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Lime, Tequila, Salt, Sweet: Margarita Day

One of SoCal's most famous concoctions gets its holiday.

Calendar quirks that pair up disparate events are, by and large, rather charming, and we've already been lucky enough to experience a few this year. 

Valentine's and Friday the 13th and Presidents Day and Mardi Gras, or at least pre-Mardi Gras, all fell over the same three-day span, making those revelers intent on eating cherry pie and chocolate roses and not walking under ladders and wearing beads very busy, indeed.

And those who count the margarita as a favorite libation and the Oscars as their must-watch show have another double-holiday of sorts just ahead. You guessed it: National Margarita Day and Academy Awards Sunday are the very same day in 2015, making it quite easy for those hosting at-home parties to decide what to serve guests, as far as the drinks go.

One suggestion: Just don't run the blender too loudly, though, during the acceptance speeches.

If you want to find that classic LA libation out-and-about, though, make for one of Southern California's many margarita-serving restaurants and bars. Like ...

The Little Door Santa Monica: You've been to the longtime West Third favorite, but if you haven't checked out its new westerly sibling, you can do so and order a Pomegranate Margarita for fifteen bucks. Fresh ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmers Market are in the sip, as are top-shelf liquors like Dos Armadillos Blanco.

Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar: You're not far from the waves — in fact, you are on a pier, as the name of the eatery you're inside would suggest — and you want something that's ocean-adjacent light in tone. The Hibiscus Blood Orange Margarita contains both hibiscus syrup and blood orange, too, plus some fine tequila action.

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Dia de Campo: The Hermosa Beach nuevo Mexican gem serves up a stripped-down take of the margarita that includes grapefruit, tequila blanco, home spice, lemon, and froth. Oh, froth — fancy. It's called the Rubi and it's twelve dollars and it is arrives with a very happy, orange-bright hue.

If you're still keen to do the Oscar-watch thing, and have your 'rita from the comfort of your own couch, the National Margarita Day headquarters boasts a bevy of lime-nice, oh-so-kicky recipes. 

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