lime complete the drink.

El Patron's Margaritas

El Patron
Grab a regular or flavored margarita for a bargain price and bug flavor. Choose from Mango, Peach, Strawberry or Pomegranate.


Ix Tapa Cantina

Ix Tapa’s watermelon margarita, served during their weekly mariachi performances is a refreshing drink that will have you up and dancing in no time. This refreshing cocktail combines tequila casadores, agave, lime juice and watermelon puree served in a glass with a spicy salted rim. Don’t miss their mariachi dinner shows, live performances on Friday and Saturday nights and weekly salsa lessons on Tuesday.



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