5 of the Best Restaurant Margaritas
News flash: Margarita cravings are real. And they don’t go away. Whether you’re craving a tequila-soaked Tuesday evening just because or are raising a celebratory glass for National Margarita Day on February 22, here are some of the most delectable margs salted, erm, sprinkled around the country and Mexico.
1. Cheeca Lodge & Spa | Islamorada, Florida
Sip on your thirst-quenching Black Rita with an Islamorada twist at this beautiful oceanfront property. Patron Reposado Tequila and Triple Sec set the base, while agave nectar, lime juice, lightly muddled blackberries, and a mint garnish round out the mix of this refreshing drink.
2. Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa | Montauk, New York
Looking for a playful riff on the original classic? Located in Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, the Regent Cocktail Club features the El Santo Tiki, a swirl of punchy Avian Silver tequila mixed with mango puree and finished with a dash of cayenne pepper for heat. Led by managing partner and celebrated bartender, Julio Cabrera, the Regent Cocktail Club at Gurney’s is quite the place to get a buzz going: It was anointed the best hotel bar in the world (yes, the world) by Tales of the Cocktail.
3. Fairmont Mayakoba | Playa del Carmen, Mexico
OK, around the country and across the border. No surprises here, Mexico brings its marg-game to outrageously awesome heights. Fairmont Mayakoba, the AAA-5 Diamond resort in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, celebrates Mexico’s national drink by offering guests their speciality margarita, the Cucumber Habanero Margarita. Heat enthusiast? The Habanero pepper is one of the most popular hot chili peppers in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and gives any cocktail that Mexican kick and flavor!
4. The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City | Arlington, Virginia
You had us at “Champagne Margarita.” This classy Sip on a classy libation offered at The Ritz-Carlton’s Fyve Restaurant Lounge will make your palate pop in glee with Don Julio Silver Tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, Ritz Champagne Float, an optional Grand Mariner Float, and a garnish of a lime wheel and pure sugar.
5. FIRE Restaurant, the ART Hotel | Denver, Colorado
This Blood Orange Margarita, which can be found at FIRE Restaurant, almost goes down too easy. Almost. This innovative take on a margarita adds spice and notes of intrigue with a fusion of Peligrosso Blanco Tequila, ancho reyes chili liqueur, blood orange, and lime, topped with with San Pellegrino, sea salt, and chili rum. Sip and savor as you soak up city views and good-time feelings.