Get ready to party! It’s time for chillin’ and margarita sippin’! Grab your date, spouse, girls or guys to go drink one of the most popular summer drinks at Margarita Wars.
Twenty local mixologists will compete for the title of Tampa Bay’s Best Margarita Friday, July 26th, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at TPepin's Hospitality Centre (4121 N. 50th St.) in Tampa. Attendees will be able to sample all the margaritas competing and vote on-site for the mixologist they thought made the best margarita. This year's lineup has yet to be released. Keep an eye on Margarita War’s website, Facebook and Creative Loafing for the lineup.
Traditional margaritas are made with three ingredients: tequila, lime juice and triple sec. The margaritas at Margarita Wars are much more elaborate. Last year’s winner was First Chance Last Chance Bar Mo Pickering's “The Sunshine-Rita” made with Ramazzotti Aperitivo Rosato, rhubarb bitters, fresh lime and lemon juices, and passion fruit puree. The year before, Julia Sowa, from Besito Mexican, won “Not Your Average Margarita” consisting of Besito’s house blend of nine tropical fruit juices, fresh lime juice, and a super-secret ingredient added to a sugar rim won.
In addition to margaritas, there will be entertainment, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and more!
Tickets are on sale now with a five dollar saving at margaritawarstampabay.com. There are two types of tickets attendees can buy. General admission, $45 in advance and $50 at the door, will include unlimited margarita samples from each competitor, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and the chance to vote on the best margarita. VIP admission, $75 in advance and $80 at the door, includes a exclusive VIP only hour from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., a VIP-only area, swag, one beer, a VIP lanyard, a $25 voucher for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, unlimited margarita samples from each competitor, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, and the chance to vote in the war.
So, put on Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” to get you in the mood for visiting each mixologist and keeping track of all the margaritas by singing “one margarita, two margaritas, three margaritas.”