Photo by lindsay Cotter on Unsplash12 Ways We’re Celebrating National Tequila Day on July 24 (+ All Weekend Long) Locale Magazine Editors July 23, 2020 Spread the loveShare This List With Your Quaranteam Written By: Kaylin Waizinger National Tequila Day Whether you’re hosting at home or looking for a place to celebrate National Tequila Day this Friday (July 24), we’ve got the watering holes, recipes and cocktail kits to make your holiday one to remember. From handcrafted cocktails on a local restaurant’s patio to DIY margarita kits, here are the best ways to celebrate your love for tequila in Southern California. For the… Social Sipper National Tequila Day 7 Spots in SoCal to Enjoy Tequila Al Fresco 1 | Descanso Order This: Mi Corazón Photography Provided By: Descanso Costa Mesa’s Descanso offers a delicious menu of authentic Mexican street food that’s served in a relaxed al fresco setting. Grab your quaranteam and choose from a variety of handcrafted cocktails such as the Mi Corazón, made with Villa One Silver Tequila, agave, blood orange, pomegranate, passionfruit and lemon. Descanso 1555 Adams Ave, Ste 103 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.486.3798 2 | Playa Mesa Order This: Margarita de la Casa Photography By: Dan Dobi Voted OC’s best margarita in 2019, Playa Mesa is the place to go for a top selection of flavored margaritas. From the spicy cucumber to their tamarindo marg, you can’t go wrong with one of these fresh and boozy beverages. Playa Mesa 428 E 17th St Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.287.5292 3 | Casero Taqueria Order This: Sayulita Cocktail and Ceviche Photography Provided By: Casero Taqueria Photography Provided By: Casero Taqueria Aside from Casero Taqueria’s trendy Baja-inspired decor, this Carlsbad restaurant offers tequila tasting flights and specialty cocktails with a modern twist. Pair the Sayulita (hibiscus-infused Silencio mezcal, Ancho Reyes, pressed lemon and spicy carrot) with a Chicken Milanesa Torta and you’ve got yourself an “ecstatic” hour. Casero Taqueria 2674 Gateway Rd, Ste 195 Carlsbad, CA 92009 760.405.4195 4 | Trevor’s at the Tracks Order This: Don’t Throw Mama From The Train Take your tequila tasting to the tracks where you can sip on Don’t Throw Mama From The Train in San Juan Capistrano’s historic train depot. With Milagro Silver, hibiscus liqueur, agave nectar and serrano peppers, we’re all aboard with this cocktail. Trevor’s at the Track’s 26701 Verdugo St San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 949.493.9593 5 | Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar Order This: The Cannonball Photography Provided By: Anne Watson Photography Provided By: Anne Watson With margaritas on draft and a selection of over 70 tequilas, 50 mezcals and more than 300 spirits, you can find whatever you’re looking for at Puesto. The Cannonball, made with El Silencio mezcal, apricot liqueur, pineapple, fresh-squeezed lime juice and Angostura bitters, is a refreshing choice and a great way to celebrate this national holiday! Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar Mission Valley | La Jolla | Marina | Irvine 6 | Fia Santa Monica National Tequila Day Order This: “Shots and Sips” Tequila Flight Photography Provided By: Fia Santa Monica Photography Provided By: Fia Santa Monica In the heart of Santa Monica, Fia will be celebrating National Tequila Day by offering “Shots and Sips” specials that will feature tequila flights starting at $35. Offering a stunning outdoor garden dining space, guests can enjoy dinner and happy hour specials from the menu, highlighting fresh, seasonal ingredients inspired by California and Italian coastal cuisine from celebrated Chef Brendan Collins. Fia Santa Monica 2454 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90403 424.280.4196 7 | Gracias Madre Order This: Paloma Photography Provided By: Gracias Madre Enjoy a tasty Paloma cocktail with grapefruit ponche sorbet, vermouth blanc, lime, blanco tequila, salt and soda on the elegant outdoor patio of Gracias Madre. Sip your worries away and don’t forget: stay six feet away! Gracias Madre Newport Beach | West Hollywood For the… At-Home Happy Hour National Tequila Day 5 Ways to Sip in the Comfort of Your Home 1 | Cocktails To Go Photography Provided By: On one Photography Provided By: On one Palm Springs’ Eight4Nine is bringing the bar to you! Order a bottle (or two) of house-mixed margarita to go, pour over ice and enjoy with your quaranteam! Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge 849 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.325.8490 2 | Recipe Inspo National Tequila Day Photography Provided By: Milagro Tequila Photography Provided By: Milagro Tequila Photography Provided By: Milagro Tequila Practice your bartending skills with a bottle of Milagro Tequila. Their website has a slew of delicious cocktail recipes that you can make at home. Here is one of our summer favorites to get you started—The Mayan Mule! Ingredients 2 parts Milagro Reposado 1/2 part fresh lime juice 2 dashes Angostura bitters 3 parts ginger beer Lime wheel Mint sprig How to Make Place 2-3 ice cubes in a Collins glass. Add fresh squeezed lime juice, Milagro Reposado, ginger beer and bitters. Garnish with mint sprig and a lime wheel. (Then cheers!) 3 | DIY Margarita Kit Photography Provided By: Innovative Dining Group. Practice your bartending skills at home this National Tequila Day! Sushi Roku in Pasadena is offering a DIY Margarita Kit for delivery or takeout, which includes housemade margarita mix, limes and your choice of tequila (750ml bottle). Choose from Patron Silver Tequila, Don Julio Silver Tequila, Casamigos Silver Tequila, Azunia Reposado Tequila or Casamigos Reposado Tequila. Sushi Roku 33 Miller Alley Pasadena, CA 91103 626.683.3000 4 | Crack Open a Can National Tequila Day Photography Provided By: Brian Closs Photography Provided By: Brian Closs Photography Provided By: Brian Closs Ranch Rider Spirits Co., the company that canned Austin’s famous drink, Ranch Water—a cocktail comprised of tequila, sparkling water and fresh-squeezed lime—offers a refreshing and natural alternative to malt-liquor-based “seltzers.” Crack open a couple cans and enjoy the summer weather. Whether you’re by the pool, in your backyard or at the beach, these little cans are the perfect way to celebrate! 5 | Pura Vida! National Tequila Day Photography Provided By: Max Milla Nosotros Tequila, a small-batch agave spirits brand, has been a tequila of choice all quarantine long. Whether you’re in the mood for shots or crafting up a cocktail, Nosotros satisfies. Need some inspo? Try making the refreshing One in a Melon. Ingredients 2 oz Nosotros Blanco 6 watermelon chunks 3 mint leaves 1 oz lime juice .5 oz agave nectar How to Make Muddle 3 mint leaves in a shaker. Add watermelon chunks and muddle. Add Nosotros, lime, agave and ice. Shake, strain and pour over ice. Garnish with a mint leaf, enjoy!