If you love blue agave plant-based liquor, then Tuesday, July 24, is the day for you. It’s National Tequila Day, and the aromatic alcoholic beverage is popping up in drink specials and classic cocktail orders all over town, even at places you might not expect. From cocktails with fresh watermelon to Sriracha Moon margaritas to the classic Tequila Sunrise, there’s one thing you can be sure of – they all have tequila.
3961 East Camelback Road
From 3 to 6 p.m. on National Tequila Day, order a CRU Margarita at CRUjiente Tacos for $5 a pill. Each marg is a blend of house agave syrup, fresh squeezed lime, muddled orange, and of course, 100 percent blue agave tequila. And it looks pretty, too. Be sure to check out the progressive tacos here as well. That Korean Fried Chicken taco sounds like a nice sidekick to a drink or two.
With locations throughout the Valley, Grimaldi's Pizzeria has a perfect-for-summer Watermelon Crush cocktail. This murky guy is made with Casamigos Blanco tequila mixed with Cointreau, watermelon puree, lime juice, basil, and chunks of watermelon. It’s available for National Tequila Day ... and all summer long.
1830 East Baseline Road, Mesa
The newly renovated Jake's Unlimited has a number of National Tequila Day specials to go along with the bowling, laser tag, and games. At one of the two full bars – either Elixir in the bowling alley bar or Jake's After Dark opening at 8 p.m. daily – pick up a $5 margarita in Sriracha Moon, Prickly Pear, or Mexican Moonshine.
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Macayo’s Mexican Restaurants
Of course, Macayo's is busting out the drink specials for National Tequila Day. During business hours (usually 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Tequila Tuesday brings $7 margarita flights, which you may absolutely customize. Mix and match flavors like apple, mango, peach, prickly pear, raspberry, strawberry, wildberry, or stick with the classic house margarita.
501 East Roosevelt Street
This Roosevelt Row taco and margarita joint is partnering with Terralta Tequila to celebrate the big day. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Taco Chelo, it will only cost you $15 for three pours of Terralta blanco, reposado, and anejo. This is great tequila drinking. Happy hour still applies from 4 to 6 p.m., knocking down house margaritas to $5. Also, if you purchase a flight on National Tequila Day, you can score a Tacos and Tequila shirt.