Which bars participate in Portland Margarita Week?

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From June 6-12, $4 of each drink will be donated to a nonprofit organization building a community and technical school in Guatemala.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The recent warm weather may have you saying “salud” — or “cheers” — to the margarita, the unofficial drink of summer. Portland Margarita Week runs from June 6 to June 12. This year, 23 bars and restaurants are participating, each with a unique and delicious twist on a margarita.

The money raised for each drink will be donated to build an approved non-profit school in Guatemala. The goal this year is to raise $15,000.

Believed to have been invented in 1938 somewhere between Tijuana and Rosarito, Mexico, a margarita consists of tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice.

“I love a margarita. It’s usually what I drink when I go to a bar,” Sierra Kirk-Luebke said.

She’s been behind the bar for years at Portland’s tiki institution, Hale Pele, before opening his own bar during the pandemic. It’s called Cliff’snamed after her stepfather, on Northeast Russell Street under the Wonder Ballroom.

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“Each month we choose a different charity and we choose a different spirit to focus on and we create a cocktail based on that,” she said.

When she heard from a friend about Portland Margarita Week, it suited her just fine. Bars and restaurants participate in all quadrants of the city.

Brad Stephens, the president of the Oregon Bartenders Guild, came up with the idea in 2021. He wanted to help get people excited for the summer and get them out of the house and onto a patio to help businesses struggling due of the pandemic.

With every margarita sold, $4 will go towards building El Patojismo. This is an innovative community and technical school for children in a hard-hit region of Guatemala. Major tequila brands — including Herradurra, Patron, Cazadores, el Jimador and Ilegal Mezcal — will match the donations, along with every participating bar and restaurant.

El Patojismo is controlled, ranked among the best and verified by the organization Global Giving. The non-profit organization is also a winner of the CNN Hero award.

Stephens was happy to pick this year’s nonprofit and break the news to them.

“When I said [founder] Juan Pablo that our goal was to raise $15,000, he lost his mind. He said, “We can finish school with that kind of money,” Stephens said.

Margarita lovers who attend will be able to enjoy spicy margaritas, sweet margaritas and others with a fruity twist.

Cliff’s plans to serve a drink called “The Lost Weekend”. It includes elements of pineapple, Caribbean pineapple liqueur and el Jimador Blanco. They also have a homemade spicy chili syrup and their homemade chili salt rim.

Click here for a full list of participating restaurants and bars

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