Ok, mamas, you need a break. A little you-time to unwind with your girlfriends or have that date night you’ve been meaning to get around to. So call the sitter, because this Friday is the night to do it. Why? Because this Friday—February 22nd—is National Margarita Day!
Whether it’s on the rocks, frozen, salt-rimmed, or with added fruity flavors—margaritas are pretty delicious any way they come and something this refreshing and tasty is definitely worth celebrating! So use National Margarita Day as an excuse to get out of the house for a kid-free evening and enjoy some grown-up time!
New cocktails are constantly emerging and drinks go in and out of fashion, but the margarita is a classic that has been around since the 1930’s. It’s a mystery as to who actually created it, but the main ingredients have always been tequila, Triple Sec, and lime juice. Many of today’s bartenders get creative with new takes on the classic recipe and National Margarita Day is an opportunity to try some of the many variations.
Several Raleigh restaurants and bars will be honoring the green lady this Friday by offering discounts and specialty drinks. Here are some places where you can join in the celebration!
bartaco, 4121 Main at North Hills Street: National Margarita Day launches their annual “Margarita March”, which features a special lineup of five-innovative, handcrafted margaritas, changing each week through March 31st. On Friday, try the “Ernesto en Jalisco”, a creative twist on the traditional margarita, combining Luxardo Maraschino with the bright citrus of grapefruit cordial and garnished with a ruby red grapefruit slice.
Centro and Gallo Pelón Mezcaleria, 106 South Wilmington Street: This downstairs/upstairs restaurant and bar will be celebrating together with six margarita variations, a large-format margarita for groups, and deconstructed margarita shot flights. It’s sure to be a party as they’ll also be saying goodbye to the founding barman and beverage director for Gallo Pelón.
Chubby’s Tacos, 2444 Wycliff Road, Raleigh: Try the Chubby Cadillac margarita—a mix of Corralejo Reposado tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh lime, and a splash of sour mix—for the special price of $2.22.
Chuy’s, 4020 Market at North Hills Street: $1 off top shelf skinny margaritas and $1 floaters all day. Go between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and enjoy your margarita with their free, fully-loaded Nacho Car!
Dos Taquitos, 6101 Glenwood Avenue: House margarita, frozen or on the rocks, for $4. Or get fancy with their Chamborita, a frozen house margarita with a floater of Chambord for $6.
Jose and Sons, 327 West Davie Street, Suite 102: Have some fun with your own “Design Your Margarita” card, which will let you choose between tequilas or a smoky mescal, different flavors like strawberry-serrano, grilled pineapple, and “Hot Tamale” red bell pepper, and a rim style for your glass. Their traditional Public margarita will start at $8.
La Rancherita Crabtree, 4325 Glenwood Avenue: Select margaritas for only $5.
La Santa Modern Mexican Food, 222 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 107: Their signature margarita, the La Santa, will be on special for $6.
The Original Flying Burrito, 4800 Grove Barton Road, Suite 106: Get their Grande House Margaritas for $5 or a Grande Specialty Margaritas for $6. They’re partnering with Hornitos and Sauza for the celebration and will also be offering a $10 Hornitos tequila flight, featuring Silver, Reposado, Black Barrel, and Cristalino tequilas, and a specialty Sauza margarita for $8.50.
Torero’s, 3002 Leland Drive: Pitchers of margaritas on the rocks for just $12.99 each.
Virgil’s Original Taqueria, 126 South Salisbury Street: $2 off all margaritas.
Know a great place for margaritas that isn’t listed here?
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