The 10 Best Margaritas in NYC, 2015 Edition

The 10 Best Margaritas in NYC, 2015 Edition
Courtesy Horchata

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.

The 10 Best Margaritas in NYC, 2015 Edition
Todd Coleman

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

The 10 Best Margaritas in NYC, 2015 Edition
Scarlett Lindeman for the Village Voice

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

The 10 Best Margaritas in NYC, 2015 Edition
Courtesy Horchata

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 Raposo



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