7 Twisted Margaritas for National Margarita Day (or any day)

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Calling all margarita lovers! If you need an excuse to sup on a few of these punchy, tequila-based cocktails, Thursday February 22nd is National Margarita Day. Hit the town and celebrate by sampling some of the more unusual interpretations of the classic drink currently gracing the London bar scene – what we like to call Twisted Margaritas. Read on for our selection. ¡Salud! Breakfast Margarita How about a margarita for breakfast? Ok, so you might not want to indulge at 9:00 am, but come cocktail o’clock get yourself down to Clerkenwell’s Barsmith, a swanky spot shaking up inventive cocktails (and serving artisan pizzas to soak them up). Their Breakfast Margarita is a fruity concoction of orange tequila, Triple Sec, pink grapefruit and marmalade. Where: Barsmith, 8-20 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4AY Price: £8.95 Achiote Margarita East London’s Bad Sports Taqueria ia an American-style bar serving up tacos and killer cocktails. Order their Achiote Margarita, a blend of Olmeca Altos Blanco Tequila, lime, agave and achiote paste. Not sure what achiote is? Also known as annatto, it’s an orange-red spice with a peppery aroma, and achiote paste combines a mixture of annatto, oregano, cumin, clove, cinnamon and allspice. Unmissable. Where: Bad Sports Bar, 184 Hackney Rd, London E2 7QL Price: £8.50 Pepperita Camino might be best known for its Spanish tapas, but it should be heralded for its Pepperita, a blend of El Jimador Tequila, Absolut Peppar vodka, Padrón Peppers, agave and lime. One out of ten Padrón peppers is wildly hot – watch out! Where: Camino, Various Price: £9 Heisenberg London Cocktail Club has outposts all over town, you know you’re in for a good time whichever one you choose. Plump for the Heisenberg, a Breaking Bad version of the classic. Think El Jimador Tequila, ‘Blue’ Falernum (a cordial adding zing, made from an infusion of citrus, spices, nuts and sugar), lime and agave. Badass or what? Where: London Cocktail Club, Various Price: £10 Yuzu Margarita Flesh and Buns, Covent Garden’s Japanese izakaya, offers a spot-on margarita. Silver Tequila, yuzu (sour Japanese citrus fruit) juice, lime juice, agave syrup and orange liqueur fuse to create a flavour explosion. The added bonus? It’s served frozen. Whilst you’re there, don’t miss their Ox Cheek Buns. Where:  Flesh & Buns, 41 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX Price: £8.50 Ancho Mezcal Margarita Battersea’s Cartel is the place for quesadillas and late-night tequila drinking. The Ancho Mezcal Margarita is a combo of Nuestra Soledad, lime juice and ancho (chile powder) infused orange liqueur. Shaken and served on the rocks with an ancho salt rim. That ancho sure does add some warmth. Where: Cartel, 517-519 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 3BN Price: £10 Hibiscus Margarita Head to subterranean bar and restaurant La Bodega Negra (yes, it does look like a seedy-looking sex shop from the outside), and grab a seat at the buzzy bar. Don’t waste time reading the menu, order a Hibiscus Margarita – a mix of El Jimador Blanco, lime juice, orange bitters and homemade hibiscus syrup. You won’t be sorry. Where: La Bodega Negra, 16 Moor St, Soho, London W1D 5NH Price: £9

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