By Troy Petenbrink

The nation’s capital has a special connection to the frozen margarita. In 1971 Dallas restaurateur Mariano Martinez converted a soft-serve ice cream machine into the first frozen margarita machine  After more than three decades of use it was retired and is now part of the National Museum of American History.  The Washington, D.C. area can also lay claim to having plenty of places to enjoy an excellent frozen margarita — and here are five of them.

El Centro D.F.
1819 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 328-3131

Mexico City native and celebrated chef Richard Sandoval’s El Centro D.F. is well known for its authentic Mexican cuisine. The popular 14th Street restaurant with a spacious rooftop bar has also earned many fans of its frozen margaritas. The menu includes a frozen version of the signature El Centro margarita made with Sauza Blue Silver tequila, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar, as well as the option to add fresh strawberry or mango.  On Wednesdays, the lime version is discounted all day.

Carmine’s Italian Restaurant
425 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 737-7770

An Italian restaurant would likely not be top of mind when thinking about frozen margaritas but Carmine’s deserves attention. In addition to some of the best meatballs one will ever taste, it offers a delicious frozen blood orange margarita. The cocktail is made with Sauza Blue Silver tequila blended with fresh blood orange and lime juices. On Sunday through Friday, it can found on the restaurant’s happy hour menu.

Agua 301
301 Water St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 484-0301

Located adjacent to The Yards Park on the Anacostia River waterfront, Agua 301 is a fantastic destination to enjoy fun modern Mexican cuisine — and a fantastic frozen margarita. The restaurant keeps it very simple with a classic approach using Sauza Blanco tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime juice, and splash of fresh orange juice. The yummy frozen drink is included on the happy hour menu available 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to closing every day.

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Los Tios Grill
2615 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 299-9290

Los Tios Grill services “fine Tex-Mex & Salvadorean food” in the hip and eclectic Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Va. It receives lots of love for its ginormous frozen margaritas. The multiple flavors are also a big draw, ranging from traditional lime to berry.  Patrons also have the option to swirl their favorite flavors. Happy hour savings are available weekdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the dining area and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the bar.

El Chucho – Cocina Superior
3313 11th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 290-3313

Tucked among the many trendy establishments along the 11th Street corridor of the Columbia Heights neighborhood, El Chucho gets nearly perfect reviews. Its loyal patrons love the menu of traditional Mexican street food and rave about the restaurant’s frozen margaritas. The options include traditional lime and spicy strawberry habanero or a swirl of the two. The frozen margaritas are on the weekly happy hour menu between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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