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10 of the best margaritas in Dallas

By: Steven Lindsey

June 22, 2015

A visit to Dallas wouldn’t be complete without an icy cold margarita to beat the heat. Fortunately, nearly every restaurant and bar has their own variation, from classic lime margaritas to more unusual flavour combinations. Whether you take yours frozen or on the rocks, with salt or without, the best margaritas in Dallas come with a kick.

10 of the best margaritas in Dallas | Mariano's

The Original Frozen Margarita from Mariano’s © Steven Lindsey

Mariano’s Mexican Cuisine

 

If there were an official tour of the best margaritas in Dallas, Mariano’s would definitely be the first stop. It’s here (not this exact restaurant, but the same family) where Mariano Martinez introduced the world to his revolutionary invention: the frozen margarita machine. Perfectly smooth and equally tart and sweet, their Original Frozen might not be perfectly presented, but it’s still one of the best in town.

 

The Cedars Social

 

Craft cocktails have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the last several years and The Cedars Social was one of the first players during the comeback. The 1970s-themed cocktail den serves Tequila Por Mi Amante (Tequila for My Lover), with strawberry-infused Don Julio Silver, fresh lemon juice, cane syrup and club soda for a little fizz.

 10 of the best margaritas in Dallas | Wild Salsa

The creamy Avocado Margarita at Wild Salsa © Wild Salsa

Wild Salsa

 

If you find yourself downtown, pop into Wild Salsa for an avocado margarita. The creamy concoction blends roasted pineapple and jalapeo-infused tequila with hand-pressed lime juice, agave nectar, Hass avocado, and ice. Trust us, it works.

 

Abacus

 

At Abacus, a fine dining restaurant from celebrity chef Kent Rathbun, the fiery Fresno Rita comes with double the peppers. Tequila Cabeza is blended with julienned jalapeo and Fresno peppers, agave nectar, and fresh lime – one of the best margaritas in Dallas for those who can handle the heat.

10 of the best margaritas in Dallas | Pakpao

The ChulaRita at Pakpao features an Asian twist © Aphelia Restaurant Group

Pakpao

 

For an Asian twist on the classic margarita, try the ChulaRita at Pakpao. There, you’ll get a frozen cocktail made with lemongrass and orange-peel-infused tequila, lemongrass water, prickly pear liqueur, and lime. Wonderfully refreshing.

 

Asador

 

Get back to basics with the Flama De Asador at Asador, set inside the Renaissance Hotel. Simply prepared, this rocks margarita features Siembre Azul tequila, fresh lime juice and cane syrup. Alternatively, opt for something a little more unusual and have it made with one of the bar’s 50 other hand-selected tequilas.

10 of the best margaritas in Dallas | Cantina Laredo

A flowery creation, the Hibiscus Margarita at Cantina Laredo © Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo

 

There are several Cantina Laredo locations around town where you can try their signature Casa Rita margarita, or opt for a hibiscus version with 1800 silver tequila, Cointreau, hibiscus syrup, and lime juice, shaken and poured into a sugar-rimmed glass with a wild hibiscus flower garnish.

 

Jorge’s Tex-Mex Cafe

 

Found in the Dallas Arts District, Jorge’s Tex-Mex Cafe makes a tropical-inspired frozen coconut margarita with organic tequila blanco, coconut puree and coconut water. Lime juice is added before blending and the cocktail is topped with strawberries and coconut shavings.

10 of the best margaritas in Dallas | Meso Maya

Spicy and fruity, the Serrano Berry Margarita at Meso Maya © Meso Maya

Meso Maya

 

With two locations in town, Meso Maya makes one of the best margaritas in Dallas. The Serrano Berry Margarita, an on-the-rocks blend of white tequila, fresh strawberries, lime and Serrano peppers, offers a balanced fruity-spicy fix.

 

Komali

 

Komali bartender Leann Berry is always winning awards for her margaritas, but it’s the Caliente Clementine that’s really making the headlines. Herradura Double Barrel Reposado tequila (created specifically for the restaurant) is mixed with tangerine puree, habaero peppers, Cointreau, and fresh lime, and served over ice.

 

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What are your best margaritas in Dallas? Have we missed out any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

Written by Steven Lindsey

Steven Lindsey

Steven Lindsey is a Dallas editor, freelance writer and obsessed lover of travel, food and cocktails. Steven is editor of the Zagat blog in Dallas and Contributing Editor of He Said Magazine's USA and Dallas editions. Additionally, he regularly contributes to The Dallas Morning News special sections.

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