National Margarita Day is Wednesday, February 22, 2017, and several chain restaurants plan to celebrate with drink specials for $2 to $3.
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, which claims title as the Official Restaurant of National Margarita Day, said they will have $3 Margaritas all day on Margarita Day.*
“Make the most of the day with specialty margaritas you won’t find anywhere else,” On the Border said in their announcement. “Our large variety of margaritas promises something for everyone! Frozen? On the rocks? Salt? No salt? Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong! So come celebrate with us on the day that honors what we can all agree is pretty much the best drink on either side of the border.” More details are at The OTB Margarita Day website.
Bahama Breeze has $2.22 Margaritas (since Margarita day is on 2-22) on Margarita Day. Bahama Breeze will also host “Margarita Mondays” at select locations now through April 9 with $5 Classic Margaritas all day plus live music and giveaways. The restaurant’s new Lava Lava ‘Rita – a fresh twist on a frozen margarita, featuring layers of mango, lemon and hibiscus – will also make its debut during the Viva la ’Rita celebration. For more information about Viva la ‘Rita, Bahama Breeze and the sweepstakes, visit www.bahamabreeze.com/vivalarita.
Beef O’Bradys has half off all fresh Margaritas to celebrate Margarita Day. The chain announced the special on Facebook.
At Black Angus, get premium Gold Strike Margaritas for $5. The handcrafted cocktail is made with Sauza Blue Reposado 100% Blue Agave Tequila and Patrón Citrónge Liqueur infused with fresh lime-agave mix. The $5 special is valid all day (2/22) in the BullsEye Bar at participating locations. More details are in This Announcement from Black Angus.
Cheeseburger and Paradise has $2.22 Margaritas on Margarita Day. More details at this Cheeseburger in Paradise website.
Chevy’s Fresh Mex has $5 Margaritas in their “Margarita Experience” on Margarita Day. The announcement is at the Chevys Home Page.
Chili’s has three Margaritas for $5 to celebrate Margarita Day. Choose from Presidente, Triple Berry Infused or Tropical Sunrise Margaritas. Chili’s announced the special on Facebook.
Margarita’s Mexican restaurants have a treat for anyone with “Marg” or “Rita” in their name (like Margaret or Dorita). On Margarita Day, they will receive a complimentary Margaritas Famous Taster (a chicken burrito, cheese enchilada and ground beef taco, served with Mexican rice and beans). The restaurant is also serving Tropical Margaritas. More details are on Facebook.
Margaritaville & LandShark Bar & Grill restaurants have $3.50 margaritas all day long. More details at: Margaritaville Margarita Day
Miller’s Ale House’s has $2 House and $5 Patron Silver Margaritas on Margarita Day. Miller’s announced the deal on the Miller’s Ale House Facebook page.
O’Charley’s has $4 House Margaritas on Margarita Day. The chain announced the deal on Facebook (video below).
Ruby Tequila’s restaurants have $1.50 Regular and $3.50 Grande margaritas on Margarita Day. More details at: Ruby Tequila Margarita Day Specials
Taco Cabana has Happy Hour sized margaritas for $1.50 today and every day, the chain announced on Facebook.
Tony Roma’s has $5 Classic Romaritas in the week leading up to Margarita Day. Get the $5 special February 15-21, 2017. Tony Roma’s announced the deal on their Specials Page.
* Price and participation may vary by location.
About Margaritas (from Wikipedia)
A margarita is a cocktail consisting of triple sec, tequila and lime or lemon juice, often served with salt or sugar on the rim of the glass. The drink is served shaken with ice (on the rocks), blended with ice (frozen margarita), or without ice (straight up). Although it has become acceptable to serve a margarita in a wide variety of glass types, ranging from cocktail and wine glasses to pint glasses and even large schooners, the drink is traditionally served in the eponymous margarita glass, a stepped-diameter variant of a cocktail glass or champagne coupe.
The IBA (IBA Official list of Cocktails) standard is 7:4:3, that is, 50% tequila, 29% Cointreau, 21% fresh lime juice.
The “Original Margarita” recipe as given by Cointreau on their website has less of their own sweet liquor: 1 part white tequila, 1/2 part Cointreau, and 1/2 part fresh squeezed lime juice.
Besides Cointreau, other orange-flavored liqueurs that might be used include Grand Marnier, Gran Gala, other brands of triple sec, or blue curaçao (yielding the blue margarita). When sweeter fruit juices or freshly puréed fruits are added to the margarita, the orange-flavored liqueur is often reduced or eliminated entirely. In addition to orange-flavored liqueurs, secondary liqueurs may occasionally be added to a cocktail, including melon-flavored or black raspberry-flavored. Other flavors include pineapple and watermelon.
Freshly squeezed lime juice is the key ingredient. The most common lime in the United States is the thick-skinned Persian lime. However, margaritas in Mexico are generally made with Mexican limes (Key limes). These are small, thin-skinned limes and have more tart and an often bitter flavor compared to Persian limes.
In addition to being shaken and served “up” like other cocktails, margaritas can also be served as a blended ice slush similar to other tropical-inspired mixed drinks like the hurricane or piña colada. This variant is known as a frozen margarita. The ingredients can be poured over crushed ice in a kitchen blender, or for larger establishments that serve many of these, a large quantity of a “house recipe” of frozen margarita can be kept in a machine designed specifically for the purpose (but also commonly used to serve non-alcoholic slush drinks); a cylinder leading to a pour spout is kept below freezing temperature, but an impeller within the cylinder constantly churns the mix so it can’t freeze solid, and so it dispenses as a thick half-frozen slush. The first frozen margarita machine was invented on May 11, 1971 by Dallas restaurateur Mariano Martinez. The machine was originally a soft-serve ice cream machine and now sits in the Smithsonian National Museum of History.
For an official Margarita Recipe visit the International Bartenders Association.