Margarita Nation

The Search Is On: Who Makes The Best Margarita In The Country?

The Original Margarita has been around for 70 years, and is made with three simple ingredients: Cointreau, tequila, and lime. But there are so many twists to The Original Margarita that we decided to search the nation to find the best of the best. Bartenders from around the country have submitted their takes on this classic cocktail, and The Infatuation judges have chosen a top 30.

Now we’ve opened up voting to the public to help choose the Top 3 Margaritas in the nation. And we need your help choosing your favorite cocktails from coast to coast—make sure to cast your vote for the Best of the East, Best of the West, and Best of the Central U.S. Plus, we’ve got a free three-month Friends of The Infatuation (FOTI) membership for the first 100 people who vote. A FOTI membership comes with benefits like special Infatuation content, event invitations, personalized eating and drinking recommendations, and discounts and perks from partners.

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Meet the Finalists
& Cast Your Vote

Now that we have a Top 30, it’s your turn. View all 30 finalists below and vote for your favorite margarita.

Best Margaritas of the East
TRES AMIGOS
Crazy Uncle Mike's 6450 N. Federal Hwy.
BOCA RATON, FL

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TRES AMIGOS
Crazy Uncle Mike's 6450 N. Federal Hwy.
BOCA RATON, FL
Recipe
1/2 OZ CORAZON REPOSADO
1/2 OZ LOS VECINOS MEZCAL
1 OZ ANCHO REYES POBLANO CHILE LIQEUR
1 OZ COINTREAU
1/2 OZ FRESH LIME JUICE
1/2 OZ LUXARDO CHERRY SYRUP
BERRY SPICY MARGARITA
The Butcher & The Bar 510 E. Ocean Avenue, Suite 101
BOYNTON BEACH, FL

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BERRY SPICY MARGARITA
The Butcher & The Bar 510 E. Ocean Avenue, Suite 101
BOYNTON BEACH, FL
Recipe
1 OZ FRESH BERRY AND FRESNO CHILI SYRUP
1 OZ COINTREAU
2 OZ BLANCO TEQUILA
1 OZ FRESH LIME JUICE
GARNISH DEHYDRATED FRESNO CHILI WHEEL AND SMOKED SALT RIM
FLOWER CHILD
Vega Lounge 2777 E. Atlantic Boulevard
POMPANO BEACH, FL

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FLOWER CHILD
Vega Lounge 2777 E. Atlantic Boulevard
POMPANO BEACH, FL
Recipe
2 1/2 OZ MAESTRO DOBEL
1 OZ COINTREAU
3/4 OZ CREME DE VIOLETTE LIQUEUR
1/2 OZ SIMPLE SYRUP
1/2 OZ FRESH LIME JUICE
2 DASHES LAVENDER BITTERS
SPLASH OF CLUB SODA
GARNISH GARNISH WITH DRY ROSE PETALS
SANCHO PANZA
Sofia 36 Engle Street
ENGLEWOOD, NJ

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SANCHO PANZA
Sofia 36 Engle Street
ENGLEWOOD, NJ
Recipe
2 OZ BLANCO TEQUILA
1 OZ COINTREAU
3/4 OZ FRESH LIME JUICE
3/4 OZ VANILLA-INFUSED SYRUP
3/4 OZ PASSION FRUIT
GARNISH THYME GARNISH
GREEN GODDESS
Monroe's 36-42 Newark Street
HOBOKEN, NJ

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GREEN GODDESS
Monroe's 36-42 Newark Street
HOBOKEN, NJ
Recipe
1 OZ COINTREAU
1/2 OZ ANCHO REYES
1 1/2 OZ TEQUILA OCHO REPOSADO
2 HEAPING TSP AVOCADO-SHISHITO PUREE
1 OZ LIME
GARNISH DEHYDRATED LIME, 3 THIN SLICES OF SERRANO PEPPER AND TAJIN RIM
LOST MY WALLET IN OAXACA
Harry's Food and Drink 8101 Bergenline Avenue
NORTH BERGEN, NJ

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LOST MY WALLET IN OAXACA
Harry's Food and Drink 8101 Bergenline Avenue
NORTH BERGEN, NJ
Recipe
2 OZ MEZCAL
1 OZ COINTREAU
3/4 OZ FRESH LIME JUICE
3/4 OZ CHILI LIQUEUR
3/4 OZ PASSIONFRUIT
GARNISH DRIED CHILI THREADS AND BLACK SALT GARNISH
SMOKED OAXACAN
Suyo Gastrofusion 14 W. 170th Street
BRONX, NY

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SMOKED OAXACAN
Suyo Gastrofusion 14 W. 170th Street
BRONX, NY
Recipe
1 OZ TEQUILA
1 OZ MEZCAL
1 OZ COINTREAU
1/2 OZ AGAVE
1 MUDDLED SLICE OF ORANGE
CUCUMBER & JALAPENO
GARNISH STAR ANISE AND SMOKED CINAMON
LINCOLN'S LAST RIDE
Dolly Varden 302 W 51st Street
NEW YORK, NY

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LINCOLN'S LAST RIDE
Dolly Varden 302 W 51st Street
NEW YORK, NY
Recipe
1 OZ JALAPENO-INFUSED COINTREAU
2 OZ MONTELOBOS MEZCAL
1 OZ FRESH LIME JUICE
3/4 OZ GINGER-INFUSED AGAVE SYRUP
GARNISH GINGER CANDY, LIME WHEEL, ORCHID FLOWER GARNISH, Rimmed with cane sugar and Aleppo pepper
VERACRUZ
Luxor Restaurant 3775 10th Avenue, Ste. 7
NEW YORK, NY

