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¡Viva Margarita!

Tequila, lime juice, sweet and sour, and a little salt on the rim. This simple Mexican classic is commonly believed to have originated in a 1941 at Hussong’s Cantina in Esenada, Mexico, as a bartender’s attempt to impress a visiting German ambassador’s daughter, Margarita Henkel. But the margarita has come a long way since the ‘40s, and countless flavors and variations now dominate bars and cantinas across North America.

You can find few of these delicious renditions around Baton Rouge if you know where to look. Fortunately, DIG does, and we’re sharing our best suggestions just in time for Cinco de Mayo.

LOCAL INFUSION

THE ABITARITA

Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant

This grande frozen margarita comes in two variations: strawberry swirl with an Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager upside down in the glass, or raspberry swirl with Abita Purple Haze. The saltiness of the Abita cuts the sweetness of the fruity margaritas to make this one deliciously balanced beverage.

BIGGEST

THE GRANDE

Zippy’s Burritos, Tacos, & More

Nothing like a styrofoam cup the size of your head at 2 a.m. The biggest margarita in town weighs in at a whopping 44 ounces and comes in both house ($12) and top shelf ($13.50) varieties. If you’re taking on this challenge, make sure you get a good seat on the patio and bring a designated driver.

SPICIEST

THE VELVET HEAT

The Velvet Cactus

Can you handle it? This drink combines Sauza Blue Reposado tequila, pomegranate juice, lime juice, and habanero infused simple syrup. A little salty, a little tangy, and spicy enough to give you a little something to remember it by. If you’re an adventurous drinker, this one’s for you.

CHEAPEST

THE 99-CENT MARG

TJ Ribs

So maybe this 99-cent margarita isn’t the biggest—it comes in an eight-ounce glass—but it packs a surprising punch to make up for its small stature. Five bucks should be more than enough for you to get your fill of these bargain-priced beauties.

UNEXPECTED FLAVOR

BLUBERRY BASIL MARGARITA

La Carreta

Imagine the summertime vibe of a margarita with the depth and personality of a mojito, and you’re getting close to La Carreta’s Blueberry Basil Margarita. Infused with muddled blueberries and basil leaves, this drink brings some darker and more complex flavors to the margarita’s traditionally bright and playful lime notes.

STRONGEST

THE TOP SHELF

Superior Grill

If you’ve been to Superior Grill, you know they have the strongest margaritas in town. So what’s the strongest of the strong? Their Top Shelf Margarita starts with Milagro tequila boasting a 40 to 45 percent alcohol volume and replaces the typical triple sec with GranGala, a powerful (also 40 triple orange liqueur made from Italian brandy infused with the essence of fresh oranges. Hold on to your barstool for this one.

MOST MAGICAL

THE MAGIC MARGARITA

Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant

You’ve definitely never had a margarita like this before. Order the Magic Margarita and you’ll be presented with a glass of shaved ice topped with a cloud of cotton candy. The magic happens when your server pours a shaker of tequila and lime juice to dissolve the cotton candy into the drink and meld it all into one wonderfully weird margarita.

BEST CLASSIC

El Paso Mexican Grill

There’s a time and place for all kinds of fantastical imaginings of this tequila cocktail, but sometimes you just want a good old-fashioned margarita. If you’re looking for one of the purest embodiments of the classic, head to El Paso for a carefully crafted glass of sunshine.

BRUNCH FAVE

THE MIMOSARITA

Olive or Twist

Part of Olive or Twist’s extensive Sunday brunch craft mimosa menu, the MimosaRita brings together tequila, lime, agave nectar, and champagne for a delightfully fizzy take on the marg.

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