SPOTTED: 6/17/17 PACIFIC Margarita Month Grand Tasting

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) 


Best Presentation: Hello Betty Fish House

Winning margarita: Sugar Skull (Milagro Silver Tequila, Cointreau, lime, Crème de Violette, prickly pear; rimmed with black salt) 



Best Name: PB Shore Club

Winning margarita: Apri-Scott-Disick (Silver tequila, apricot liqueur, pistachio orgeat, fresh-squeezed lemon and lime, citrus Italian soda) 


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) 


Best Presentation: Florent

Winning margarita: In Bloom (see ingredients above) 



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) 


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) 


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) 


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) 



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) 


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). 


¡Gracias, amigos!

Uno, dos, tres cheers and thank yous to Margarita Month 2017’s participating venues: 


Bub’s at the Beach 

Cat Eye Club 

Cerveza Jacks 



Don Chido 

El Chingon 



Galaxy Taco 

Hello Betty’s 

Indigo Grill 

Level2 At George’s at the Cove 

O.B. Surf Lodge 


Park & Rec 

PB Shore Club 


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 (, Techno Bitch DJ Misha (, DJ KAOS of Party Naked, The Roster (, DJ Jaysyx (@jaysyx). 



Winning shots: Who’s tops among margarita makers

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