The best celebrations involve good company, delicious food and of course, satisfying drinks. Commemorate the day of Mexican victory with a frosty beverage made with tequila. A margarita is the perfect way to cool down, relax with friends or celebrate with comrades. CBS Boston discovered the area’s best margaritas last year. Here are updated and expanded tequila-infused choices for a muy bueno Cinco de Mayo, Whether you like them frozen or the rocks, sweet or salty.
885 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
Price: $10 and up
Hours: Mon to Fri 10 a.m. – 2 a.m., Sat and Sun 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
With drink flavors like prickly pear, lemon razz, watermelon, pomegranate and strawberry, Whiskey’s is your spot if you like margaritas fruity and cold. The hot spot serves up margarita concoctions that make your mouth water and taste buds tingle with every sip. Don’t fret if sweet and fruity isn’t your type. Whiskey’s offers more than ten margarita choices. Try the Horni Margarita with Suaza Hornitos and Triple Sec instead, or the Platinum Margarita with Tres Generaciones, Triple Sec and a splash of orange juice. Whatever you choose, Whiskey’s provides enough variety to ensure you leave happy.
939 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
Price: Basic margarita is $6.50, choose a premium tequila for $8 and up
Hours: Lunch Fri to Sun 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dinner Sun to Wed 4 p.m – 10 p.m., Thurs 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Fri and Sat 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The secret to the Cactus Club’s perfect margarita is its homemade sour mix. Made onsite and flavored with finesse, filled with tangy, salty overtones and a lime undertone, this mix makes for a stellar margarita. Choose higher shelf tequila for a smoother taste, then enjoy some Cinco de Mayo excitement. Arrive early, as the line to get in on Cinco de Mayo has been rumored to extend down the block.
283 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210
Price: Starting at $8 for the house margarita, $40 for a pitcher
Hours: Mon to Sat 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m., Sun 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Combine a fun, funky atmosphere with freshly made, inexpensive margaritas and let the Cinco de Mayo revelry begin. Papagayo offers a full margarita menu, in addition to its food and cocktails menues, that is packed with over 15 unique margarita choices. Choose among flavors like pomegranate or mango to ramp up your classic margarita. Or, pick a specialty drink like The Elite, with Don Julio Real, Grand Marnier and fresh lime. Pair one of these margaritas with complimentary chips and salsa, or choose from a full range of bar and dining entrees. Come in for the food, but stay for the drinks. This cantina will keep you filled and sated all night.
Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake
384 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
Price: $8 and up
Hours: Daily 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Known for creative flare in the kitchen, Chef Poe wouldn’t ask for anything less in the bar. Try a Harvest Margarita with Honeycrisp apple cider, the Bostonian with agave nectar or the Cranberry Jalapeño with Poe’s homemade mix, and your tongue will dance with happiness. New and interesting flavors make this the stop for Cinco de Mayo couture, especially on the patio.
271 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116
Price: $12 and up for singles, $44 for pitchers
Hours: Daily – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Sweet, spicy, salty… whichever margarita is your preference, Lolita’s can fix you up with the perfect match. Step into a Gothic setting, but be prepared to be delighted with Mexican medleys. The Morena Margarita features brown sugar and fresh lime, the Diablo has serrano chile and blood oranges and the Broken Heart is filled with patron citronage and white grapes. Any choice at Lolita’s is a good on for a tasty margarita. Pair one with the delectable nachos for an extra treat.
Kat Webber is a graduate of Bentley University. Her random interests include reading, writing short stories, traveling, mythology, beers (especially microbrews), poetry, shoes, dessert, fuzzy socks and scrapbooking. Kat currently resides in Somerville, MA. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.