According a 2019 poll, only about 22 percent of Americans know the real story of why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo. But even if you don’t know all the details of the First Battle of Puebla, we can all appreciate taking a moment to celebrate the history and culture of Mexico. One small way to do that during quarantine? Raising a toast with a classic cocktail made by a local small business. In that spirit, here are places to get Cinco de Mayo margaritas to go in Los Angeles.
A Valley staple since 1956, Casa Vega recently reopened on Saturday after being closed since March. Roll through the drive-up “cantina” for a variety of margarita options, including the newest option, the Tarantino, a nod to Casa Vega’s appearance in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Order on Casa Vega’s website or call 818-788-4868. $7-$30.
The agave specialists at Madre are supplementing their delivery and take-out food orders with a menu of cocktails to go. Enjoy micheladas, palomas, signature drinks, and, of course, margaritas to go in six-, three-, or single-serving sizes. Order on Madre’s website for pickup or delivery from either location. $6-$38.
Oaxacan institution Guelaguetza is offering what it calls “happy hour margaritas” by the three-serving jar as well as two house mezcal cocktails in 32-ounce bottles. The drinks pair perfectly with the restaurant’s menu of family-style meal packs. Order on Guelaguetza’s website for pickup; for delivery order via DoorDash or GrubHub. $15.
Favorite Arts District hang Resident has set up one of its outdoor Airstream bars as a distance-friendly pickup window. Grab a bottle of its house margarita or paloma, or opt for the mezcal-based Down in Mexico. Full bottles of spirits also available for those who prefer to DIY. Order on Resident’s website. $18-$36.
Amor y Tacos
Amor y Tacos in Cerritos, along with chef Thomas Ortega’s two Long Beach properties, Amorcito and Playa Amor, shuttered temporarily but have chosen Cinco de Mayo to mark their return. Pickup menus include margarita kits that come with everything you need, including Tajin for the rims and Mexican candies for a sweet snack. Order by calling 562-860-2667; current menus posted on Facebook. $49.
Petty Cash Taqueria
Order a Cinco de Mayo kit from Petty Cash, which offers customizable make-your-own-taco options, and you can add on bar director Shawn Lickliter’s signature margaritas or Oaxacan old-fashioneds. Order on Tock. $10-$25.
Petite has your Cinco de Mayo needs covered with special themed kits to make its margaritas at home as well as a food kit designed to get your at-home Cinco party going. Order via Upserve. $65.
Get a 32-ounce jar of margaritas with your to-go or delivery order from the Culver City location of Chicas Tacos. It’s also offering an extensive menu of meal kits (including special Cinco de Mayo fiesta boxes) and grocery and household items. Order on Chicas Tacos’ website. $28.