Calling all margarita lovers: Thursday, Feb. 22, is for you. The day is known as National Margarita Day, and it's the perfect excuse to hit the town and enjoy the region's best beverages created with tequila. But where should you visit while you're in the basin? Don't worry — we've compiled a list of places to check out on this one-of-a-kind holiday.
Azul Latin Kitchen — Those well-versed in Tahoe's nightlife scene know that this is the spot to go for tequila, which means it's an ideal location to spend National Margarita Day. The restaurant has nine specialty margaritas ranging in flavor: Some, like the Smokey Jalapeño, are made with peppers, while others, such as the Wild Hibiscus, are more fruity and floral.
Azul's margaritas are served in multiple sizes: Grab a glass for yourself, or bring your friends and share a pitcher. The restaurant is located in Heavenly Village at 1001 Heavenly Village Way. Learn more at http://www.azullatinkitchen.com.
The Cantina Bar & Grill — This establishment has called South Shore home since the 1970s, and is a favorite eatery for Mexican cuisine. The specialty margarita menu features eight listings, including the restaurant's signature Cantinarita, which blends Sauza Conmemorativo and Cointreau, and the 1800 Top Shelf — with Cuervo 1800 Reposado and Cointreau, it's a smooth taste you can't help but enjoy.
Like Azul, The Cantina's margaritas come in pints or pitchers, so bring your friends and get tasting. The Cantina is found at 765 Emerald Bay Road. Additional information is available at http://www.cantinatahoe.com.
Latin Soul Restaurant — Latin Soul serves traditional margaritas as well as Coronaritas (margaritas served with a Coronita). Concoctions include the eclectic Strawberry-Sriracha (Corralejo Tequila, strawberry puree, Sriracha, simple syrup and a Coronita) and the Kiwi Jalapeño (Tanteo jalapeño-infused tequila, muddled fresh kiwi and organic agave nectar), among a handful of others.
The restaurant is located inside Lakeside Inn and Casino. Check out http://www.lakesideinn.com for more information, or visit the establishment in person at 168 U.S. 50 in Stateline.
Chimayó — The eatery specializes in Mexican BBQ cuisine (along with tacos and tortas), and its Fresh Pressed Margarita is one worth trying. While it isn't created with tequila, the blend of agave wine, triple sec, lime juice and simple syrup is a refreshing, sweet concoction that is on par with a standard margarita you'd find elsewhere.
Chimayó is located at 1142 Ski Run Blvd., and additional details are available online at http://www.chimayotahoe.com.
Margaritas Mexican Cafe — What's National Margarita Day without a trip to a restaurant with the drink itself in the name? Margaritas serves up a classic drink on the rocks that pairs well with its entire food menu.
Visit the establishment in person at 2494 Lake Tahoe Blvd.