On gloomy days, we dream of wasting away in Margaritaville. So we order a round (or three) to warm ourselves up from the inside out. Here are eight marvelous margaritas to help you chase away the winter blues while celebrating National Margarita Day.
Blood Orange Margarita at Rocco’s Tacos, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
A citrusy spin on the classic. Blood orange liqueur and puree, lime juice, and just a touch of grapefruit add acidic pep to the ruddy tipple. It has a strong kick, thanks to plenty of blanco tequila. Make a reservation at Rocco’s Tacos.
The Chef’s Margarita at I|O Godfrey, Chicago, Illinois
This is not the usual mixture of tequila and lime. Sure, it includes blanco tequila, but it’s buttressed by Cointreau and Cointreau Noir as well as a bevy of fresh juices. There’s a crowning cloud of habanero salt air to complete this charming proposition. Make a reservation at I|O Godfrey.
Prickly Position at Dirty Habit, Washington, D.C.
If you drink too many of these, you may end up in a prickly position. Or maybe a more lascivious position. The potentially fate-changing cocktail features sotol (a Mexican spirit distilled from the dasylirion plant), mezcal, nopal juice, pineapple gomme, lime juice, and serrano pepper ice cubes. Make a reservation at Dirty Habit.
El Chingon Margarita at Don Chido, San Diego, California
How many cocktails featuring a rubber ducky dressed as a mariachi guitarist have you enjoyed? Zero? We thought not. This massive made-for-sharing margarita incorporates reposado tequila, lime juice, and agave nectar to sweeten the deal. Make a reservation at Don Chido.
Classic Frozen Margarita at PM Fish and Steakhouse, Miami, Florida
There’s something to be said for the classics — because they’re classics for a reason. Case in point: this freshly blended frozen ‘rita made garnished with a lime wheel. No fuss, all flavor. Make a reservation at PM Fish and Steakhouse.
Margarita Flight at Searsucker, Austin, Texas
Why enjoy only one margarita at a time when you can take on a trio? Better yet, each one has a spicy sizzle. First up is pineapple-serrano. The second features a strawberry-jalapeño infused tequila and candied jalapeños. The last incorporates tequila infused with mango and habanero and comes garnished with thinly sliced habaneros. Muy caliente! Make a reservation at Searsucker.