National Margarita Day

Wood Ranch Cadiallac Margarita (courtesy photo)

February 22nd is National Margarita Day, so whether you prefer yours on the rocks or frozen, sip on some of the best tequila-based beverages at these San Diego hot spots.

Head up to Oceanside for Jalisco Cantina’s CaliFuego Margarita, made with CaliFino Reposado, fresh orange and lime, orange curacao, rosé syrup, bell pepper and jalapeño. A little bit of spice goes a long way in this specialty drink, that showcases some of the restaurant’s finest tequila. Named for a region in Mexico that sources the best tequilas in the world, Jalisco Cantina also serves small plates including tacos, salads and desserts.

Escape from the hustle and bustle of the Gaslamp nightlife by checking out ginger’s, located just below barleymash. This upbeat cocktail lounge, featuring karaoke every Tuesday evening, serves a variety of martinis and sophisticated cocktails including the Downtown Chancho. This margarita is made with Herradura Reposado Tequila, which gives off the sweet aroma of vanilla and caramel, along with fresh pineapple, jalapeño, agave and lime. Ginger’s is the perfect spot to catch up with friends or spend a night out listening to live music while imbibing in some of San Diego’s best cocktails.

Although Wood Ranch specializes in high-quality, signature dishes like Premium American Babyback Pork Ribs, they also boast an extensive cocktail list from which guests can wet their whistle. There is no better place to spend National Margarita Day than at a restaurant with margaritas listed as the house specialty! Try the Cadiallac Margarita, a refreshing symphony of citrus flavors and premium spirits crafted with Cabo Wabo Reposado tequila and Grand Marnier. Wood Ranch also has a guilt-free, naturally skinny Sofia’s Elegante Margarita, made with Partida Anejo Tequila, agave nectar and freshly-squeezed lime juice.

Stop by South Park’s Del Sur Mexican Cantina to enjoy quality Mexican food with a margarita or two this February 22nd! With both vegetarian and vegan options, along with over six different margaritas, everyone is sure to find something they’ll love at this quant neighborhood eatery. A unique take on the classic tequila drink, Del Sur’s Mango Chili Margarita is the perfect blend of fruit and spice. Concocted with 100 percent agave tequila reposado, mango, pineapple, lime and triple sec, the housemade serrano shrub is what really packs a punch. From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., enjoy $6 margaritas or $30 pitchers during Happy Hour!

Located just off the corner of Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard in Pacific Beach, Backyard Kitchen & Tap is a destination spot serving made-from-scratch plates, local brews and craft cocktails. Raise a glass to National Margarita Day with their Black Widow Marg, a refreshing mix of Herradura Double Barrel, orange liqueur, lemon, lime, agave, mine and blackberry. Backyard’s patio is lined with outdoor cabanas and cozy fire pits, so afternoons and evenings can be spent outside no matter the temperature.