Bartenders To Battle It Out During Margarita Wars 2022

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TAMPA, FL — Bartenders from throughout Tampa Bay will battle it out to win the award for Ultimate Margarita Thursday when the seventh annual Tampa Bay Margarita Wars takes place at the Tampa River Center, 402 W. Laurel St., Tampa.

Margarita Wars gives attendees an opportunity to sample their way around creatively blended margaritas made with inspired ingredients by 16 Tampa Bay mixologists representing restaurants, bars and businesses.

Each attendee will be able to vote for the competitor they believe created the best version of the classic cocktail as they enjoy Mexican-inspired bites and downtown waterfront views.

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This is an all-inclusive event open to the public with all sampling included with a ticket purchase. Advance ticket prices offer up to a $25 savings.

A portion of proceeds will benefit Laundry Project.

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Margaritas To Be Created

Besito Mexican will feature the “Blackberry Kiss” margarita made with Tres Generaciones Reposado tequila, muddled blackberries, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and orange liqueur, shaken and served with a sugar rim.

Blood Brothers will serve up the “Blood Brothers Margarita” made with El Tesoro Reposado tequila, organic blue agave, lime juice and water.

Bogota Kitchen + Bar will create “The Sonoma Margarita” with Hornitos Plata tequila, gran gala, lime juice, agave, pinot noir and roses.

Bouzy will make the “Spicy Cucumber Margarita” with Tres Generaciones Reposado tequila, lime, cucumber water, serrano pepper-infused agave nectar and a Tajin rim.

Cipresso at Seminole Hard Rockwill mix “Peach Margaritas” with Hornitos Plata tequila, grappa, peach nectar, peach syrup, fresh lemon and lime juice.

COCKtail St Pete will create the “El Gallo Grande” with Tres Generaciones Plata tequila, grapefruit super juice, thyme-infused agave syrup, Lo Fi Aperitifs Gentian Amaro, Fever Tree soda water and a rainbow sea salt rim

Datz will offer “Who Lives In a Pineapple?” with Tres Generaciones Anejo tequila, Ancho Reyes Verde liqueur, pineapple-jalapeño shrub, cilantro, lime and a spicy rim.

Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro will be mixing up “Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas” made with Tres Gen Plata tequila, Natalie’s Margarita Mix and fresh muddled jalapeños.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will create “The Horny Habanero Margarita” with Hornitos Reposado tequila, triple sec, fresh-squeezed lime juice, house-made agave, mango purée, Fuzzy’s honey habanero sauce and a Fuzzy dust rim served with a lime wedge.

Gigglewaters will offer up the “Pineapple Express” with Tres Gen Anejo tequila, pineapple, citrus gomme and Cayman Jack.

Tampa Bay Margarita Wars

HEW Parlor & Chophouse will create “Prohibita” with Hornitos Plata tequila, lime, agave, amaro tropical liqueur by Dark Door Spirits, tajin and charred orange.

No Vacancy is offering the “Island Boi” with El Tesoro Reposado tequila, passion fruit, agave falernum, lime, tajin and White Claw Surf Citrus Yuzu Smash.

Pineiro Hospitality will create the “Mi Alma” made with Hornitos Blanco tequila, strawberry, lemongrass, watermelon, aji amarillo peppers, lime, a black salt rim and a flower garnish.

Sea Dog Cantina will make the “Spicy Mango Margarita” with El Tesoro Blanco tequila infused with habanero, cold-pressed agave, fresh lime juice, Mango Reàl, house sweet and sour mix and Rey Azul Mango.

Social Roost will mix up the “Lady Elote” with Tres Generaciones Reposado tequila, sweet corn, ancho chili, cilantro, agave, lime and chili-lime salt.

World of Beer will offer “This Means War” with Tres Generaciones Plata tequila, Passoã passion fruit liqueur, fresh lime, cream of coconut, ginger, guava and a salt rim.

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Light Bites To Be Served

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will serve mini nachos, fresh chips, queso, housemade garlic sauce, fresh pico and feta cheese

HEW Parlor & Chophouse will offer sweet and savory margarita cheesecake bites, tajin cinnamon sugar tortilla strips and Grand Marnier gastrique.

Taco Bus will serve chips and salsa.

VIP-only passed appetizers by Good Food Events + Catering include devil crab croquette, sweet corn and refried black bean quesadilla, beef empanada, margarita-grilled and chilled shrimp, carnitas and hearts of palm “ceviche.”

Tickets are on sale now here with less than 50 VIP tickets remaining.

VIP tickets include:

  • Two hours early entry at 6 p.m.
  • VIP-only hour from 6-7 p.m.
  • VIP and General Admission Plus-only hour from 7-8 p.m.
  • Heavy passed appetizers during VIP-only hour
  • One complimentary full-sized beer
  • VIP gift
  • Margarita samples from each competitor
  • Light Mexican-inspired hors d’oeuvres
  • Voting on Tampa Bay’s Ultimate Margarita
  • Access to photo opportunities

General Admission-Plus tickets include:

  • One hour early entry at 7 p.m.
  • General Admission-Plus and VIP-only hour from 7-8 p.m.
  • One complimentary full-sized beer
  • Margarita samples from each competitor
  • Light Mexican-inspired hors d’oeuvres
  • Voting on Tampa Bay’s Ultimate Margarita
  • Access to photo opportunities

General Admission tickets include:

  • 8 p.m. entry
  • Margarita samples from each competitor
  • Light Mexican-inspired hors d’oeuvres
  • Voting on Tampa Bay’s Ultimate Margarita
  • Access to photo opportunities

Previous Margarita Wars winners include:

  • 2019, Mandarin Heights, “The Outclaw” by Philipp VanHorn
  • 2018, First Chance Last Chance Bar, “The Sunsine-Rita” by Mo Pickering
  • 2017, Besito Mexican, “Not Your Average Margarita” by Julia Sowa
  • 2016, Datz, “Kelly Kapowski” by Morgan Zuch
  • 2015, Salty’s Gulfport, “The Foster Child: a Bananas Foster Experience” by Kat McKenna
  • 2014, Datz, “Rosy the Pig” by Morgan Zuch

Sponsors are Hornitos, Tres Generaciones, El Tesoro, White Claw, Cayman Jack, Rey Azul, Zing Zang, Datz Restaurant Group and Corona.

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