Can you already taste the ice-cold mixture of sweet and sour from a frosty, salt-rimmed glass? It’s almost that time of year again. That’s right! February 22 is National Margarita Day, and San Antonio is one of the eternal meccas for seekers of this celebratory drink. And even though there have been some cancelations because of COVID -19, there are plenty of refreshing deals throughout the city, if you know where to look.
This handy guide will empower you and your friends and family to get your drink on at a spectacular price while you have some fun this weekend in San Antonio. Cheers!
Where did the Margarita Originate? Feels like San Antonio, right?
Before we get to the nitty-gritty, what exactly is a margarita, and what are the origins of this festive beverage? The margarita is a cocktail dating back to 1930s Mexico. Traditionally, it consists of tequila, triple sec, and lime juice, though different variations have emerged throughout the years. One thing you may rest assured of is the sacred presence of tequila.
The drink is served either shaken with ice (“on the rocks”), blended (a “frozen margarita”), or without ice (“straight up”), and often comes in the iconic margarita glass, which sort of looks like the offspring of a champagne coupe and an exceptionally wide-brimmed wine glass. Salt on the rim and a wedge of lime make for an exceptional experience.
Multiple creation myths surround the history of the margarita (which translates to “daisy” from the Spanish). One of the most widely circulated histories is that in 1938 Mexico, a restaurant owner named Carlos “Danny” Herrera concocted the drink for a patron who was allergic to every spirit except tequila. Whatever the origin of the margarita, one thing is certain: its originators could not have anticipated the enduring legacy of the drink within Mexican and American popular culture.
The Best Margarita Day Specials in San Antonio
So, let’s get down to it. Restaurants and bars throughout San Antonio will be paying homage to the margarita, and you need to know where to go to pay your proper respects to the almighty drink. Here are some of the hottest deals around town.
Margaritaville San Antonio: The River Walk bar will celebrate the day with $3.99 traditional margaritas, $5.99 fried pickles and a Great Margarita Toast at 5 pm. (210) 973-5911.
Nicha’s Comida Mexicana: Enjoy $5 house margaritas starting at 5 pm on Saturday and all day Sunday and Monday. Multiple locations.
Chili’s: Get $5 Marg of the Month all month long in February at Chili’s. Multiple locations.
Chuy’s: The popular Mexican restaurant will be offering drink specials all day with $1 floaters or $2 upgrades to make any regular house or frozen margarita a grande size. Multiple locations.
Hopdoddy’s: Hopdoddy’s batched to-go margaritas – The Rocks and The Roadie – have been discounted to $20 (regularly $29.95). Single serve margarita options are just $5 to enjoy at the restaurant or to take home. Multiple locations. How could this miss out from our list of top Margarita Day Deals for San Antonio?
Taco Cabana: Try out Taco Cabana’s new MardiGraRita for only $3! Multiple locations.
Rosario’s: Blend your own Perfect Patron Margarita – Patron is bringing their Blender Bike to the Southtown location! Each Marg will be served in an adorable Patron bottle you get to take home. Stop by Rosario’s Southtown at 910 S Alamo St on Saturday, February 20th from 5-9pm or Sunday, February 21st from 12-4pm. (210) 223-1806.
Backyard on Broadway: $5 Tequila Mi Campo margaritas on Feb 21st all day to celebrate! 2411 Broadway. (210) 634-1405
Sanchos Cantina Y Mas: Enjoy basic swirls free of charge while you can still enjoy the full swirl list. $4.25 Happy Hour will be 12-6pm to enjoy both rocks and frozen at a happier price! 628 Jackson. (210) 320-1840.
There you have it: some of the best deals for a delicious libation. Get out there, find your favorite hotspot, drink responsibly, and enjoy the fabulous cultural tradition that is the margarita. Cheers!
Thinking of staying in for Margarita Day? Don’t worry. You don’t have to miss out on the celebrations. We have the top 10 easy Margarita recipes that you can make at home!
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