Tequila! (It’s National Margarita Day!)

Tequila! (It’s National Margarita Day!)

Prickly pear cactus frozen margarita - YUM! (Courtesy Dos Caminos)

Happy National Margarita Day!

I know it is still winter, but I would like to shine a light on the frozen margarita. This adult slushie of a margarita blended with ice is one of my go-to cocktails, especially when it is fruit-flavored. While margaritas have been around since the late 1930s/early 1940s, frozen margaritas—or at least the first frozen margarita machine—were invented in 1971 by a restaurateur in Dallas named Mariano Martinez. He repurposed a soft serve ice cream machine to churn out these tasty drinks. The machine is now in the Smithsonian, but frozen margaritas can still be found far and wide. Here are some of the best spots in NYC to get this frosty beverage: 

Dos Caminos (Times Square, Midtown East, Flatiron, SoHo, Meatpacking): The prickly pear cactus frozen margarita is as pretty as it is potent. Made with cactus fruit and a hint of strawberry, this pink drink has been my order every time I’ve gone to a Dos Caminos. You can also order a traditional frozen margarita, created with blended Agavales Blanco Tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice. Dos Caminos is celebrating National Margarita Day with drinks, giveaways, prizes and more at all five of its NYC locations. 

Blockheads (Murray Hill, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Midtown East, Midtown West and East Village): Friends and I frequent the Midtown West location after seeing shows at New World Stages and while they are fans of Blockheads’ famous bulldog margarita (frozen margarita with a shot of tequila and a mini beer), I always get a plain, exotic fruit-flavored frozen margarita. There are a dozen different bulldog margarita flavors that can be upgraded to French bulldogs, where the beer is swapped out for champagne. 

Fonda (Chelsea, East Village and Park Slope, Brooklyn): Serving affordable, contemporary Mexican cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere, Fonda also has a sizable drinks list. Among the half-dozen-plus margaritas, there’s Fonda’s signature drink—the Rosalita. This frozen hibiscus margarita is made with Milagro blanco tequila, hibiscus, orange liqueur and lime juice, served in a hibiscus-rimmed glass.

Rocking Horse Cafe (Chelsea): Opened in 1988 by a husband and wife team who were inspired by their love of everything about Mexico—especially the cuisine—Rocking Horse Cafe brings Mexican flavor via sustainable, local and organic ingredients to NYC. On the list of 10 margaritas is the Sangrita—a frozen margarita/sangria float hybrid.

Rosa Mexicano (Upper West Side, Midtown East, Union Square and Tribeca): Rosa Mexicano was founded in 1984 and serves authentic, elevated Mexican cuisine. On its generous agave cocktails list, you’ll find frozen tropical margaritas available in lime, strawberry and mango. There is also a frozen pomegranate margarita—Rosa Mexicano’s signature cocktail—made with blanco tequila, triple sec, lime and pomegranate, with a salt rim.


Rosa Mexicano's signature frozen pomegranate margarita (Courtesy Rosa Mexicano)



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