El Mercado/ Pic: Quadrant Bar

6 Tequila Drinks To Drink And Where To Drink Them

National Tequila Day falls on a Tuesday this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat the occasion like a weekend.

On Hungry Lobbyist, we support all things agave-based, and we’ll take our tequila with salt and a lime, please and thank you. But we also support the creative ways DC bartenders are slinging tequila-based drinks. Here are 6 you need to try.

Drink: El Mercado

Where To Find It: Quadrant Bar & Lounge; The Ritz Carlton

El Mercado/ Pic: Quadrant Bar

You may remember Quadrant from its sound-aged whiskey program, but let us introduce you to the El Mercado, a boozy bev featuring tequila, house-smoked jalapeno syrup, passion fruit syrup, and orange juice.

Price: $17

Drink: Tequila Shot

Where To Find It: Chupacabra Taqueria

Tacos at Chupacabra/ Pic: Yelp

This bar on 9th runs a promotion called “Tequila Tuesdays,” where a $5 shot of tequila earns the diner a free taco. Also, did we mention today is Tuesday?

Price: $5

Drink: Where There’s Smoke

Where To Find It: Logan Tavern

Where There’s Smoke/Pic: Yelp

This spicy, smokey “Where There’s Smoke” (duh) cocktail at Logan Circle’s Logan Tavern (also duh) mixes mezcal, chili tequila, blood orange soda, demerara syrup, and lime juice. At less than $11, this is a steal.

Price: $10.75

Drink: El Centro

Where To Find It: El Centro

El Centro/Pic: Yelp

There’s nothing wrong with a classic marg, especially at the tequila-haven that is El Centro. As an added bonus, both DC-locations are throwing National Tequila Beach Day parties from 3 p.m. to close, complete with bubble machines, kiddie pools, water guns, and more. Oh, and tequila.

Price: $10

Drink: La Manarina

Where To Find It: Mi Vida

La Manarina/Pic: Mi Vida

One of the prettiest cocktails on this list. Wharf newcomer Mi Vida’s La Manarina is made with Sotól Por Siempre, Hornitos Reposado, Don Ciccio Mandarinetto, Chile de Árbol-Mandarin, and best enjoyed with a view.

Price: $14

Drink: House Margarita

Where To Find It: Oyamel

House Margarita/Pic: Facebook

Per the restaurant, this is José Andrés margarita of choice. That’s good enough for me. Though the ‘salt air’ is a tasty touch.

Price: $12.50

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