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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!