Shaken, not stirred. And preferably with a side of guac. Check out our top five salt-rimmed favorites in New York City.
1 ABC Cocina
An ABC experience never complete without a house cocktail. In ABC Cocina's case, the margaritas are nothing short of obligatory. The five versions featured on the menu put others to shame. Take the passion fruit margarita, for example. This bad boy is concocted with Ilegal Joven, an un-aged mezcal known for its deep espadín agave aromas and light smoky notes, along with fresh passion fruit and a smoked sea salt rim. The perfect complement to, well, everything on the menu.
38 East 19th Street between Broadway and Park Avenue South
2 El Toro Blanco
Four words: chile rubbed mango margarita. Need we say more? We probably should, as this firecracker must be done justice. Tequila, mango, cilantro, habañero, lime, and agave harmonize for a sweet and spicy 'rita experience. Say "cheers" to thy margarita-sipping neighbors and drink up. Caution: contents hot.
257 Avenue of the Americas between Bedford and Downing Streets
3 Bodega Negra
Freedom of choice is the name of the game at Dream Downtown's Bodega Negra. The Premium Margarita offers drinker's choice from the full selection of tequilas and mezcals for a bespoke margarita tailored to taste. If the list seems overwhelming, let the bartender take the reins. Herradura and Patron and Tapatio, oh my.
355 West 16th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues (inside Dream Downtown)
4 La Esquina
If La Esquina were a margarita from its own menu, it would most certainly be the Hibiscus Rose. This sultry sipper is constructed with Espolón Reposado Tequila, hibiscus rose water infused syrup, Triple Sec, and freshly squeezed lime juice. But wait, there's more. Wash it down with a flight of La Esquina's tequila and mescal selections, perfect for the not faint-at-heart.
114 Kenmare Street at Centre Street
Spice spice, baby. Agave's house margaritas are renowned for shaking up the West Village's margarita scene and are arguably the hottest in the city. The Acapulco Spice, made with house-distilled jalapeño-infused tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and jalapeños, has been known to reduce its sippers to tears. For those craving a tamer version, go for the Tradicional available with a choice of fresh mango, pomegranate, passion fruit, prickly pear, or blood orange juices. Olé!
140 Seventh Avenue South between Charles and West 10th Streets