It’s been said that the margarita originated in El Paso.
Back in the 1940’s a man by the name of Francisco “Pancho” Morales mixed the very first margarita at Tommy’s Place Bar, where he worked as a bartender in the El Paso/Juárez area. According to Notimex, Mexico’s official news agency, as well as several industry experts, Morales had the strongest claim to having invented the margarita on July 4, 1942.
Fast forward 78 years, the margarita is enjoyed at nearly every corner of the world. The cocktail comes in many different colors and styles, however the standard consists of 50% tequila, 29% Cointreau, 21% fresh lime juice and of course the salt that lines the rim of the glass.
The margarita is celebrated in America so much that it even has it’s own day every year — February 22. In El Paso, the story is no different. Walk into any bar and you are likely to find a separate menu dedicated to the delicious cocktail. We share our favorite local spots that you may way to check out if you’re in the mood for a frozen one.. and I know you are. 😉
1. Los Bandidos De Carlos & Mickey’s
Carlos and Mickey’s is a staple in the borderland for anyone looking for an amazing margarita. If you think you’ve seen Texas sized margaritas – think again. This place owns all other local spots with their massive bowls that can practically swim in. They offer a large variety; from pomegranate with cherry, to mango, to traditional lime — all amazing.
1310 Magruder St
El Paso, TX 79925
2. Andale Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Andale comes a close second to Carlos and Mickey’s. Their margaritas are also massive, aquarium size bowls. Don’t try to drink two of these bad boys, or you may just wake up in Juarez. A favorite is the Mangarita, which is homemade with chunks of mango – on fire, literally served on fire.
9201 Gateway Blvd W
El Paso, TX 79925
3. Julio’s Café Corona
This place originated in Juárez in the 40’s but moved to El Paso back in the 80’s, so you know they know a thing or two about margaritas. The top shelf margarita as well as the ‘rita on the rocks will, well rock your socks off.
8050 Gateway Blvd E
El Paso, TX 79907
4. L & J Cafe
Happy Hour at L&J Cafe is truly a happy place to be. This place apparently only has liquor license, which in Texas only allows you to sell beer and wine. However they’ve managed to pull off a margarita drink called the Casa Margarita. It gets them number four on this list. Go try it, you’ll love it.
3622 E Missouri Ave
El Paso, TX 79903