Winning shot(s): Who's tops among margarita makers

Thousands of America's Finest citizens drank tens of thousands of margaritas during PACIFIC's third annual Margarita Month competition and taste-fest, presented by Milagro Tequila. They sipped, snapped and hashtagged varieties of San Diego's original craft cocktail at 34 of the city top bars and restaurants throughout the month of May, and then converged to taste and vote for their favorites at the Grand Tasting Event, June 17 at the Horton Grand Hotel, where more than 1,000 patrons enjoyed more than 30,000 mini margaritas. Holy mierda, that's alotta tequila. When this many bartenders, mixologists and tequila lovers get together, everyone wins (especially Uber and Lyft). Here's how the margaritas fared. People's Choice Awards (Results tallied from 762 consumer ballots cast at the Grand Tasting Event)   Grand Champion: OB Surf Lodge Winning margarita: Night Rider (Milagro Silver Tequila, coconut rum, lime juice, agave nectar, Cointreau, activated charcoal, key lime salt foam) #obsurflodge, obsurflodge.com   Best Presentation: Hello Betty Fish House Winning margarita: Sugar Skull (Milagro Silver Tequila, Cointreau, lime, Crème de Violette, prickly pear; rimmed with black salt) #hellobetty, hellobettyoceanside.com   Best Name: PB Shore Club Winning margarita: Apri-Scott-Disick (Silver tequila, apricot liqueur, pistachio orgeat, fresh-squeezed lemon and lime, citrus Italian soda) #pbshoreclub, pbshoreclub.com   Judge's Selections (Results tallied from distinguished panel of judges' ballots cast during Grand Tasting Event) Grand Champion: Florent Winning margarita: In Bloom (Kumquat-infused Milagro Silver Tequila; lime and tangerine juice blend; Florent's house-made Super Bloom Syrup with hibiscus, jasmine and rose; garnished with Merlot-stained salt and micro bouquet) #florentsd, florentsd.com Best Presentation: Florent Winning margarita: In Bloom (see ingredients above) #florentsd, florentsd.com   Most Original Margarita: Sea180 Coastal Tavern Winning margarita: Lavender Margarita (Milagro Silver Tequila, lavender syrup, triple sec, muddled lime and mint, topped with sour mix; salted rim) #sea180coastaltavern, cohnrestaurants.com/sea180   Best Spicy Margarita: Wonderland Ocean Pub Winning margarita: I Pine for You (Fresh-juiced pineapple, cilantro, serrano chilies, fresh-squeezed lime, orange-infused Milagro Silver Tequila and agave; rimmed with sugar, salt, Tajin and fresh cilantro) #wonderlandob, wonderlandob.com   Best Use of Fresh Ingredients: Cerveza Jack's Winning margarita: Watermelon Crawl (Milagro Silver Tequila, watermelon juice, lime juice, agave nectar, fresh jalapeños, Tajin rim; garnished with a Mexi-candy lollipop) #cervezajacks, cervezajacks.com   Best Garnish: Uptown Tavern Winning margarita: Adios Cruda (Mezcal joven, Milagro Silver Tequila, lime juice, agave ranchero syrup; garnished with homemade tortilla chips, micro cilantro and an egg gummy) #uptowntavernsd, uptowntavernsd.com                                               Best Name: Sandbar Sports Bar & Grill Winning margarita: Jala-Pin-Yo-Business (Milagro Silver Tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, agave, jalapeno slice, splash of citrus soda) #sandbar718, sanbarsportsgrill.com   Best use of non-traditional ingredients: OB Surf Lodge Winning margarita: Night Rider (Milagro Silver Tequila, coconut rum, lime juice, agave nectar, Cointreau, activated charcoal, key lime salt foam). #obsurflodge, obsurflodge.com ¡Gracias, amigos! Uno, dos, tres cheers and thank yous to Margarita Month 2017's participating venues: Bootlegger Bub's at the Beach Cat Eye Club Cerveza Jacks Coasterra Curadero Don Chido El Chingon Firehouse Florent Galaxy Taco Hello Betty's Indigo Grill Level2 At George's at the Cove O.B. Surf Lodge Oceana Park & Rec PB Shore Club Puesto Sandbar Sports Bar & Grill Sea 180 Senor Grubby's The Blind Burro The Deck at Moonshine Flats The Local PN The Prado The Rabbit Hole Tin Roof True North Uptown Tavern Urge Gastropub (San Marcos) Voltaire Beach House Westroot Tavern Wonderland Ocean Pub #youreit: Social media superstar In case sipping and hashtagging margaritas for an entire month weren't enough, Amanda F. of Pacific Beach is hereby anointed el Santo Patrón of Margarita Month 2017. Ms. F., you just won a $50 gift certificate to each of the 2017's 34 Margarita Month venues. ¡Salud, señorita, y buena suerte con su hígado! Sounds good A big gracias to the music makers who brought magical melodies to the Margarita Month Grand Tasting Event: Mariachi Real ( mariachireal.com), Techno Bitch DJ Misha ( djmisha.com), DJ KAOS of Party Naked, The Roster ( djkaossd.com), DJ Jaysyx (@jaysyx).   Smile
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