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.

Salsa Your Way to a Free Supper

Photo via Ya Salsa.

If you think you've got what it takes when it comes to salsa, prove your moves on the dance floor for a chance to win dinner for four and more at Nacional 27.

The vibrant, Latin-inspired resto in River North is doing its annual Bacardi Sultry Summer Salsa Competition preliminaries over the next few weeks. Register by contacting the restaurant here; dates to dance are 9:30pm July 29, August 5 and August 12 (finals take place August 26). Applicants who register before July 15 will receive a $25 gift certificate to Nacional 27.