Shake Up Some Fun With 9 Magical Margaritas in Orlando
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Written by Nate Shelton, consumer content writer at Visit Orlando. He's an experienced journalist and native Floridian who enjoys the entertainment, cultural and culinary aspects of Orlando and Orange County.
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