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Celebrate National Margarita Day (and Every Day) with The Best Margaritas in Chicago

By / February 16, 2018
   
   

National Margarita Day happens on February 22, which is all the more reason to sample through some of the city’s best takes on the agave-laced libation. From a tamarind-cinnamon spin to a rosemary-infused riff, here are some of the frostiest (and most fun) margaritas around town now—to help Chicagoans embrace all the frosty days still to come.

Jude Goergen

The Mezcal Margarita at Mi Tocaya Antojería

LOGAN SQUARE

This neighborhood restaurant has been drawing crowds to Logan Square for a taste of what chef Diana Dávila does best: updated takes on regional Mexican favorites. That means everything from caldo de res (a signature dish, from Davila’s father, made with tongue, short ribs, and bone marrow), to cochinita pibil (a Yucatan-style pork). Drinks are a bit more traditional: The mezcal margarita brings together El Silencio Mezcal, Marie Brizard Triple Sec, lime juice, and agave for a shaken, strained, and smoky variation on the classic.

Antique Taco

The Rosemary Margarita at Antique Taco

WICKER PARK

Instagram-inclined, ready your cameras: This Wicker Park taco hangout is awash in everything fun (think vintage signs, oversized antique chairs, Mexican blankets, and overflowing jars of Chiclets gum). It only gets better in between sips of their signature rosemary margarita, an at once earthy and zippy melding of tequila, lime and orange juices, and rosemary simple syrup that’s topped off with a sprig of the beloved herb.

Frontera Grill

The Champagne Margarita at Frontera Grill

RIVER NORTH

Inspired to create a margarita perfect for any celebratory occasion, Frontera Grill owner and chef Rick Bayless landed on a shaken and strained sipper of Milagro Reposado Tequila, Torres Orange Liqueur, lime juice, and Taittinger La Francaise Champagne. Once the cocktail is poured into a festive Champagne glass (rimmed with salt, of course), it’s topped off with even more bubbly.

Clayton Hauck

Clayton Hauck for Lonesome Rose

The Tamarind Cinnamon Margarita at Lonesome Rose

LOGAN SQUARE

Executive chef Pete Coenen and beverage director Paul McGee make up the talent behind this recently opened eatery, which specializes in all-day fare by way of tacos, tostadas, and quesadillas—all teeming with clever flavor combinations. Case in point with the tamarind cinnamon margarita, which is a tumbler of blanco tequila, orange curaçao, lime juice, and agave nectar that’s shaken with cinnamon-tamarind puree and garnished with a cinnamon stick.

Cantina Laredo

The Avocado Margarita at Cantina Laredo

RIVER NORTH

Grab a group and head to this River North restaurant for an array of modern Mexican plates, from hand-rolled enchiladas to tableside guacamole. Keep the avocado a-coming with the venue’s avocado margarita, a rich, creamy serving of 1800 Añejo Tequila, Midori Melon Liqueur, lime juice, and blended avocado.

 

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Nicole Schnitzler is a freelance writer who covers​ ​food, drink, ​travel, entertainment, and ​lifestyle. When she is not planning her next adventure​​, she can be found​ ​commuting between bakeries, yoga classes,​ live music shows, and libraries ​in her hometown of ​​Chicago. She is most comfortable with a pen in one hand and a fork in the other. Nicole is also the founder of Doors Open Dishes, an initiative committed to keeping the doors open to the group homes and workshops of individuals with special needs by partnering with chefs and restaurants across the city. Follow her on Twitter (@Write_To_Eat) or on Instagram (@WriteToEat).

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