One of the earliest tales of the legendary drink known as the margarita dates back to October 1941 at Hussong’s Cantina in Ensenada, Mexico by bartender Don Carlos Orozco; the beverage was comprised of equal parts tequila, Mexican orange liqueur dubbed Controy (Naranja in the United States) and lime, shaken and served over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. The classic margarita, as cocktail aficionados recognize it in modern times, is comprised of tequila, lime or lemon juice and triple sec, often served with sugar or salt on the rim of the glass. Additionally, it’s offered in three different variants: shaken with ice (“on the rocks”), blended with ice (frozen) or without ice (“straight up”), and is traditionally served in the eponymous margarita glass, a stepped-diameter version of a cocktail glass or champagne coupe. However you enjoy your summertime cocktail concoctions, the following are some of the best local spots in which to find magnificent margaritas in Woodland Hills.
Todo Bien Kitchen & Tequila Bar has created an environment wherein guests can order to their exact desires and needs, regardless of what their eating and drinking specifications may be. This is the place to discover the lost art of Mexican cuisine and cocktail creations in the “deep end” of the Valley, with a margarita menu that consists of specialties like The Skinny Grapefruit Margarita (with casamigos reposado, fresh lime, agave, fire water, grapefruit bitters and muddled ginger served in a blue rim bucket); The Spicy Casa Margarita (casamigos blanco, fresh lime, agave, fire water and muddled basil and cucumber shaken and served in salt and a tajin blue rim bucket); The Todo Bien Margarita (campo azul blanco, fresh lime, triple sec and simple syrup shaken and served in a salted blue rim bucket); Blackberry Margarita (campo azul blanco, fresh lime, triple sec and muddled blackberries and raspberries shaken and served in a salted blue rim bucket) and Mango Margarita(campo azul blanco, fresh lime, triple sec and mango puree blended and served in a tajin blue rim bucket). Todo Bien Kitchen & Tequila Bar is located at 22616 Ventura Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Sagebrush Cantina, established in 1974, has been a legend in the Calabasas area for over 40 years, offering Southwestern dining and thirst-quenching margaritas. The Cantina’s most famous and memorable meals take place during the amazing Sunday Brunch, while an outdoor area offers live entertainment, plenty of al fresco seating and several TVs that show your favorite games. Sagebrush is in the business of always providing great food, cold drinks and music for your entertainment pleasure, the business owners’ mission to bring together a delicious Latin dining experience and a friendly environment. Sagebrush Cantina is located at 23527 Calabasas Road.
XOC Tequila Grill was named after the prominent Mayan Queen Lady Xoc, considered one of the most powerful and prominent women in the Maya civilization – indeed, XOC founders chose this name to clearly convey the very genuine origin that the grill’s concept is based on. A one-of-a-kind glass bar top is reminiscent of the quartz veins found throughout the caves located deep in the mountains, while architecture and design reflect a modern industrial interpretation of the relief work and carvings used as a façade on the Mayan pyramids. XOC Tequila Grill customers often return for the joint’s outrageous margaritas, including the Cadillac or Agave Margarita; Classic Strawberry, Mango or Spicy Margarita; Blueberry Ginger Margarita (served blended); Margatini; Basil Fusion Margarita; Coconut Margarita; Flor de Jamaica Margarita (served blended); Tamarindo Margarita and La Flaca Organica Margarita. XOC Tequila Grill is located at 6316 North Topanga Canyon Boulevard Suite 1110.
The White Harte Public House is a charming British-esque pub in the heart of Los Angeles that’s become popular with everyone from the just-turned-21 crowd to the middle-aged Happy Hour set, offering 18 popular beers on draft including imports, domestic labels and local craft creations in addition to more than 20 in bottles plus spirits, cocktails, wines and, of course, margaritas. With its exposed red brick, dark wood beams and antler chandeliers, The White Harte Public House’s atmosphere is cozy yet always party-ready, with a front patio that caters to cocktail sipping and chillaxing and a back patio that packs in football fans – both American and British. The pub is located at 22456 Ventura Boulevard.
Sol y Luna beckons you to enjoy a slice of Mexico in Los Angeles…a place where you can treat yourself, family and friends to a unique Mexican dining and cocktail experience. An artfully-crafted and fully-stocked bar menu features a plethora of top-shelf tequilas in addition to popular margarita concoctions, and the restaurant itself sparkles with an authenticity not readily seen this north of the border. Sol y Luna Mexican restaurant was established in 2004 by Alejandro Morales and Norma Morales, who displayed a commitment to offering fresh, high-quality ingredients in daily-prepared food served by friendly staff – a trend that continues to this day. Sol y Luna is located at 19601 Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana.
No matter what ingredients are used or how it’s prepared, what can be agreed upon is that the margarita is a most celebratory cocktail – in a “party” kind of way. So, “cheers” to good times and to the best places to find margaritas in Woodland Hills.