Friday Favorites: National Margarita Day
It’s only natural America’s most popular cocktail ordered by the pitcher should have its own national day. Margarita Day falls on February 22 each yea, and to celebrate, I am bringing you my favorite margs and recipes! If there is one thing a good Texas gal knows is Tex-Mex and Margs! Although the exact origin of the cocktail is still disputed, you can read all about it here, but if you’re just here for the alcohol, read on.
Now, if you are from around these parts, i.e. Dallas/Fort Worth then you have inevitably heard about or had one of the famous margaritas from Joe T. Garcia’s. And if you haven’t and are ever down this way, you should. You will find it at the top of most “best” margarita lists.
This house margarita is known to knock you on your butt and is best served by the pitcher. Now, as to what goes in said tasty beverage—well that secret has been kept with the Lancarte family for over 80 years.
And while we are on Fort Worth, let’s peruse some of my other local favorites.
1.) Chuy's: The Austin-based chain now has locations in 15 states. The traditional rocks ‘rita is probably the freshest, lime-iest tasting of the bunch.
2.) La Playa Maya: Enjoy an extremely traditional frozen Mayarita at three Fort Worth locations.
3.) Reata Restaurant: One of the few places in town that can beat the view at Joe T.'s. If you've got an extra $50 to blow, sample the Billionaire margarita, with Don Julio 1942 anejo tequila and Grand Marnier 1880. Or try the Habanero margarita if you're feeling a little spicy.
4.) Taco Diner: $5 margaritas during happy hour with a nice street-side view of Sundance Square Plaza at the original Fort Worth location, or a view of the beautiful Waterside commons in the west Fort Worth location (which is conveniently walking distance from my house).
5.) Yucatan Taco Stand: The chain's first location on Magnolia Ave set the bar high for the other locations scattered throughout Texas. The place offers 75 kinds of tequila to mix with your choice of flavors. Do we need to say more?
6.) Blue Mesa: The bar offers all manner of fruit-flavored margaritas, including a pumpkin ‘rita. Their signature blue margarita will cost a mere $2 for either frozen or rocks on National Margarita Day (limit two per customer).
7.) Los Vaqueros: There are two Fort Worth locations; in the Stockyards and near TCU. Along with the traditional margaritas, try the Frogarita, a hybrid made with purple liqueur in honor of the Cisneros family's favorite team, hint hint its TCU.
8.) Rio Mambo: Home of the Fort Worth Mag-arita, an 18-ounce margarita topped with a shot of Grand Marnier and a champagne split.
Inspired to whip up some tacos and a batch of margs tonight in honor the big day? Here are my favorite margarita recipes!