La Condesa

La Condesa Decor 2La Condesa is becoming a mainstay of ours. From their bright and cheery décor, to having one of the Top 5 Margaritas in Austin, this is the kind of place that just makes me happy.

 

La Condesa TacosOften thought of as one of the more expensive Mexican restaurants in Austin, the key is knowing when to go and what to order. On Sunday mornings, skip the specialty cocktails and opt for their $2 Bloody Mary and Mimosas. Get some of the tacos, they are mix and match and can be ordered a la carte. Grab a fish taco, grilled and dressed with a light aioli and pair it with one of the roasted chicken tacos, topped with cilantro, onions, and salsa verde and you are on your way.

 

La Condesa Mixta Con Pollo RostizadoThe best brunch dish at La Condesa is the Mixta Con Pollo Rostizado. Mixed greens are piled high with thinly sliced onions and cucumbers, avocado and queso fresco, very lightly dressed in a mustard vinaigrette. The roasted chicken is perfectly seasoned and seems to be finished with a confit style of cooking, which gives it a savory balance to the fresh greens, not often found in a typical salad.

 

 

Margarita La CondesaIf Happy Hour is more your thing, come in for some of the best specialty cocktails in Austin. I would love to know who comes up with their cocktail list. The Margarita La Condesa, with fresh pineapple and herbaceous cactus-lemongrass salt rim, is perfectly balanced, and is number one on my list of Top 5 Margaritas in Austin.

 

 

The cubico is La Condesa El Cubicodownright sinful. The spice of the saffron salt rim and the smokiness of the tobacco pairs perfectly with the sweet vanilla brandy and grilled pineapple juice. Top it off with a hefty pour of cazadores resposado, you have the perfect sipper for when there is a little chill in the air. Best of all, all drinks are half off during happy hour, so the normally pricey specialty cocktails are all $6 from 5-7pm.

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

cucumber jalapeno margarita

Inspired by trying some of the best margaritas in Austin, I decided to take my own spin on a classic margarita with an added twist of cucumber and lime to make this fiery but refreshing.  I love all things spicy, so if you only like a little spice, I would just use one slice of jalapeno. In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber slices, jalapeno and honey simple syrup together. Add ice to the shaker and the remaining ingredients. Shake well and strain into a martini glass or on the rocks.

 

Ingredients
2 oz premium tequila (I used Herradura)cucumber and jalapeno
1 oz premium triple sec (I used Cointreau)
1 ½ oz fresh squeezed lime juice (1-2 limes)
1 tbsp honey simple syrup (see recipe)
2 slices cucumber
2 slices fresh jalapeno

Enjoy!

Top 5 Margaritas in Austin

Ahh the margarita.  One of the great classic cocktails and a summertime favorite in Austin.  We even get a few eighty degree days sprinkled in January that allows us to love the margarita year round.  I love a good boozy margarita and here are the top five places to get them in Austin.  You won’t find any sour-mix-sugar-bombs on this list.

 

  1. La Condesa – Margarita La CondesaLa Condesa

Cazadores blanco, damiana, fresh pineapple & lime juice, agave nectar and cactus-lemongrass salt rim.

One of the sweeter margaritas on the list, the classic margarita gets a fresh twist from the sweetness of the pineapple juice and the herbaceous cactus-lemongrass salt rim.

 

 

2. Fonda San Miguel – Numero Uno MargaritaFonda San Miguel

T1 Reposado Tequila, Grand Marnier Centenaire, agave nectar and lime juice.  Shaken and served up!

This traditional margarita is served martini style and highlights the T1 Resposado tequila.  While T1 Resposado is more often found on premium tequila lists for sipping, it’s less often found as an ingredient on a signature margarita.  Aged in oak barrels for 6 months, this tequila is a perfect blend of citrus fruit and woody flavors for a premium margarita.

 

3. El AlmaEl Alma

Frozen Margarita Clasica – el jimador silver 100% agave tequila, triple sec, lime juice, agave nectar.

This frozen margarita is one of our “go-to” margaritas, and for good reason.  The Clasica is strong, refreshing, and best enjoyed on the rooftop dining room overlooking downtown Austin.  For only $6 during happy hour (3-6pm, daily), this is one of the best affordable margaritas in town.

 

 

4. Benji’sBenjis – Pepino Endiablo

Corzo Silver Tequila, muddled jalapeno, cucumber, simple syrup and fresh lime.

Although Benji’s lists the Pepino Endiablo on their “mixed drinks” menu and not on their margarita list, the classic margarita flavors of tequila and lime spiced up with muddled jalapeno and a fresh twist of the cucumber, this drink deserves a nod as one of the best margaritas in Austin.

 

5. El Naranjo – MargaritaEl Naranjo

El Naranjo takes classic margarita ingredients of triple sec and fresh lime and gives you your choice of over 30 tequilas and 20 mescals to choose from.  They are mixed perfectly, but make sure to check the menu for prices.  Some of the ultra-premium tequilas and mescals are better to be sipped only!