For the best margarita in the upper Roaring Fork Valley, head to the quirky Woody Creek Tavern, where the waitresses are surly and the margaritas are sour. And strong. In fact, they're so potent that the restaurant won't serve them by the pitcher. Most people bike down and either hitch a ride or the bus back, making two of the drinks A-OK in these parts.
These frothy margs are best consumed half and half, meaning part traditional margarita and part strawberry margarita. The tasty mix is a fun twist on the regular drink, and one of these starts the night off just in time to head to Eric's Bar, the popular watering hole which conveniently shares the same roof.
This Latin bistro has an underground, indoors restaurant which spills onto the pedestrian mall on summer nights, and the margaritas and mojitos are one reason why. From the house to top shelf, the tequila cocktail is one of the staff specialities. The creative menu, featuring native dishes like chapulines (grasshoppers) is quite tasty too.
All of this bar's craft cocktails are handmade from pure ingredients, and the TLC the bartenders put into each drink shows. For the marg, Sauza Blue Blanco tequila, Combier orange liqueur, lime juice, agave simple, and a dash of
egg white is served shaken with a slightly salted rim.
If a fine margarita is on the agenda, stop by La Palapa, where the menu boasts a $25 marg. Made with Cuervo Reserva de Familia, Grand Marnier Centenaire and fresh-squeezed sour, this icy beverage uses fine ingredients which make it worth the splurge.