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National Margarita Day official? Maybe. But who cares. Celebrate Feb. 22!

on 27/01/12 at 11:18 am

Booze News





Congress has finally convened and proclaimed the way our Founding Fathers intended them to –

BEHOLD, Wednesday, February 22, 2012 – National Margarita Day. Those pesky Margie lobbyists made their way inside the hallowed halls of Congress and emerged with yet another special interest victory.  Care to ask how many margaritas went down the gullets of our elected officials before this day became “national”?  Apparently, the lobby fell just short of its goal, but we can still unofficially call 5 in the PM – “Margie-O-Clock” … The Beverage Information Group (one of those shadowy beverage concerns with ties to multi-national drinks) informs us that a guy named “Willie” came up with the margarita back in 1934. This information sounds only slightly better than some of my sophomore-in-high-school research papers I used to turn in. A barkeep named “Willie”? That’s your story? Wow. What information is sacred, is where in LA to get the drink cheap on its national day of pouring. 

Casa Azul Cantina, newly opened in Los Angeles and inspired by the original Casa Azul home of icons Frida Kahlo (she made the chick ‘stache hawt) and Diego Rivera in Coyoacán, Mexico, will extend its weekly Monday Margarita Madness for National Margarita Day with drinks starting at $3.95. Various specialty margaritas offered include the Cadillac Margarita created with tequila, triple sec, sweet & sour, Grand Marnier, and fresh lime juice; Agave Margarita is made with Cuervo Tradicional, agave syrup, sweet & sour, triple sec, and fresh lime juice; Clasica Margarita with tequila, triple sec, sweet & sour, and fresh lime juice; and the Strawberry or Mango Margarita. http://www.casaazulcantina.com/

Casa Vega, Los Angeles’ favorite 55-year-old (that’s virtually pre mesozoic by LA standards) Mexican restaurant will be offering margaritas at happy hour pricing ($5-$8) all-day long on National Margarita Day including Ray Vega’s award-winning Casa Vega Margarita, ($4.95) available Original or with Cranberry; Cadillac Margarita, ($8.41) made with Cuervo 1800, lime, triple sec, and Grand Marnier; and the Blood Orange Margarita, ($7.60) made with Patron Silver tequila, blood orange juice, agave nectar, and fresh lime. http://www.casavega.com/;


Rick Bayless’ Red O, is offering a special margarita flight created by Steve Calabro, the resident Mixologist and “Drink Slinger” (the actual titles he puts on his tax forms), in celebration of National Margarita Day. At $15 per person, the flight includes a Market Margarita, with muddled fresh cucumber and honeydew melon, Espolon Blanco tequila, lemon and lime juices; La Dama Margarita made with Tres Agaves Reposado tequila, serrano chile, mango grenadine, lime juice, and pomegranate liqueur, garnished with fresh pomegranate seeds; and the Alacran Margarita, made with Sauza Conmemorativo tequila, Veev Acai, Torres orange liqueur, fresh limonada, and serrano-infused syrup. http://www.redorestaurant.com/

You can fight Congress, or you can join them in National harmony on February 22, 2012.  Or wait until Cinco de Mayo and drink them with more historical context than just “Willie” …

Posted by BoozeNews intrepid reporter D.R. Stewart

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