Friday is National Margarita Day, and we’ve come up with some options that might be a little less traditional for enjoying this classic Mexican cocktail.
Get the seasonal Avocado Margarita, made with Lunazul Reposado, fresh lime, agave, and avocado, or try a flight of their house tequilas including the San Matias Extra Añejo. On top of drinks, Puesto also incorporates tequila in their food menu items such as the nopales and lime gelato topped off with a shot of tequila. Los Olivos Marketplace, 8577 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine; Park Place Irvine, 3311 Michelson Drive, Irvine, eatpuesto.com
The Blind Pig
Enjoy “A Damn Good Margarita,” a summer cocktail made with 2-year-old Añejo tequila, Licor 43, orange bitters, agave, and lime. Pair it with their braised short rib tacos. 31431 Santa Margarita Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949-888-0072, theblindpigoc.com
And here are some spots we tried for Cinco de Mayo, where creative margaritas are the rule.
Reader Raves: Margaritas
We asked our Instagram followers
for their favorite margarita in Orange County.
Sol Agave, San Juan Capistrano
“The cilantro cucumber margarita @solagave is so refreshing and delicious with fresh cilantro and strips of cucumber that will delight your taste buds!” —@t_beythoun
180Blu, Dana Point
“Tamarind‑Togarashi Margarita at 180blu at The Ritz‑Carlton, Laguna Niguel” —@maegan_elisabeth
Ola Mexican Kitchen, Huntington Beach
“Watermelon jalapeno margarita from Ola. Refreshing, with a kick.” —@curlfitness
“Hands down the best is: @urbanaanaheim.” —@mauriceparada
Splashes, Laguna Beach
“The watermelon margarita at Surf and Sand Resort!!! Amaaaaaazinggggg.” —@brandinebarclay