Vote for Austin's best margarita in time for Cinco de Mayo
When National Margarita Day rolled around, we picked some of the best margaritas in Austin. Now, with Cinco de Mayo as another great excuse to binge on everyone's favorite Mexican cocktail, we want to see you judge which local establishment rocks the best rita.
Who would have figured that a gourmet burger joint could possess a top notch margarita? Hopdoddy's proves that you don't need enchiladas on the menu to know how to make one of these bad boys, using silver tequila, triple sec made in-house (because they're committed to minimizing waste), lime juice, and rimmed with black lava salt from Hawaii.
If you prefer a little fire in your belly, then Star Bar has a margarita that makes sure to thrown in some spice along with the sweet and sour. Made with Hornitos Reposado, Cointreau, lime, orange slice, a dash of agave nectar, one slice of jalapeño with the seeds, and habanero lime sauce, this concoction has a kick that almost sobers you up again — almost.
The margarita is the cocktail of a thousand faces, and Takoba offers up its own enticing remix. Made with Lajita Mezcal (the smokier cousin of tequila), aperol, lime and grapefruit juice, a splash of simple syrup, and a drop of hellfire bitters, the Mezcarrita is certainly a unique spin on the Mexican classic.
Most of the frozen margaritas that you come across are packed with artificial flavoring, but Maudie's keeps them just as fresh as the rest of their delicious menu. While they boast an impressive selection of margaritas, the fresh-squeezed frozen house margarita goes down super smooth with those chile rellenos, although its cheap price of $3.50 during happy hour may also help out with that.
If you want a margarita that can be sweet, savory, and refreshing all at once, Jack Allen's Kitchen has you covered. Their preparation combines Ambhar Reposado Tequila, St. Germain, muddled cucumber, fresh jalapeños, simple syrup, and fresh lime. It's getting hot out there, so this could be your choice to cool off.
The house margarita at Vivo could win Austin's prettiest margarita, but it has the taste to back up its good looks. Whether you prefer to customize yours with prickly pear, mango, strawberry, or add in some hibiscus syrup and house-made cucumber puree, you'll look and feel swanky when sipping on this classy cocktail.