Vancouver Margarita Challenge Winners 2021

The  Vancouver Foodster Margarita Challenge was a success featuring creations from restaurants around Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their margarita creation from August 6-29, 2021. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Emma Clark, Tony Huynh and Zahra Alani

Each media judge will have scored the creation with a maximum of 40 points as follows: Overall Taste 20 points, Originality and Uniqueness 10 points, Presentation and Appearance 10 points). The total number of points a Margarita creation could earn is 120 points.

The Winners are: 

1st Place (tie): 

{112 points}

Ban Chok Dee Thai

Lavender Lime Margarita

Price: $11

Created by: Nasraung and Savalee

Description:  Cease your summer’s heat with this refreshing Margarita! Thai- Mexican flavours; sweet, sour, spicy with soft fragrant of our summery lavender, sour from the lime and tamarind , and the spice from jalapeños and Thai chilli. Finally a touch of sweetness from home made caramel and a drop of butterfly pea flowers.

Ingredients: tequila, triple sec, Lime and lavender syrup, Fresh lime juice, lavender ice cubes ,sugar & salt rim and lime wheel for garnish and a touch of tangy spice to Lime Tamarind Caramel.

Offered: Lunch and Dinner daily

Ban Chok Dee Thai

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Instagram @bcdthai

1st Place (tie): 

{112 points}

Little Mexico Cantina

Picante Piña

Price: $15

Created by: Gabriel Lee (Gabe)

Description: Inspired by the classic Piña Colada, the “Picante Piña” brings its signature flavour to the world of margaritas. Through the infusion of tequila, we are able to stay true to the conditions of a margarita while still having the refreshing taste of pineapple and coconut.

Ingredients: Pineapple tequila, jalapeño tequila, triple sec, coconut cream, lime juice, simple syrup

Offered: all the time

Little Mexico Cantina

3131 Chatham St #150, Richmond

Tel:(604) 272-5123

Web: https://www.littlemexicocantina.ca/

Instagram: @littlemexicocantina

2nd Place: 

{100 points}

Lucha Libre Taqueria

Jamaica Margarita

Price: $11.50

Created by: Esteban Cuevas

Description: Refreshing mexico-inspired margarita with fragrant hibiscus blossoms.  It’s made by steeping dried hibiscus flowers (known as jamaica in Mexico) in hot water, resulting in a fresh and tangy drink with a floral flavour. Served with our selection of tequilas, and garnished with jamaica flowers. This cocktail has a lovely and unique flavor and it’s flavored with one of the most popular and typical agua frescas you can try

Ingredients: Tequila, simple syrup, Triple sec, Jamaica concentrate, tajin, Jamaica flower

Available: all the time

Lucha Libre Taqueria

722 Nelson, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 620-8981

Web: https://luchalibretacos.com/

Instagram @luchalibretaqueriavancouver

Claudia holding the award

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Margarita creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Little Mexico Cantina

Picante Piña

Price: $15

Created by: Gabriel Lee (Gabe)

Description: Inspired by the classic Piña Colada, the “Picante Piña” brings its signature flavour to the world of margaritas. Through the infusion of tequila, we are able to stay true to the conditions of a margarita while still having the refreshing taste of pineapple and coconut.

Ingredients: Pineapple tequila, jalapeño tequila, triple sec, coconut cream, lime juice, simple syrup

Offered: all the time

Little Mexico Cantina

3131 Chatham St #150, Richmond

Tel:(604) 272-5123

Web: https://www.littlemexicocantina.ca/

Instagram: @littlemexicocantina

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Lucha Libre Taqueria

Jamaica Margarita

Price: $11.50

Created by: Esteban Cuevas

Description: Refreshing mexico-inspired margarita with fragrant hibiscus blossoms.  It’s made by steeping dried hibiscus flowers (known as jamaica in Mexico) in hot water, resulting in a fresh and tangy drink with a floral flavour. Served with our selection of tequilas, and garnished with jamaica flowers. This cocktail has a lovely and unique flavor and it’s flavored with one of the most popular and typical agua frescas you can try

Ingredients: Tequila, simple syrup, Triple sec, Jamaica concentrate, tajin, Jamaica flower

Available: all the time

Lucha Libre Taqueria

722 Nelson, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 620-8981

Web: https://luchalibretacos.com/

Instagram @luchalibretaqueriavancouver

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Ban Chok Dee Thai

Lavender Lime Margarita

Price: $11

Created by: Nasraung and Savalee

Description:  Cease your summer’s heat with this refreshing Margarita! Thai- Mexican flavours; sweet, sour, spicy with soft fragrant of our summery lavender, sour from the lime and tamarind , and the spice from jalapeños and Thai chilli. Finally a touch of sweetness from home made caramel and a drop of butterfly pea flowers.

Ingredients:

tequila, triple sec, Lime and lavender syrup, Fresh lime juice, lavender ice cubes ,sugar & salt rim and lime wheel for garnish and a touch of tangy spice to Lime Tamarind Caramel.

Offered: Lunch and Dinner daily

Ban Chok Dee Thai

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Instagram @bcdthai

Thank you to all the chefs and bartenders, restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their Margaritas on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Margarita creations! See all the creations here.

By: Richard Wolak