Margarita Madness: Cinco De Mayo Edition

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Just kidding…it’s a school night. Anyway, here are our favorite spots in Philly for margaritas!

Xochitl
408 S. 2nd Street
$5 Margaritas for Happy Hour from 5-7

El Rey
2013 Chestnut Street
$4 Margaritas & $1 Tacos for Happy Hour from 5-6:30

El Vez
121 S. 13th Street

Sancho Pistolas
19 W. Girard Avenue
$17 Pitchers for Happy Hour from 4-6

Jose Pistolas
263 S. 15th Street
$15 Pitchers & $20 Flavored Pitchers for Happy Hour from 4-6

Lucha Cartel
207 Chestnut Street
$5 Margaritas & Food Specials for Happy Hour from 4-7

Lolita
106 S. 13th Street

Cantina Dos Segundos
931 N. 2nd Street
$5.50 Margaritas & $20 Pitchers for Happy Hour from 4-6

Cantina Los Caballitos
1651 E. Passyunk Avenue
1/2 off Margaritas & Pitchers for Happy Hour from 4-6

Distrito
3945 Chestnut Street
All Day $5 Margaritas & Specials for Cinco De Mayo

margarita recipe

Margaritas are best made in a pitcher & shared with friends.

Recipe from the Food Network by Rick Bayless 

1 750 mL bottle silver tequila
1-2 cups Cointreau or triple sec (go Cointreau!)
1 cup lime juice plus extra for salt rims
Kosher salt for rims
Ice

Just before serving, in a half gallon pitcher combine the tequila, the minimum amount of Cointreau or Triple Sec and the lime juice. Taste and add more orange liqueur if you think your margaritas need more sweet oranginess to balance the other flavors. Remember, you’re tasting it warm and undiluted; when chilled and diluted, the flavors will be mellower and the lime’s tartness will be more attractive.

Pour several tablespoons of lime juice onto a small plate and several tablespoons coarse salt onto another. Have martini glasses at hand (chill them for an extra special touch).

As your guests ask for their margaritas, invert a glass into the plate with the lime juice to moisten rim, then lightly dip into the plate with the salt. For each drink measure 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of the margarita mixture into a cocktail shaker. If you have a 2-ounce ladle that you can keep in the pitcher, measuring goes much faster. Add ice cubes (5 cubes for 1, 8 for 2, 10 for 3). Secure the lid and top and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds. Strain into the salt crusted glasses and hand off to the lucky recipients.