Iced Tea meats Margaritas in this festive fusion cocktail.

Happy National Tequila Day! To celebrate, I created these Iced Tea Margaritas, or Iced Teagaritas.

I had so much fun with my Iced Tea Sangrias that I started to brainstorm what other variations I could make. I was waiting around for some repairmen in the morning and decided to test this out. Probably not the best idea to be sipping on tequila and cocktails in the morning, but it sure was delicious. This drink is a great balance of sweetened iced tea and classic margarita flavors.

Union Kitchen and Tap recently opened a second location in the heart of Gaslamp. In addition to the extensive bar selection which they are known for, this new location has a menu prepared by Executive Chef Sean Langlais (Oceanaire), Executive Sous Chef Jimmy Tessier (appeared on Food Network’s Chopped) and Sous Chef Luis (Searsucker).

We were recently invited to check out the new spot.

Spicy Pear Cocktail

I loved the scent of the sweet pear. The jalapeno added a mild and pleasant burn.

The menu had quite a few dishes I was interesting in trying, such as the fried quail waffles, but our server highly recommended we go the seafood route because of Chef Langlais background, so we trusted his recommendations.

Carolina Style Blue Crab Cake

We were told that this was exactly like the Oceanaire crab cake where Chef Langlais was previously at. Oceanaire’s crab cake remains one of my favorite bites in San Diego, and I’ve definitely missed it since we haven’t been back to Oceanaire in quite a while, so I was excited by the prospect of getting it again here. Unfortunately, this was not the same. It was immediately apparent from the appearance.

These tequila jello shots are the perfect party dessert this summer.

So technically there is no watermelon in these jello shots. It’s made up of tequila and strawberry flavored Jell-O, placed into lime shells. I love how cute they turned out though.

Because they are served in fresh lime shells, there’s even a hint of lime mixed in, which pairs perfectly with the tequila.