As if we need an excuse to have a margarita, there’s one special day of the year where it’s encouraged to enjoy the cocktail. National Margarita Day is even more special this year, because it’s the 70th anniversary of the drink’s birth. Socialite Margarita Sames mixed her favorite spirits together in 1948, creating a sour/salty mixture with tequila and Cointreau. Since then, there are all sorts of recipes and variations. Here’s five places in the Magic City you can get a fantastic beverage to honor the Mexican cocktail.
Bartaco in Homewood is super-celebrating National Margarita Day by extending the time to celebrate and adding new, unique margaritas. Throughout February and March, Bartaco is introducing margaritas using things like smoked pineapple, matcha green tea and blood oranges.
2. Cocina Superior
Cocina Superior is guaranteed to wet the whistle of even a health-conscious drinker. You can get a Skinny Margarita that’s low on calories, but high with fresh ingredients and just a touch of Splenda. If you want to celebrate the sour and salty holiday in style, opt for the Champagne Margarita. It’s made with patron silver Tequila & Cointreau, topped with champagne.
3. Avo/Dram Whiskey Bar
Avo/Dram Whiskey Bar is known for the wide selection of whiskey, but you may not realize how amazing the other drinks are on their massive menu. The Pineapple-Jalapeño Margarita is the right mix of spicy, sweet and salty. The pineapple juice mixed with jalapeño is complimented by the classic salted rim.
Fun fact: Avo in the name of the business is shorthand for avocado.
4. Babalu Tapas & Tacos
If you’re looking for tasty food or a plate to share with friends while you celebrate National Margarita Day, check out Babalu Tapas & Tacos. The restaurant is holding its own margarita week. During that time, you can get $7 babaritas Monday through Sunday. Babaritas are the classic-style margaritas. Another must-sip is the Mojarita. That’s a combination of a mojito and margarita.
5. BRIO Tuscan Grille
You might not think about getting a fantastic margarita at a restaurant that specializes in Italian cuisine, but BRIO Tuscan Grille is winning the margarita game. The newest cocktail is the Very Berry Margarita. Jose Cuervo, orange juice, triple sec, wildberry syrup, and blackberries build a terrific drink. It’s a must-try.
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