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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Since we can’t get out and celebrate at our favorite places, we’re reminiscing on the best margaritas we’ve ever had.
“The best city to drink margaritas is Austin. It’s hard to find a bad one but my favorite is the Margarita La Condesa at La Condesa, which mixes in fresh pineapple juice and has a cactus-lemongrass salt rim. That said, last week I ordered delivery from one of my fave NYC Mexican restaurants, Calexico, and the tart and potent margarita that arrived in a plastic container was absolute perfection. (I put it in my own margarita glass, thank you very much.)” —Ellen Carpenter, editor in chief
“One of my old regular spots in San Francisco, the Latin American Club in the Mission District, is famous for its margaritas. They’re not the BEST margs I’ve ever had, but they’re seriously powerful and served in pint glasses, so they’re … effective. Plus, the bar has a bunch of cool piñatas hanging from the ceiling.” —Justin Goldman, deputy editor
“I love everything on the menu at ATLA, but their Carlota’s Margarita is next-level—and also kind of weird (in a great way). It’s made with Casa Dragones tequila, Cocchi Americano and Dolin Blanc vermouths, and lime curd, which lends it a key lime pie–like flavor.” —Nicholas DeRenzo, executive editor
“Fresh lime margaritas at Barrio Chino on the LES. Can a couple of those, plus an order of guacamole y totopos be delivered to my place like now?” —Jessie Adler, photo director
“I love the margaritas at Barrio in Cleveland. They have every flavor you can imagine and they do them on the rock or blended. They’re perfect for summers spent on their patio, but I’ve also been there in the dead of winter slurping one down with plenty of chips and their famous stoner queso on the side.” —Sydney Otto, assistant digital & social editor