Margaritas are always fun to drink, and these simple recipes are easy to make at home.


National Margarita Day returns Saturday, Feb. 22. This made-up holiday just isn't complete without a margarita and a visit to a neighborhood Mexican restaurant.

Here are five places in the metro that are serving up margarita specials for National Margarita Day.

Mi Mexico

For over 15 years, people have been enjoying family recipes at this Mexican restaurant in Clive with lots of lunch and dinner specials. Try the Cadillac Margarita with orange juice and orange liquor and a splash of Cabo Wabo Tequila.

Location: 11407 Forest Ave., Clive

Hours: Monday through Thursday, Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Contact: (515) 222-6933Facebook

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El Mariachi

This popular Tex-Mex restaurant is a Johnston tradition, known for prompt service and classic favorites. El Mariachi features 16-ounce house margaritas on the rocks or blended. Choose from four flavors including mango, strawberry, peach or raspberry and have your drink rimmed with sugar or salt.  

Location: 5825 Merle Hay Road, Johnston

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Contact: (515) 276-3887Facebook


Los Laureles

Carnitas, chimichangas and quesadillas — at Los Laureles, it's all about choices. This casual restaurant near the Capitol serves a wide variety of traditional fare, as well as a wide variety of margaritas. Los Laureles is offering $3.99 flavor margaritas and $5.99 Coronaritas for National Margarita Day.

Location: 1518 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to midnight 

Contact: (515) 265-2200Facebook

El Barco and Fiesta Mexican Restaurants

Enjoy tacos, fajitas, postres (desserts) and festive margaritas at these neighborhood restaurants owned by brothers Juan and Antonio Berber. El Barco is located in Urbandale, and Fiesta is located in Pleasant Hill, with two other locations in Adel and North Liberty. In honor of the holiday, Fiesta is offering a fresh mango margarita special.


  • El Barco - 8801 Hickman Road, Suite B, Urbandale
  • Fiesta - 2025 Grand Ave., West Des Moines; 1100 N. Hickory Blvd.  No. 203, Pleasant Hill; 815 Main St., Adel; 720 Pacha Parkway, Suite 2, North Liberty

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Contact: (515) 276-0162Facebook El Barco 


For a more upscale, downtown experience, Malo's popular patio is the place to dine on nachos, tacos, enchiladas and burritos for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Malo's Margarita Tourista is served on the rocks in an array of flavors: old standbys like raspberry, mango and strawberry but also tamarind, guava and jalapeño.

Location: 900 Mulberry St., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Contact: (515) 244-5000;; Facebook

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