Today is National Margarita Day, and we strongly recommend taking some time this evening to celebrate the ubiquitous cocktail. Houston has no shortage of amazing margs, so it’s hard go wrong—any of the best restaurants in town will shake up a mixed drink worthy of your time. But tequila is an adventurous spirit, best suited for the bold at heart. Nudge past the classic combination of lime, orange liqueur, and agave spirits, and you’ll find a plethora of bewitching variations. Here are a few of our favorites.
The Kirby Drive ($13)
Chapman & Kirby at East Village
Espolon Blanco Tequila is blended with El Espadin Mezcal, pineapple and lime juice, and agave for this sweet, refreshing twist on your favorite drink.
2118 Lamar St
The Watermelon Mezcal Margarita ($10)
Goode Company Kitchen & Cantina
The latest restaurant in the Goode Company family is already on its way to becoming a local favorite. Take a sip of their signature cocktail, which combines El Silencio Mezcal, watermelon, lime, and orange liqueur, and you’ll see why.
9005 Katy Fwy
The Mezcla de Agave ($12)
Salty, smoky, tangy, and sweet, this drink is engineered to please the taste buds. Codigo Rosa Tequila and Vida Mezcal are blended with summer fruit and lime to achieve balanced perfection.
2525 West Loop S
The Blood Orange Margarita ($13)
Blood orange bitters are the difference-maker here, added to an already-mouthwatering combination of Cimarron Tequila, blood orange liqueur, and fresh lime juice. A chili-salt rim adds a pleasant burn and an extra pop of color.
2929 Weslayan St
La Parilla ($11)
State of Grace
Smoky and smooth, the La Parilla starts with a base of reposado tequila infused with blistered serrano peppers. From there, grilled lime, smoked salt, and triple sec form a winning combination. Finally, a mezcal floater adds some extra punch to this heavy-hitter.
3258 Westheimer Rd
The Malberita ($10)
Tango & Malbec
Wine-lovers can’t miss this tasteful twist. Trivento Malbec adds notes of red fruit and oak to a traditional combination of Don Nacho Silver Tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice.
2800 Sage Rd
The Szechuan Margarita ($14)
Add some spice to your night with Yauatcha’s bold, Chinese interpretation of a classic margarita. Thai chili-infused blanco tequila, Ancho Reyes Verde Chili Licor, and Szechuan aloe syrup all bring the heat, with a healthy dose of lime to help extinguish the flames.
5045 Westheimer Rd
The Cafe Annie Margarita ($13)
There’s nothing more bold than raw authenticity. This is a margarita in the most traditional sense—no added sugar, syrups, or juices cloud the combination of fresh lime juice, Cointreau, and premium silver tequila. If you want to know what a real margarita tastes like, this is one of the best—and the strongest— in town.
1800 Post Oak Blvd
Featured photo courtesy of Roka Akor.