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Best Places For Margaritas In Orange County

May 4, 2016 6:00 AM

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Margaritas are some of the most delicious cocktails to order with your Mexican food. With so many versions of it – from spicy to fruity, sweet to strong – there is a margarita for everyone. The best ones are always made with top-notch tequilas and fresh ingredients. These are the best spots across Orange County to drink up some refreshing margaritas.

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(Credit: Donna M./yelp)

Javier’s Cantina
7832 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Newport Coast, CA 92657
(949) 494-1239

With three locations in Orange County, Newport Coast, Irvine Spectrum and John Wayne Airport, Javier’s is a local favorite for margaritas and more. They have a huge selection of fine tequilas at the bar and their margaritas are always flavorful and strong. They just opened their fourth location in Viva Las Vegas inside the Aria Hotel.

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(credit: Michael H./yelp)

El Cholo
3520 E. Coast Hwy
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
(949) 777-6137

With locations throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles and Orange County, El Cholo has become an institution in the area. Offering delicious and authentic Mexican fare, you can be assured that their margaritas are just as good as their food. In fact, there is a menu dedicated just for margaritas with a variety of options to choose from. From the Gran Tradicional with Cuervo Tradicional, Herradura Silver, and Contreau, to the El Cholo Margarita and the blended and delicious Coconut Margarita, El Cholo is a great place to stop by if you’re looking to sip on a few margaritas.

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Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen
141 S Glassell St
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 633-3038

Located in Old Towne Orange, Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen is another locals hang out. They incorporate seasonal produce into the food and drink menus. Their most popular drink is the Jalapeno-Pepino Margarita, made with fresh jalapeno, cucumber, fresh lime, agave nectar, on the rocks — refreshing with a nice kick.

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Mi Casa
296 E 17th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 645-7626

Mi Casa’s hand-crafted specialty margaritas use fresh seasonal fruit, 100 percent organic agave nectar and hand-squeezed lime juice. The house margaritas are made with a “secret margarita mix” consisting of simple, fresh ingredients with one-of-a-kind taste that locals have grown to love since 1972, when the first location opened. They have two Orange County locations: Costa Mesa and Rancho Santa Margarita.

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Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen
110 W Birch St
Brea, CA 92820
(714) 255-1040

Serving a classic margarita, Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen’s version is delicious and allows you to also put your own stamp on the drink. Made with El Jimador 100% Blue Agave, Cointreau, fresh lime, and agave nectar, it’s a refreshing take on the classic. And, you’ll also enjoy their Fresh Cranberry margarita, as well as their Cha Cha’s Margarita with Elderflower liqueur, fresh lime and ruby red grapefruit juice! The restaurant, known for their open kitchen, brick wood-burning oven, and spacious patio is on the downtown promenade and offers fun, themed weekday events such as Enchilada Wednesday’s and Tamale Thursday’s.

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Sol Cocina
251 E Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 675-9800

SOL Cocina, in Newport Beach, has plenty of margaritas to choose from, while bringing a contemporary approach to traditional Mexican drinks. Using the freshest ingredients and tequilas for their cocktails, make sure to try the Grande Clase Azul Margarita, made with Clase Azul reposado with fresh lime juice, agave nectar and Cointreau, or their Pineapple Serrano Margarita, which is a balance of heat and sweet. Made with Partida Blanco, muddled pineapple, fresh lime juice and serrano chile, it’s a must order. The fun doesn’t stop there, though. This Newport Beach hangout offers plenty of other margarita options!

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Matador Cantina
111 N Harbor Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 871-8226

Matador Cantina, located in the heart of Downtown Fullerton, has a full margarita cocktail menu to offer diners. Their signature one, called the Matador Margarita, is made with Hornitos Tequila, Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, and house-made Sweet & Sour. Another crowd favorite is their Skinny Margarita, made with Casa Noble Blanco Tequila, agave nectar, and fresh squeezed lime juice

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(credit: Lauren B./Yelp)

El Matador
1768 Newport Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 645-0324

El Matador has consistently received great reviews and accolades for not only its food but of course the margaritas. The bar boasts over 170 different tequilas, so you should have no problem finding your favorite. They offer margarita specials each month, including lighter margaritas for those who want to watch their waistlines while they order away.

Marian Bacol-Uba is a Marketing and Social Media consultant and a freelance food and travel writer/blogger. You can follow her travel and culinary adventures on Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. “LIVE. LAUGH. LOVE.”

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