El Chucho & Casa Oaxaca Win Margarita Wars!

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It was a BEAU-tiful, sunny Wednesday. About 80 degrees and breezy. Some of my co-workers and I made our way to the New York Ave metro, and from there to the super-swanky-trendy Archstone First and M Apartment Building.

After waiting in the elevator line (I guess that’s just a function of having a roof-top event!) we made it to the roof! The whole time, my friends and I were in awe of how nice the building was. The rooftop itself was pretty impressive, with a lovely pool and fairly large deck area.

Where were we going, you ask?!

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The Washington City Paper‘s Margarita Wars!!

And boy did we get our fill of the tequila-laden cocktail! “Tastes” of margaritas were actually full cups. No complaints, it was fantastic!

The first margarita we tried was a skinny margarita from Tortilla Coast. Made with milagro Blanco tequila, agave, and fresh lime. It was delicious!!! I would have had no idea it was somehow skinny. Overall, this ended up being my favorite marg of the night!!

Other margarita wars contenders, in addition to Tortilla Coast, were El Tamarindo, Masa 14, El Centro, Fujimar, , El Chucho,  Casa Oaxaca, Cuba Libre, and Fuego. Red Velvet Cupcakery and Del Frisco’s Grille were also there, serving mini cupcakes and ahi tuna chips bites, respectively.

Del Frisco's Grille
Del Frisco’s Grille

The food vendors ran out pretty quickly. Some of the margarita contenders also had food, like Fuego’s Coctel de Mariscos and El Tamarindo’s Chicken Taquitos (both deeeeeelicious)!

I’ve told you my favorite was Tortilla Coast, but who won?! Ok I know, the title of my post gives it away, but play along:

Drum roll…….please……and the winners are:

Voter’s Choice: Casa Oaxaca’s Agave Margarita!

Casa Oaxaca
Casa Oaxaca

Judge’s Choice: El Chucho’s Smoky Margarita!

El Chucho - Winner!
El Chucho – Winner!

The smoked triple sec truly made this unique.

El Centro was the runner up from both the voter’s and the judge’s.

El Centro
El Centro

El Centro actually served THREE different margaritas– pretty impressive. Their classic marg, a spicy pina marg, and a cilantro marg. The cilantro margarita stood out the most to me. It was cool and refreshing (thanks in a large part to the cucumber as well as the cilantro).

Other notables? The Ancho margarita by Masa 14 was interesting! I kept tasting it because I couldn’t decide if I loved it or….what. It was definitely unique. Interesting. Tasty. I loved that it was spicy and flavorful.

Masa 14 - Ancho Margarita
Masa 14 – Ancho Margarita

 In addition to all of the margaritas, there was an open bar of beer and wine.

The Open Bar!
The Open Bar!

I hoped that pretty pink drink was alcoholic, was I quickly learned that it was non-alcoholic pink lemonade. Later in the night, this guy:

Bartender
Bartender

Mixed some of that pink lemonade (which was still full..at the end of the night) with some red wine = pretty awesome sangria! Brilliant bartender  brilliant.

I came here with a group of co-workers / friends. Here we are!

The Ladies!
The Ladies!

Missing from the photo: Paul (taking photo) and Erica (couldn’t make it).

There were lots of other people there having a good time too! See…

Beautiful Rooftop
Beautiful Rooftop
Lots of Guests! Beautiful Pool!
Lots of Guests! Beautiful Pool!
Look at all the fun!
Look at all the fun!

And then the sun went down…

Paul & the Ladies
Paul & the Ladies
Overlooking the Pool-Deck Area
Overlooking the Pool-Deck Area
Overlooking the Pool-Deck Area
Overlooking the Pool-Deck Area

Around 8:45pm, we headed out. We missed the announcement of the winners, it must have happened a little later, but we still found out!

I LOVED this event! How can you go wrong with margaritas, mexican bites, a beautiful rooftop, and an open bar?! A recipe for success– I will definitely be at the next one!

Fun!
Elizabeth, Candace, Rachel, Lindsey

Cheers!

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