Frozen or on the rocks, tart or sweet, margaritas are as popular as a cocktail can get. Every February 22, we come together for National Margarita Day to pay homage to our favorite celebratory cocktail. his year, National Margarita Day, falls on the most “Twosday” ever — Feb. 22 or 2/22/22 — and we’ve gathered a list of places in Frisco where you can celebrate. The palindromic day, reading the same forwards as back, also coincides with Taco Tuesday, making for the perfect dinner combination.
The margarita — triple sec, tequila, and lime juice — was created in 1938 in Mexico and is widely considered the official drink of having fun. It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, and that’s never truer than on National Margarita Day. So get out a shaker, pull out your frozen margarita machine, or head to your local watering hole and order a margarita. Up, on ice, or on the rocks, you can’t go wrong. On Tuesday, February 22, restaurants nationwide will be celebrating National Margarita Day with seriously delicious deals and discounts.
A few places in most metro areas will be celebrating with margarita specials throughout the day. At area Bahama Breeze Island Grille locations, classic margaritas are $5 each all day. On the Border locations will have $5 Midori Melon margaritas all day. For an extra 40 cents, you can add a shot of Grand Marnier to celebrate the chain’s 40th anniversary. At Ruby Tuesday they have $2 deals on Tuesday including its mini margaritas. Other $2 specials are domestic draft beers, Ruby Relaxers, garden bar add-on and dessert add-ons for $2 each with the purchase of an entrée.
is offering discounted margaritas while donating to an amazing cause. To celebrate National Margarita Day 2022, Abuelo’s is offering $2 off their infamous El Jefe Margarita. For each regularly priced premium margarita, Abuelo’s will donate $2 to No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit dedicated to ending world hunger in the US!
Artango Bar and Steakhouse
in Lincoln Square will offer $7 margaritas (choice of lime, mango, or raspberry) from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Arrive early for happy hour, featuring $9 Argentine bar bites (chorizo sandwich; lomito steak sandwich; empanadas; pizza a la parilla) from 5-7 p.m.
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar
This burger chain will be offering two Bad Ass Margs for $15 on February 22 in honor of National Margarita Day.
National Margarita Day is also a day that celebrates a rather unique sequence of numbers. Bahama Breeze is celebrating with “two” ways for guests to get festive, island-style, on February 22. Either enjoy $5 Classic Margaritas in-restaurant or for the“guest-on-the-go,” get a MAR-GO-RITA, featuring a 7-ounce pour of the restaurant’s Classic Margarita served in a to-go pouch (available where allowed).
This trendy taco chain is also celebrating the holiday in an appropriate fashion. While they’re not offering any deals for margaritas, the restaurant announced that it will release 5 different flavored cocktails in honor of National Margarita Day. Those cocktails have yet to be announced.
in River North will feature $5 Casa Ritas all day (11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.) on Friday, February 22. The signature ‘rita is made with Pepe Lopez Silver tequila, cointreau and squeezed lemon and lime juices. In addition to the Casa Rita, Cantina Laredo offers a bevy of Latin libations including the Rosarita, Cabo Flip, Cucumber Chili Rita, Hornitos Skinny Rita, Tajin Watermelon margarita and more.
Chevys Fresh Mex
The fresh Mex destination is offering two House Margs and two Taco Tuesday baskets (3 tacos per basket) for $22 starting at 3 pm on National Margarita Day. These made to-order-tacos come with the choice of chicken, carnitas or steak.
On February 22, you can order up a $3 House Margarita, $6 Presidente Margarita, or $7 Premium Margarita. For those still in a loving mood, their Margarita of the Month ,the Grand Romance ‘Rita, is $5. The bar and grill chain will be taking part in the festivities all month as they launch their new “Grand Romance ‘Rita.” Made with Grand Marnier, Lunazul Tequila, and Monin Gourmet Flavored Syrups, the new margarita will be offered for the whole month of February.
Live large by adding just $2 to turn any regular House Rocks or Frozen ‘Rita into a Grande size, and get a commemorative cup as a gift to take home. There will also be $1 tequila floater deals for anyone wishing to add extra tequila to that margarita.
It’s always good to have a snack with those cocktails, and this chain will be offering $2.22 build-your-own tacos and $6 House Margaritas (regularly $8.50) starting at 3 pm.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
will serve $5 18-ounce House FuzzyRitas, frozen or on the rocks.
