Margarita! The very word means celebrelaxation. Maybe not in Spanish, but in ski culture vernacular, for sure. Say it with me: Cele-bree-lax-a-tion. Wanna toast to your first huge pow day? Margarita! Your first slaying of The Cirque? First time on a ski vaca? First cat to Lightening Ridge? Margarita! The occasion doesn’t really matter, does it? You need to know where the best margaritas are, the havens of the liquid essence of chill. I’ve sought them all and found the best, north to south.
Frida. This vibrant bistro in Salt Lake City’s hip new Granary District has a bueno menu of margs, the most unique and delicious being the grilled pineapple and jalapeno with Espolon reposado tequila and a sugar rim. $10. Favorite Dish: Albondigas de Pollo con Mole Negro. Chicken, corn, cilantro meatballs with crema sauce and chocolate molé. Unibrow not required.
Taqueria 27. The fun option here is the table-side, hand-shaken margarita: Reposado, Cointreau, Triple Sec. $12. This is a dining hot spot where folks clamor for the pork belly or duck confit tacos. Be prepared for a 30-minute wait.
El Chihuahua. This ever-hopping neighborhood joint in Holladay cranks out the hefty Lowrider, a potent bang-for-your-buck featuring Cuervo Silver. $8. Favorite Dish: Chile Colorado.
Billy Blanco’s. This “Motor City Mexican” spot is the newest property of Bill White, founder of famed Park City restaurants Grappa and Chimayo, to name only a couple. The margaritas here all contain 100% blue agave tequilas and fresh juices. Try the Chrome, a mouth-watering concoction of muddled citruses, agave nectar, Cointreau and Espalon Blanco. $10
St. Regis Bar. At this modern, mountain-chic bar, try the Ginger Margarita. It’s divine and you can reach it on skis or at the top of a funicular. $15.
Tarahumara. Twenty minutes from Park City is the hamlet of Midway, home of the best molé in Utah. That’s right, the best. It also has a great salsa bar and lovely margarita menu. Try the Snow Cap to cap your snow day. Gold tequila, coconut cream and fresh lime. $7.