O.C. Cocktail Roundup: Margaritas!
With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, there’s no better time to enjoy Mexico’s liquid gift to the world: margaritas. All the better to wash down your chips and salsa with, right?
Here are a few of our favorite spots in Orange County to sip this refreshing tequila cocktail.
At Fashion Island’s Red O, acclaimed chef Rick Bayless and his culinary team offer an impressive bar and lounge with a variety of specialty cocktails and an extensive tequila list. Get the Alacran Margarita, with Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila, Veev Acai Spirit, Bauchant Orange Liqueur, fresh limonada and Serrano-infused syrup for a delicious zip of heat.
An Orange County classic, Javier’s Cantina at Crystal Cove Shopping Center presents elevated Mexican cuisine in a gorgeous coastal setting where you can enjoy hand-shaken margaritas, craft cocktails and rare tequilas. The Laguna Rosa Margarita is a blend of Centenario Plata Tequila, Triple Sec, cranberry juice and sweet & sour that looks like the sunset over the Newport coast.
Taco Rosa at The Market Place goes the extra mile with their margaritas by using fresh, hand-squeezed juices. The La Flaquita, or the Skinny Mama, combines organic Azunia Platinum tequila, fresh lime juice, agavero liqueur and a hint of agave nectar for a perfectly balanced marg that’s not-too-sweet.
Want a margarita with an unexpected, Korean-Mexican spin? Try the Key Lime and Strawberry Soju Margarita at Urban Seoul 2.0 at Irvine Spectrum Center. This frozen margarita is made with Yokaichi Mugi Soju, a distilled spirit made from rice barley, then blended and layered with half key lime, half strawberry. Served with a salty rim and lime wedge, the soju margarita goes perfectly with Urban Seoul’s signature pork belly tacos!