Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Margarita Madness All Over Town!


There's no denying that the margarita rules when it comes to summertime sippers.

It doesn't matter whether it's fancy schmancy, skinny or shockingly big, if you tell you friends you're going out for margaritas when it's hot outside, they are certain to show up.

Over at Taco Joint and sister resto Zocalo, they've created the Guava Chipotle Margarita, with $2 of every $10 cocktail benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. It's made with Karma tequila blanco, triple sec, fresh lime juice and guava-chipotle puree with a sugar-chipotle rim. It can be ordered up, on the rocks or frozen.

Also happening at Zocalo is a margarita-making class. Taking place 6:30-9pm July 21, the class will be led by in-house beverage director Victor Baheza, who'll show attendees how to make the Guava Chipotle Margarita as well as additional flavored margaritas. He'll also offer guests an informal tequila tasting and appetizers. It's $20 to attend and to reserve a spot, call the restaurant here. Fifty percent of the proceeds also benefit Make-A-Wish.

Every Wednesday, Mercadito is showcasing its massive tequila collection of approximately 125, ranging from Blancos, Reposados, Añejo, extra Añejo and Mezcales. The staff will lead a complimentary tasting each week of each one, so you'll know exactly which tequila you like best in your next margarita.

And People Lounge,, in Wicker Park, hosts Tequila Thursdays every week. As part of the deal, you'll get $10 artisan tequila flights and $5 select tapas (food specials 5-7pm only). The tequila flights are three one-ounce pours of 100-percent agave tequilas with handcrafted, small-batch selections like Don Fulano Reposado, Arette Blanco and Abandonado Anejo. Deejays spin at 9pm. No cover.

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