It's National Margarita Day! We've pulled together a list of the some of the Village's best spots to graba great margarita!
First, a brief history lesson! A commonly accepted origin story of the Margarita is that it was invented in October 1941, at Hussong's Cantina in Ensenada, Mexico, by bartender Don Carlos Orozco. One afternoon, Margarita Henkel, the daughter of the then German ambassador visited the cantina and Don Carlos who had been experimenting with drinks offered her one. The cocktail consisted of equal parts of tequila, Mexican orange liqueur called Controy and lime, shaken and served over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. As she was the first to try the drink, Don Carlos decided to name it after her and the "Margarita" was born.
There are also claims that the margarita was first mixed in Juárez, Mexico at Tommy's Place Bar on July 4, 1942 by Francisco "Pancho" Morales. Morales later left bartending in Mexico to become a US citizen, where he worked as a milkman for 25 years. Mexico's official news agency Notimex and many experts have said Morales has the strongest claim to having invented the margarita.
There are also several other variations on the origins of the margarita, save that discussion for the bar, here's where you need to go!!
La Contenta Oeste, 78 West 11th Street
Village newcomer La Contenta Oeste feature a warming, spicy happy hour margarita called Margarita Del Oeste featuring Tequila Blanco, Triple sec, fresh lime juice and jalapeño-infused agave nectar. For their complete happy hour food and drink menue, clikc here.
Tortaria, 94 University Place
There are over 14 different margaritas on the menu including the 'Prickly Pear', the 'Bamba' and the 'Flakita' (skinny girl) made with spicy serrano peppers! They also have a great torta and taco menu!
El Cantinero, 86 University Place
A lively Mexican themed bar with endless bites and they'll make your margarita in any shape or form you desire!
Horchata de Neuva York, 470 Sixth Avenue
Loring Place, 21 West 8th Street
Loring Place on West 8th Street feature their very own twist on the margarita made with Pasote Blanco Tequila and lime salt. See their full cocktail menu here.
For a comprehensive list of dozens of other bars around the Village that are mixing margaritas, click here.