We don’t need a whole day to celebrate one of our favorite cocktails but we’re happy to enjoy it either way and so today, on National Margarita Day, we’re highlighting some of our favorite margaritas from Latinx-owned restaurants. Not only is tequila a big part of our culture but there have been studies showing that agave, a main ingredient in tequila, can actually benefit the body. We researched some unique and fun margaritas that Latinx-owned restaurants have to offer, and you will not be disappointed. Two standouts include the horchata margarita that’s literally fire from El Ranchero in Claremont, California and there’s the Chili-Mango Margarita from Avila’s El Ranchito in Seal Beach, California among others. So whether you’re looking for a Mexican restaurant to try or just making margaritas at home, look no further than these 10 spots throughout the U.S. and even Puerto Rico and Canada for major margarita inspo.
Margarita Flight from King & Queen Cantina
Started by Jorge Cueva, aka Mr. Tempo, King and Queen Cantina has margaritas that look and taste like summer. Their margarita flight has five different flavors: cucumber, watermelon, pomegranate, Gardez, and mango. You really can’t go wrong with this margarita flight or any margarita on their menu.
Address: 1490 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
The Dakota from Casa Vega
Casa Vega recently received James Beard recognition because of their excellent work as a family-owned restaurant and they’re famous in LA for their margaritas. Many celebrities head there for quality Mexican food and unique margaritas and it lives up to the hype. The restaurant teamed up with actress Dakota Fanning to create the Dakota: a margarita made with Don Julio Reposado, thyme, honey, and fresh lime juice. In June of 2021, profits from the Dakota margarita were sent to the Not Us Without You organization to provide food security to undocumented hospitality workers and their families.
Address: 13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
La Morada from Don Julio Mexican Kitchen
Are you looking to try something new? Check out La Morada from Don Julio Mexican Kitchen. With Avion Silver tequila, butterfly simple syrup, citrus flavors, and sparkling wine you may never return to your basic strawberry margarita again. If you happen to stop by this gem in Orlando, Florida, pair your margarita with some of their unique ceviches for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
Various locations in Orlando, Florida
Horchata Margarita from El Ranchero
Known as The House of the Margaritas in Claremont, California, El Ranchero offers a lengthy menu of delicious margaritas including their signature handcrafted Horchata Margarita. This sweet drink is made from scratch on a daily basis with fresh ingredients. Once you place your order, get ready to post on all your social media sites because this beverage is on fire, literally.
Address: 984 W. Foothill Blvd. Claremont, CA 91711
Mango Habanero Margarita from El Michoacano Restaurant
Work your way over to El Michoacano Restaurant in Northern California, and bring friends because you’ll definitely want to share the experience with them. Order the Mango Habanero Margarita, a smoked drink made with sweet mango and spicy habanero.
Address: 6966 Chestnut St Gilroy, CA 95020
Chili-Mango Margarita from Avila’s El Ranchito
With the Chili-Mango margarita there are so many fun flavors in one drink created by Avila’s El Ranchito, a restaurant voted Best Mexican Restaurant by the LA Times. It’s made with Tosco Tequila Silver, lime juice, organic agave nectar, fresh mango puree, and chili and tajín so if you love a little heat mixed with a little sweetness, this one is for you.
Address: 209 Main St., Seal Beach, CA 90740
Pama Margarita from Hijole
You may actually feel like you’re on an island vacation with the Pama Margarita from Hijole because of the tequila, coconut, and a paleta de pama. You can order this drink on-the-rocks or frozen but it’s made with natural fruits to give you the best taste possible. The bright, purple color is what makes the Pama Margarita one of the most photogenic margaritas in Puerto Rico.
Address: 410 Calle Méndez Vigo, Dorado, 00646, Puerto Rico
Blood Orange Sunrise from Rosa Mexicano
So basically you’ll never look at orange juice the same again if you drink the Blood Orange Sunrise from Rosa Mexicano because they’ve created this agave margarita that has a nice kick but isn’t too acidic. The Casa Noble Crystal tequila, blood orange, orange juice, fresh lime, and chile salt rim makes this a perfect drink for Sunday brunch.
Various locations in New York, New Jersey, and Boston
Sangrita from Taco N Tequila
Taco N Tequila is a restaurant in Ontario, Canada that’s home to the 45 oz margarita — you read that correctly — in a variety of flavors including passion fruit and mango. They also have a Sangrita Margarita that is 32 ounces of home made red sangria and two frozen lime margaritas. If you’re all about going big then this is the place for you.
Address: 6405 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3Y6
Jalapeño Margarita from Javier’s Cantina
Javier’s Cantina make the Jalapeño Margarita with Reposado tequila, St. Germain, agave nectar, lime, and orange juice. It’s not overly sweet and it’s perfect if you like a little heat with your margarita. All of their margaritas are hand shaken and served on the rocks, which is exactly how classic margaritas should be made.
Address: 4301 La Jolla Village Dr Ste. 1000, San Diego, CA 92122