Winning Shot(s)

Event Photos: Ivan S. Harris | Margarita Portraits: Sara Norris
Thousands of America’s finest citizens drank tens of thousands of margaritas during PacificSD‘s second annual Margarita Month competition and taste-fest, sponsored by Milagro Tequila. They sipped, snapped and hashtagged varieties of San Diego’s original craft cocktail at 31 of the city’s 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 11 at the Horton Grand Hotel. Special thanks to Mariachi Real de San Diego for the mariachi music.

At the event, 1,200 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). Here’s how the margaritas fared.

People’s Choice Awards

(Results tallied from 827 consumer ballots cast at the Grand Tasting Event)

Grand Champion: Florent
Margarita: Canela Alvarez - Milagro Silver Tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, cucumber, Cointreau and egg white, hand-shaken and poured over ice into a lime-salt-rimmed tulip glass; complemented with a dash of cinnamon and a cucumber wheel. #florentsd,

Best Presentation: The Deck at Moonshine Flats
Margarita: Jamaica-Rita - A Caribbean-influenced treat. Milagro Silver Tequila, triple sec, Blue Curaçao, mint, sour mix and a hint of natural coconut extract; garnished with smoked-bacon-wrapped pineapple and melon. #deckpic,

Best Name: Sandbar Sports Bar & Grill
Margarita: Jalé-Berry - This spin on a classic margarita with a kick features cilantro and blackberry with a jalapeño-spice finish. #sandbar718,

Judge’s Selections

(Results tallied from distinguished panel of judges’ ballots cast at Grand Tasting Event)

Grand Champion: Florent
Margarita: Canela Alvarez - (see description on page 2)

Best Presentation: The Rabbit Hole
Margarita: The Garden Variety - Hardly garden variety at all, this margarita is made with sage-infused Milagro Silver Tequila, fresh carrot juice, Grand Marnier, coconut syrup and lemon juice; rimmed with a blend of lemon-flake salt, mace and celery salt. #rabbitholesd,

M0st Original Margarita: Uptown Tavern
Margarita: Asian 5-Spice Mezcal Margarita - Smokey mezcal margarita built from the roots of Uptown Tavern’s famous 5-Spice Chicken Wings. #uptowntavernsd,

Best Traditional Margarita: Tin Roof
Margarita: Pacific Padre - Milagro Tequila, triple sec, lime juice, caramelized pineapple puree, squeeze of agave nectar and a jalapeño slice. #tinroofsd,

Best Garnish: The Deck at Moonshine Flats
Margarita: Jamaica-Rita (see description page 2)

Best Name: Sandbar Sports Bar & Grill
Margarita: Jalé-Berry (see description page 2)

Best Spicy Margarita: Wonderland Ocean Pub
Margarita: Besos Caliente - Habanero-infused Milagro Silver Tequila, Chimoy, mango juice, fresh lime, agave nectar. #wonderlandoceanbeach,

Best Use of Traditional Ingredients: Level2 at George’s at the Cove
Margarita: Mes de Verde - A slightly spicy, tangy mix of Milagro Silver Tequila, El Silencio mezcal, lime, agave, tomatillo, cilantro bitters and Serrano peppers. #georgeslevel2,

Best Use of Fresh Ingredients: Cerveza Jack’s
Margarita: Blueberry Lavender Margarita -Milagro Silver Tequila with fresh-squeezed lime juice, sweet-and-sour, lavender syrup and blueberries. #cervezajacks,

¡Gracias, amigos!

Uno, dos, tres cheers and thank yous to Margarita Month participating venues:

Barra Barra
Bub’s at the Beach
Bub’s at the Park
Cateye Club
Cerveza Jack’s
Don Chido
Firehouse American Eatery + Lounge
Galaxy Taco
Hello Betty Fish House
Indigo Grill
Level2 at George’s at the Cove
Park & Rec
Sandbar Sports Bar & Grill
Tavern at the Beach
The Blind Burro
The Deck at Moonshine Flats
The Duck Dive
The Local Downtown
The Local PB
The Prado
The Rabbit Hole
Tin Roof
True North Tavern
Uptown Tavern
Wonderland Ocean Pub

Social Media Superstar

In case sipping and hashtagging margaritas for an entire month weren’t enough, Cisco G. (@headcinema) is hereby anointed el Santo Patrón (The Patron Saint, duh) of Margarita Month 2016. Mr. G., you just won a $50 gift certificate to each of the Margarita Month venues. ¡Salud, señor, y buena suerte con su hígado!