The 10 Best Margaritas in NYC, 2015 Edition
Margaritas spent a couple of decades in cocktail exile — they proliferated as a party drink, and most versions were candy-sweet, served in fishbowls, and strong enough to blow your face off. But the classic version of this drink is worth celebrating — it's a nicely balanced mix of sweet, tart, and somewhat verdant flavors, a drink that makes nice sipping on a sun-bathed patio, or, hell, any other time you'd like. No matter how you like yours — frozen or on the rocks, with or without salt, flavor-infused or classic — New York rolls deep in worthy margaritas. Here are the ten best in the city.
Rosalita, Fonda (multiple locations) Margaritas now come in a rainbow of variations. Some are great. Others are like the modern-day equivalent of a sour-apple martini — unbalanced and cloyingly sweet. Fonda offers the former, mixing a wide range of indigenous Mexican ingredients into its margaritas. The Rosalita, available frozen or on the rocks, blends the margarita and agua de jamaica (hibiscus tea); the drink is served in a glass with a hibiscus rim for an adult beverage that's slightly sweet and refreshing, with a nice tequila bite. — Sara Ventiera
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Margarita de Remolacha, Gran Electrica (5 Front Street, Brooklyn; 718-852-2700) The bar at DUMBO's Gran Electrica uses fresh beet juice in its margarita de remolacha ($13); the root vegetable dyes the cocktail a lustrous magenta and lends an earthy sweetness to the drink. It's very easy to suck down three, despite the Pueblo Viejo blanco tequila and Combier. — Scarlett Lindeman
Fig margarita, Horchata (470 Avenue of the Americas, 212-243-8226) The fig margarita at Horchata is a bright, rich, sweet-and-sour take on the beloved original. The drink combines fig syrup (basically black figs boiled down with sugar and water) with fresh lime, triple sec, and white tequila into a vigorously shaken mix that's appropriately bracing with added depth. Pair it with an equally fresh guacamole speckled with green apples. Not into fig? Horchata has a list of margarita flavors that includes jalapeño cucumber, blood orange, pomegranate, and classic. — Jacqueline RaposoNext Page
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