We’re fortunate to reside in a margarita wonderland, because the refreshing combined drink reaches new heights right here within the Southwest. Listed below are 10 of the Valley’s prime examples.
The City Margarita
6685 West Beardsley Street, Glendale
Now, this place has many marg choices, which isn’t any shock because the phrase is true within the title. City Margarita presents pineapple jalapeno, cucumber jalapeno, prickly pear, blood orange, elderflower, and extra, however what we advocate is the namesake City Margarita. It is Hornitos silver, Grand Marnier, agave, contemporary lime, and well worth the price ticket.
We wouldn’t have delicate phrases for the extra-spicy Tropical Warmth margarita from GuacStar.
Tropical Warmth Margarita
GuacStar Kitchen & Cantina
920 East College Drive, #204, Tempe
We wouldn’t have delicate phrases for the extra-spicy Tropical Warmth margarita from GuacStar. The chile de árbol is scorching, apparently six occasions hotter than a jalapeño in line with the menu. Nevertheless, the quick hit of the pineapple puree, combined with the God-sent avocado pit and cilantro-infused tequila, offers it a pleasant steadiness. What’s extra, all specialty margaritas are $6 throughout Guactail hour, which is four to six p.m. every day. Simply bear in mind, it’s important to descend these brick stairs, so perhaps cap it at three.
2814 North 16th Avenue, #1205
This tropical tackle the traditional cocktail is bound to brighten your afternoon, although if you happen to’re eating at Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza beloved Barrio Cafe you are in all probability already having a superb day. All margaritas listed below are killer, however the Suave provides a bit of one thing. It is a mixture of Chamucos Blanco Tequila with agave, pineapple, cilantro, and lime, and it is heaven.
The unimaginable Arcadia margarita from CRUjiente Tacos.
3961 East Camelback Street
At CRUjiente Tacos, the Premier Cru margarita is our go-to — 100 p.c blue agave tequila, home agave syrup, freshly squeezed lime, and a muddled orange to offer it some character. However we have additionally been recognized to modify it up and order the intense, contemporary Arcadia margarita, which provides cilantro, jalapeno, and cucumber to the combo, or the candy and spicy Ardour Fruit Serrano margarita. No matter you select, attempt to go both throughout completely happy hour or on CRUjiente’s Margarita Mondays when you will get any of those for a really cheap $5 a pop from three to 10 p.m.
A Margarita Pitcher
3347 North Seventh Avenue
Although Mi Patio’s margarita form of tastes like lime Gatorade, the truth that you get an enormous pitcher for practically $12 when different bars serve one marg for greater than that places this place within the operating. Nevertheless, if you happen to’re driving solo, the home rocks margarita is simply over $three for an everyday serving and $5 for an extra-large. Mix all with certainly one of Mi Patio’s large and cheap plates or simply follow the quickly refilled chips and salsa.
The drinks are nearly as fairly because the view at Gallo Blanco.
928 East Pierce Avenue
Gallo Blanco bartenders shake up a wide range of margaritas with tequila, lime, and home bitter, however we favor to select the confirmed concoctions. At Gallo, that is the Jamaica. The home cocktail comprises just some substances: jamaica-infused tequila, Aperol, lime, and vanilla. However certain to snag a seat on the patio if you happen to can, or the bar space with the floor-to-ceiling home windows. The most effective half? It is solely $7 throughout completely happy hour.
Ghost Ranch Southwest Delicacies
1006 East Warner Street, #102-103, Tempe
Whereas all of the Ghost Ranch margaritas are well worth the journey to south Tempe, solely the Fuego Margarita is made with chile de arbol infused tequila. Mix that with triple sec, agave syrup, and contemporary lime juice for a cool drink in an excellent cooler Southwestern setting (we’re speaking about Ghost Ranch’s improbable eating room). It is $9, or $6 throughout completely happy hour.
The grownup squishee is at Taco Chelo.
501 East Roosevelt Avenue
Taco Chelo’s patio permits you to watch the denizens of Roosevelt Row stroll by whereas having fun with tacos, chips, and one thing to drink. That drink? It’s going to should be the frozen home margarita — or Consuelo’s Margarita. It is a easy mixture of Jose Cuervo Tradicional, which means 100 p.c blue agave-rested tequila, plus triple sec, lime, and agave. It is blended with ice to create what we wish to name the grownup squishee. It is tart, it is candy, and it melts quick.
525 South Central Avenue
All the pieces at The Duce is produced from outdated recipes, and its margarita isn’t any totally different. Based mostly on a recipe from 1941, the bartender squeezes contemporary lime after contemporary lime right into a shaker, including Tierras Natural Tequila, Fruit Lab Orange Liqueur, and agave earlier than muddling much more lime. The small drink, served in a cutesy mason jar with a brightly coloured straw is so refreshing — like a booze-infused limeade — that you’re going to wish to drink one after one other when the temps begin to rise.
Everybody’s favourite at Roaring Fork: the frozen huckleberry margarita.
Huckleberry Frozen Margarita
4800 North Scottsdale Street, Scottsdale
A margarita with a scrumptious berry twist? It may not be genuine, but it surely certain is nice to drink. The frozen huckleberry margarita is a signature merchandise right here. It is a deep purple, insanely tasty, and $7 throughout completely happy hour (or $5 on Nationwide Margarita Day, which is February 22). The one caveat is the brain-freeze. And for selection’s sake, there’s additionally the spicy jalapeño margarita, a peach margarita, and the Raging Rita (only a home marg served on the rocks or frozen).
Editor’s observe: This story was initially revealed on February 22, 2018. It was up to date on February 22, 2021.
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