Shake Up Some Fun With 9 Magical Margaritas in Orlando

On National Margarita Day and all year long, unforgettable margaritas are waiting for you in Orlando.

On National Margarita Day and all year long, unforgettable margaritas are waiting for you in Orlando.

By Nate Shelton

Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day — are you ready to celebrate? Restaurants and nightspots throughout Orlando are, and they're bringing some truly amazing margaritas to the party. Shaken, blended or straight up, salted or not, here are nine Orlando margaritas you'll want to savor till the very last drop.

1. Not Everyone's Margarita at Paddlefish

Not Everyone’s Margarita at Paddlefish at Disney Springs
Not Everyone's Margarita at Paddlefish at Disney Springs

Housed in an iconic paddleboat anchored on Lake Buena Vista, Paddlefish is one of the best reasons to visit Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, particularly if you love seafood, steak ... and margaritas. Although this entry's name indicates it's not for everyone, it's definitely one of ours. Garnished with blackberries, jalapenos and black salt, it features a perfect blend of Nuestra Soledad mescal, Destilador tequila, Giffard Crème de Mure and ripe sour mix.

2. Señorita Margarita at Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit

Señorita Margarita at Tapa Toro in Orlando
Señorita Margarita at Tapa Toro in Orlando

This spicy lady has quickly become a house favorite at Tapa Toro, an authentic Spanish restaurant with live entertainment on International Drive. It combines smooth Avion Silver tequila with Torres orange liqueur and fresh-squeezed lime juice, before getting topped with a tangy cloud of blood-orange espuma and a spicy, chili-salt rim. Olé!

3. Bonitarita at Cevíche Tapas Bar & Restaurant

Bonitarita at Cevíche in Downtown Orlando
Bonitarita at Cevíche in Downtown Orlando

Located in downtown Orlando, Cevíche has a tasty tapas menu, weekly flamenco performances and an impressive selection of wines and craft cocktails. Featuring Exotico tequila, agave nectar, and lemon and lime juices, their Bonitarita also uses honey and Sriracha for a sweet-and-spicy kick. It's then rimmed with lime and chili powder, and garnished with lime and cilantro.

4. Cajun ‘Rita at Lafayette's

Cajun ‘Rita at Lafayette’s in Orlando
Cajun ‘Rita at Lafayette's in Orlando

It's Mexico by way of the bayou at this legendary Memphis eatery's International Drive location! The drink is made with Tequila Reposado, Ancho Reyes chili liqueur, sweet-and-sour mix, lime juice and orange juice. Next, they give it a Cajun rim with Old Bay seasoning, coarse ground pepper and kosher salt before topping it off with lime and a flaming jalapeno for a drink that's refreshingly spicy.

5. House Margarita at Bartaco

House Margarita at Bartaco in Orlando
House Margarita at Bartaco in Orlando

Inspired by worldwide beach culture, Bartaco is located in Orlando's Dr. Phillips neighborhood, no more than 15 minutes from SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort. Their house margarita is an example of perfect simplicity, blending well tequila and triple sec with fresh lime juice, agave syrup and a salted rim.

6. New Mexican Martini at Chuy's

New Mexican Martini at Chuy’s in Orlando
New Mexican Martini at Chuy's in Orlando

We know: This isn't supposed to be a spotlight on Orlando's martinis. But the ingredients in this variant of their Texas Martini are pure margarita, including green chile-infused El Jimador tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and sugar water. Presentation-wise, it's a straight-up martini, including two jalapeno-stuffed olives on a sword pick. You'll find Chuy's on International Drive in Orlando.

7. Blue Reef Margarita at Uno Pizzeria & Grill

Blue Reef Martini at Uno Pizzeria in Orlando
Blue Reef Martini at Uno Pizzeria in Orlando

Who says pizza joints can't celebrate National Margarita Day? Not Uno, which has a home in the convention district on International Drive. One of their newest adult beverages is also one of the most eye-catching. It's made with Exotico tequila, Cointreau, fresh lemon sour and pineapple juice — plus Swedish Fish gummy candy "swimming" inside!

8. Me and Julio Margarita at Bar Louie

Me and Julio Margarita at Bar Louie in Orlando
Me and Julio Margarita at Bar Louie in Orlando

It's no surprise that this award-winning collection of neighborhood bars is represented in a dining and entertainment epicenter like Orlando. Also unsurprising: Their signature take on the classic top-shelf margarita is delicious! It's made with Don Julio Silver tequila, Grand Marnier, agave nectar and fresh lemon, lime and orange juices — all of which makes it easier to convince yourself it's a health drink.

9. Hibiscus Margarita at Bahama Breeze Island Grille

Hibiscus Margarita at Bahama Breeze in Orlando
Hibiscus Margarita at Bahama Breeze in Orlando

This Caribbean-influenced family of restaurants has local outposts on International Drive near the Orange County Convention Center, and in Lake Buena Vista close to Walt Disney World. Both are offering classic margaritas for just $2.22 on Feb. 22, but for a cocktail that's a little more exotic, check out this winner. It's made with 1800 Reposado tequila, hibiscus tea, simple syrup and margarita mix, and garnished with pineapple sugar and lime slices.

Variety Is the Spice of Life in Orlando

We obviously have good reason to love margaritas in Orlando, but no matter what your favorite cocktail is, you'll find incredible examples of it during your next visit. To learn more about our nightlife and entertainment options, visit our website. Found a margarita you love in Orlando? Share it with us on Instagram and Twitter!

Cover image credit: Margaritas at Bahama Breeze Island Grille

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Nate Shelton
Written by Nate Shelton, Consumer Content Writer at Visit Orlando. He’s a native Floridian who appreciates the entertainment, historical and culinary aspects of Orlando and Orange County.

 

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