In honor of National Tequila Day, here are three great spots in Orange County to celebrate the drink derived from the blue agave plant.
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
El Mercado Modern Cuisine
Order the Ay Madre, one of their signature cocktails made with Desmadre Tequila Blanco, mescal, hibiscus shrub, lemon, and a watermelon-and-chile lollipop garnish. Today, they are offering $5 shots of their house tequilas (El Charro Tequila Blanco, Los Tres Toños Tequila Blanco, and Partida Tequila Blanco), $5 margaritas (Tamarindo Margarita, Classic Margarita, and the Paloma), as well as their weekly Taco Tuesday special (3 for $10). 301 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, 714-338-2446, mercadomodern.com
The Blind Pig
Enjoy “A Damn Good Margarita,” a summer cocktail made with two-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