What’s a Texas summer without a good margarita? Most recipes of this simple Mexican and American cocktail classic consist of just tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice, but nearly infinite varieties have sprung up since its bump in popularity during the Prohibition era. Whether you prefer your margarita up or down in tumbler glass, frozen, shaken, on the rocks, with a salted rim and fresh lime, or any combination thereof, here are the best places to satiate your summer margarita fix in Dallas.
This Mexican restaurant is most well known for its delectable seafood. But La Calle Doce’s margaritas are equally worth writing home about. Enjoy them frozen or on the rocks at La Calle’s Lakewood and Oak Cliff locations, both roughly 10 minutes’ drive from AMLI Quadrangle.
The Mexican port city of Alvarado’s unique cuisine is influenced by indigenous, Spanish, French and African culinary traditions. Enjoy this spectacular cuisine alongside the same margaritas Beyonce and Jay-Z are known to enjoy when on tour in the Big D. In addition to classic, mango and hibiscus-flavored frozen margaritas, Mesa shakes up specialty spicy and smoky margaritas.
This Plano restaurant serves mouthwatering cuisine, but its inventive margarita infusions generate at least as much buzz as the food. The La Doña Margarita is infused with pear puree, allspice dram and honey, and is one of the most complex. But it’s just one of more than a dozen margarita-inspired cocktails on the drink menu. Mexican Sugar is a five-minute drive from both AMLI at the Ballpark and AMLI West Plano.
This Dallas institution’s Mambo Taxi makes virtually every list of the city’s best margaritas. It’s a classic frozen lime margarita, topped with a splash of Mi Cocina’s signature sangria. The restaurant’s Highland Park Village location is a 10-minute drive from AMLI on Maple.
Specialty margaritas are the thing to drink at Mi Dia from Scratch, a restaurant that blends the rich flavors of Mexico City’s cuisine with those of Santa Fe and Tex-Mex. Choose from more than a dozen inventive twists on the classic margarita, including mezcal, hibiscus champagne and Hatch green chile-infused margs. The Plano expansion of the Grapevine-based restaurant is a five-minute walk from AMLI West Plano.
Strawberry margaritas are not all that uncommon in Dallas. But margaritas blended with fresh strawberries? Now there’s a novelty. And you can enjoy them at Mia’s Tex-Mex on Lemmon Avenue, a short drive from AMLI’s Uptown Dallas apartments.
Taqueria La Ventana’s frozen margaritas cost .75 a piece, and not just during happy hour. Not only are they dirt-cheap. They’re also tasty. Since this Dallas microchain’s McKinney Avenue location is less than a mile’s walk from AMLI Quadrangle, you don’t even have to worry about having a designated driver or hailing a cab on a night when ride-share demand promises to be high.