If you believe the lore, a bartender at Hussong’s Cantina in Las Vegas created the world’s first margarita in 1941. Fast-forward 70 years, and the same city that christened the margarita created the biggest one the world’s ever seen: Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville on the Strip celebrated its opening with 8,500 gallons’ worth of tequila, triple sec, and limey goodness, all mixed in a 16-foot tank. That colossal beverage was a one-time thing, but there are plenty of Las Vegas Mexican restaurants, bars, and frozen-drink stands to satisfy a novelty-margarita craving when it hits. And since you can drink outdoors in Vegas, it probably will. Drink Out of a Blender at MargaritavilleA nod to the lyrics of Jimmy Buffett’s highest-charting single, the restaurant’s Booze in the Blender souvenir cup houses 48 ounces of the beverage of your choice. We suggest embracing your inner Parrothead and filling it with the Who’s to Blame margarita, made with Margaritaville gold tequila, triple sec, and margarita mix. Pretend You’re Going to Share and Then Don’t at Diablo’s Cantina Order the 42-ounce Sancho margarita, and you’re essentially served a salad bowl with a straw. This boozy house drink is concocted with Sauza Hornitos Plata, orange liqueur, Bone Daddy’s Gourmet Sour, agave nectar, and lime. Unlike many of the specialty margaritas in Vegas, you can order this one frozen or on the rocks. Mix Your Poisons at Tacos & Tequila The 32-ounce Chonga margarita is available in a whopping 720 flavors. Just make sure that whichever flavor you choose complements the drink’s pièce de résistance: two 7-ounce Sol beers turned upside-down in the glass. Blend in with the Crowd with a Yard Stick from Fat Tuesday You’ve seen them all over the Strip: those 3-foot-long plastic cups containing a nuclear-colored frozen beverage. The chain that originated in Louisiana has multiple locations on the Strip, meaning you don’t have to walk far to find a frozen margarita (extra shots optional) that’s the size of a toddler. Combine a Love for Air Guitar and Tequila at Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub The plastic guitars at Rockhouse don’t plug in, but they do hold 88 ounces of booze. Complete with a shoulder strap and extra-long straw, these portable drinks make fun work of getting buzzed. While you’re drinking, watch patrons ride the bar’s mechanical chicken. Honorable Mention: Wallet-Friendly Frozen Margs at Station Casinos Served in a plastic beer cup, the frozen margaritas sold at every Station Casinos location might not strike you as anything special at first glance. But at just 99 cents a pop, they’re about as cheap as it gets (without planting yourself at the penny slots and trying to flag down an elusive server for those “free drinks when you gamble” that you keep hearing about). Go ahead, spring for another.
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