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Where to Celebrate National Margarita Day

Forget about the chocolate and hearts on Valentine’s Day – there is a new holiday sweeping over the month of February that deserves national attention. Friday, February 22 will mark National Margarita Day. Grab your friends and go on the ultimate Orange County margarita tour to celebrate! Nothing goes better with tacos or chips and salsa than a refreshing margarita. Between a night out with the girls or going on date night with your significant other, here are some great spots to celebrate at:

Photo courtesy of Wild Taco

Wild Taco

407 31st St.
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Wild Taco is definitely wild about margaritas. However, they don’t serve your classic margarita here. This beach town hang-out spot offers margaritas made with Sabe Blanco. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Sabe Blanco, it is blanco tequila infused with sake. These flavor combinations are unique and add the ultimate flavor punch to the classic tequila margarita. It is the perfect margarita for anyone who is looking for a classic margarita but without the harsh tequila after-taste. With refreshing fruit flavors like pineapple and watermelon, it’s hard not to love these margaritas. If you are looking to add an extra kick of heat to your drink, you have the option to make these flavors spicy. Adding to their local beach vibe, Wild Taco serves their margaritas in a mason jar. 

Photo courtesy of Mi Casa

Mi Casa

296 E 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
https://www.micasa1.com/home

Mi Casa is the perfect place for a family night out on National Margarita Day. Having been a local’s spot for over 40 years, Mi Casa infuses both tradition and flavor into their margaritas. All of their margaritas are made with fresh and seasonal fruits. Their house margarita includes an award-winning mix that has been a family secret since opening in 1972. Some favorite flavors are the Ultimate Cadillac Margarita which uses their famous home-made margarita mix. Their Coco-Rita Margarita is a blend of two classic drinks that seamlessly combines the flavors of pineapple, coconut and tequila. Lastly, their fruit flavored blended margaritas add a nice variety to their margarita menu. They are classic margarita flavors blended into the ultimate adult slushy. 

Photo courtesy of Puesto

Puesto

Los Olivos Irvine
8577 Irvine Center Dr.
Irvine, CA
https://eatpuesto.com/locations/los-olivos-irvine-tacos/

Park Place Irvine
3311 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA
https://eatpuesto.com/locations/park-place-irvine/

With such a variety of margaritas to choose from, you can’t go wrong with Puesto on National Margarita Day. Start off with their Puesto Perfect Margarita, which is a great rendition of everything found in a classic margarita. If you are looking to add a little kick to your drink, try their Spicy Margarita. It is one of the best spicy margaritas out there and provides just the right amount of heat without being too overwhelming. Are you on the adventurous side? Then try the Avocado Marg or the La Verdad Margarita. Both are unique in flavor. The Avocado Marg is a summery drink that offers a completely different approach to the classic margarita. The La Verdad is what I like to call an undercover margarita. Its notes of cucumber, cactus and lime will have you forgetting that you are drinking a margarita and instead have you believing you are drinking a healthy juice from Whole Foods. 

Photo courtesy of Sol

Sol Mexican Cocina

Newport Beach
251 E. Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92660
https://solcocina.com/

Enjoy your margaritas right on the water at Sol Mexican Cocina. Sol has endless options when it comes to their margarita menu. They have frozen margaritas, skinny margaritas and about any flavor of margarita you can think of. Their frozen mango chili margarita is definitely a crowd favorite. It’s the perfect mix of both sweet and savory with its added chili-salted rim. Another fan favorite is their watermelon margarita that is the prettiest shade of pink. It is the perfect blend of summer flavors that are not overwhelmingly sweet. Their classic margarita is also one of the best in town – so smooth and delicious you can easily forget you are even sipping on an alcoholic beverage. Made with house-made sour mix and fresh-squeezed orange juice, Sol’s house margarita will have you imagining you are on the beaches of Mexico. 

Photo courtesy of Javier’s

Javier’s

Irvine Spectrum
536 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
https://www.javiers-cantina.com/pages/irvine

Crystal Cove Promenade
7832 E. Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92657
https://www.javiers-cantina.com/pages/newport-beach

If you are looking for a spot to have date night on National Margarita Day, Javier’s should be at the top of your list. A local favorite, Javier’s has the perfect mix of ambiance and classic margarita options, making it the ultimate romantic night out on the town. Along with their upscale dining experience, Javier’s offers more upscale flavored margaritas. Try their Granada Margarita that adds a kick of pomegranate liquor to their classic margarita mix. The sunset colors the margarita creates are almost too pretty to drink. Or try a more tropical flavor with their Pina Margarita. This margarita is so refreshing with fresh pineapple and a splash of St. Germain. Another local favorite is their Jalapeno Margarita. This margarita brings the heat with pieces of jalapeno added right into the drink.

Between the classic margarita, spicy margarita, margaritas that combine different liquors and endless amounts of fruit flavors, there is a margarita for everyone during National Margarita Day. Enjoy one of my favorite national holidays and remember to drink responsibly when trying all of these amazing margaritas and restaurants around Orange County.