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!




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