On the Border
Last month, the chain launched a new margarita variation called the “Melon ‘Rita.” This cocktail is their original House Margarita topped off with Midori Melon Liqueur to give it a sweeter taste. The drink is available for dine-in and is only $5. On the Border will be offering a $5 House Margarita special on Feb. 22 for National Margarita Day. According to Taste of Home, a House Margarita, also known as a Classic Margarita, only consists of fresh lime, Triple Sec, and tequila of your choice but preferably silver.
Timothy O’Tooles Pub
in Streeterville will serve their O’Toole’s signature margarita for $6 all day (11 a.m.-4 a.m.). The tequila and lime libation is made with Casa Nobles Crystal tequila, tres agaves organic sour mix and fresh lime juice.
LIME Fresh Mexican Grill
Those named Margarita or Rita are in luck on National Margarita Day because they’ll score a free margarita! Everyone else can enjoy $5 margs all day long.
Sugar Factory American Brasserie
Those looking to up the party mood can get a free tequila shot with any margarita goblet purchase at participating Sugar Factory restaurants on National Margarita Day.
At this neighborhood cantina that has been serving margaritas for more than 50 years, try a local legend with the Infamous Frozen Blues. For National Margarita Day, they’re $6 each. You may buy by the quart ($25) or gallon ($100) as well.
Hours of Operation: 11 am – 10 pm
Hopdoddy is celebrating National Margarita Day by giving away 4-ounce Margaritas to customers. If consumers like the sample, the Doble Fina margarita, a bigger version of the cocktail, is available for $9.75.
Open From: 11 am – 11 pm
Head over to TC with a buddy, colleague, or even your next-door neighbor for $2 Margaritas.
Open From: 6 am – 10 pm
Milagro Margaritas are $6 each at this hip and eccentric taco shop. Try it with chips and Cerveza queso, Spanish Ribs in a sweet chipotle sauce, shrimp ceviche, or any of the eight taco variations, including barbacoa, carnitas, portobello, and al pastor.
Timings: 4 pm – 2 am
HISTORY OF NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY
The earliest occurrence of the famed cocktail was in 1938 by the father of the drink Carlos “Danny” Herrera. He made it in his restaurant located in Baja California, for a famous customer named Marjorie King, a dancer on the hit American theatrical broadway “Ziegfeld follies” because she was allergic to spirits but not tequila — and just like that our beloved drink was born.
The problem is, Herrera isn’t the only person to claim to be the OG margarita maker. One of them was Francisco “Pancho” Morales who was a bartender in Mexico, who first mixed the cocktail in 1942 in Juárez, Mexico and then left to become a US citizen and work as a milkman for 25 years. He has the backing of the official Mexican newspaper — Notimex.
The wildest story is this last one. Margarita Sames, a Dallas “higher class” citizen, believed she created the drink in her vacation home for her guests in Acapulco, Mexico in 1948. Tommy Hilton (yes… that Hilton) who was friends with Margarita attended the party, and then brought it back to his hotel chains and put it on the menu. But before he could even breath, Jose Cuervo, of the famous tequila brand, claimed he was already running ad campaigns for the drink in 1945, with the catchphrase, “Margarita: It’s more than a girl’s name.” Regardless of where the drink was first made, one thing is for certain — everyone was having fun.
Thankfully, margaritas come in a ton of different varieties, it’s not a surprise why 76% of Americans enjoy a nice margarita. From strawberry and peach to mango and berry, to slightly stronger drinks with beer, to even having healthier versions like skinny margaritas and sportier cocktails (just swap out the triple sec for a Gatorade). It doesn’t matter if you’re at a bar, at home on the sofa or just finished an important meeting; grab the nearest fruit, tequila, triple sec and mix that baby up to the rhythm of “one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor”. But do drink responsibly, too much tequila has been known T’kill’ya!
NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY BY NUMBERS
1937 – the year when the margarita was first mentioned in print.
185,000 – the number of margaritas consumed per hour by Americans in 2008.
8,500 gallons – the serving of the largest margarita in the world.
300 hours – the time it took to create the largest margarita in the world.
$120 – the price of the world’s most expensive margarita.
$30,00 – the price of a margarita that came with a pair of diamond earrings.
56% – the percentage of US consumers who pick the margarita as their top drink of choice.
$9.49 – the average price drinkers are prepared to pay for a margarita.
2019 – the year when the margarita was America’s favorite cocktail.
44% – the percentage of people who enjoy tequila as the base for cocktails.