February 22 is National Margarita Day, so why not raise a glass to commemorate this special day? Zhuzh up this winter Tuesday with this much-loved agave-based cocktail. Below, you’ll find a trio of intriguing margarita recipes, along with 5 restaurants in Los Angeles offering margarita deals.
Echo Park’s own Danny Trejo and his restaurant, Trejo’s Tacos, launch the holiday with a one-week margarita special – and an after-hours event – at Trejo’s Tacos’ Hollywood location beginning February 22. These Watermelon-Jalapeño margaritas, neither too sweet nor too spicy, are crafted with Lobos 1707 Joven Tequila and come complete with a chamoy-tajin rim and a fresh watermelon wedge. Tonight, the Cahuenga location hosts an after-hours event from 9 PM to midnight. Tickets are $20 and include 1707 tastings from their 1707 tuk-tuk, a DJ, tacos, step and repeat, and, of course, that Watermelon-Jalapeño margarita. You can buy your ticket here.
Gracias Madre is known for its standout all-agave cocktail program, not to mention excellent vegan Mexican food. For National Margarita Day, Beverage Director Maxwell Reis has created a clarified margarita made with LALO Tequila Blanco, his own clarified lime cordial, orange bitters, and a citrus saline rim ($20). Gracias Madre’s regular Taco Tuesday menu ($25) includes a regular margarita, but you can upgrade to the clarified margarita. The trio of tacos includes plant-based versions of carnitas, al pastor, along with a cauliflower-filled taco.
Spicy Siena is a spicy margarita variant featuring muddled Fresno chilies, Cointreau, and fresh lime, along with 818 Tequila and tajin. Savor it on National Margarita Day for just $10 at two LA hotel lounges: Sant’olina atop the classic, mid-century modern Beverly Hilton and Harriet’s 1 Hotel West Hollywood.
Stalwart Mexican eatery El Torito – the chain was founded in 1954 – is offering $6 margaritas, along with $2.22 build-your-own tacos, for National Margarita Day 2022.
Low on funds? You can find margaritas for only $3 at Chili’s today. Chili’s has locations all over Los Angeles.
1 oz St~Germain
1 ½ oz PATRÓN Silver
¾ oz fresh lime juice
- Optional salt rim
- Add all ingredients into a shaker and shake
- Pour over ice in a rocks glass
(Recipe by floral artist Maurice Harris for PATRÓN and St. Germain)
2 oz. Tequila Cazadores Reposado
1 oz. Agave Nectar
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
4 oz. Grapefruit Juice
1 Lime Wheel
In a cocktail shaker with ice combine all the ingredients, shake and serve over the rocks in a bucket glass.
(Recipe courtesy of Manny Hinojosa for Tequila Cazadores)
Gran Centenario Cucumber Lime Margarita
1.5 oz Gran Centenario Plata
1.5 oz Fresh lime juice
3.0 oz Cucumber juice
0.5 oz Simple Syrup (2:1) or 0.75 Simple Syrup (1:1) for less sweet
1/2 Sliced jalapeño, seeded and diced
Garnish: Lime wedge and jalapeño
- Place jalapeño slices in a shaker and muddle.
- Add rest of ingredients, add ice.
- Shake and strain into an ice-filled 12 oz rocks glass.
(Recipe courtesy of Gran Centenario)