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VERACRUZ
Luxor Restaurant 3775 10th Avenue, Ste. 7
NEW YORK, NY
Recipe
2 OZ DON JULIO BLANCO
1 OZ COINTREAU
1 OZ HIBISCUS FLOWER REDUCTION
1/4 OZ VANILLA EXTRACT, CINNAMON & ANISETTE
1 OZ COCONUT CREAM MILK
1/2 OZ AGAVE
GARNISH TOPPED WITH COCONUT FOAM AND GARNISHED WITH PINEAPPLE AND DEHYDRATED ORANGE SLICE
PRICKLY POBLANO
Analogue 19 West 8th Street
NEW YORK, NY

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PRICKLY POBLANO
Analogue 19 West 8th Street
NEW YORK, NY
Recipe
1 OZ COINTREAU
1 OZ HIATUS BLANCO
3/4 OZ PRICKLY PEAR PUREE
1/2 OZ FRESH LIME JUICE
3 DASHES POBLANO TINCTURE
GARNISH DEHYDRATED LIME GARNISH AND BLACK LAVA SALT RIM
Best Margaritas of the West
PASSION IN PARADISE
Porta Via Calabasas 4799 Commons Way
CALABASAS, CA

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PASSION IN PARADISE
Porta Via Calabasas 4799 Commons Way
CALABASAS, CA
Recipe
1/2 OZ AGAVE
1 OZ FRESH LIME JUICE
2 OZ 1800 COCONUT TEQUILA
3/4 OZ COINTREAU
1 OZ CHINOLA PASSION FRUIT
1/2 A PASSION FRUIT
2 DASHES ORANGE BITTERS
SUENOS
The Vesper 394 E. Campbell Avenue
CAMPBELL, CA

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SUENOS
The Vesper 394 E. Campbell Avenue
CAMPBELL, CA
Recipe
2 OZ TEQUILA
1 OZ COINTREAU
3/4 OZ LEMON
1/2 OZ LUXARDO MARASCHINO
2 DASHES OF REGANS
DRAGONFRUIT MARGARITA
Monarch Ocean Pub 1555 Camino Del Mar
DEL MAR, CA

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DRAGONFRUIT MARGARITA
Monarch Ocean Pub 1555 Camino Del Mar
DEL MAR, CA
Recipe
2 OZ CASAMIGOS BLANCO
3/4 OZ COINTREAU
FRESH CITRUS JUICES
DRAGONFRUIT PUREE
GARNISH BLACK LAVA SALT RIM
LET THE MANGO!
Big Bar 1929 Hillhurst Avenue
LOS ANGELES, CA

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LET THE MANGO!
Big Bar 1929 Hillhurst Avenue
LOS ANGELES, CA
Recipe
1 OZ COINTREAU (MANGO INFUSED)
1 OZ CAZADORES TEQUILA BLANCO
3/4 OZ HIBISCUS SYRUP
3/4 OZ FRESH LIME JUICE
1 BAR SPOON MANGO PEACH STONEWALL JAM
GARNISH CHAMOY RIM WITH TAJÃ
SMOKEY WILDFLOWER
Double D's 354 N. Santa Cruz Avenue
LOS GATOS, CA

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SMOKEY WILDFLOWER
Double D's 354 N. Santa Cruz Avenue
LOS GATOS, CA
Recipe
1 1/2 OZ CAZADORES BLANCO
1 OZ COINTREAU
1/2 OZ GREEN BAR HIBISCUS LIQUEUR
SPLASH TRES AGAVE
3/4 OZ LIME JUICE
1/2 OZ LOS VECINOS MEZCAL
GARNISH GARNISH WITH LIME WHEEL AND DRIED HIBISCUS FLOWERS
MARGARITA OH LA LA
Carte Blanche 339 N Cleveland Street
OCEANSIDE, CA

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MARGARITA OH LA LA
Carte Blanche 339 N Cleveland Street
OCEANSIDE, CA
Recipe
2 OZ EL JIMADOR BLANCO
1 OZ COINTREAU
GARNISH LILIKOI FOAM, LIME & BLACK SEA SALT RIM
NO MAMEY WEY!
Dirty Habit 12 4th Street
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

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NO MAMEY WEY!
Dirty Habit 12 4th Street
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Recipe
1 OZ ANEJO TEQUILA
3/4 OZ COINTREAU
1/2 OZ SOTOL
3/4 OZ LIME JUICE
3/4 OZ MAMEY/PILONCILLO SYRUP
3 DROPS WALNUT OIL
GARNISH HOUSE MADE TAJIN ON THE RIM
PC RITA
Versante Hearth & Bar 2346 Park Avenue
PARK CITY, UT

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PC RITA
Versante Hearth & Bar 2346 Park Avenue
PARK CITY, UT
Recipe
1 1/4 OZ CAZADORES REPOSADO
1 OZ BLOOD ORANGE PUREE
1 OZ SERANNO SIMPLE
1 OZ COINTREAU
GARNISH TOP WITH LIME ZEST AND A SALT RIM
CUTIECADO
Hogan's 906 6th Street
CLARKSTON, WA

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CUTIECADO
Hogan's 906 6th Street
CLARKSTON, WA
Recipe
1 OZ COINTREAU
1 1/2 OZ TEQUILA
4-Jan WHOLE AVOCADO
2-Jan CUTIE MANDARIN
3 DICE SIZED CHUNKS PINEAPPLE
2 SLICES JALAPEÑO
MONTE ARARAT 615
The Black Cypress 215 E Main Street, Ste. B.
PULLMAN, WA

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MONTE ARARAT 615
The Black Cypress 215 E Main Street, Ste. B.
PULLMAN, WA
Recipe
1 OZ FRESH LIME JUICE
1/2 OZ AGAVE CORDIAL
3/4 OZ COINTREAU
1/4 OZ OUZO
1 1/2 OZ TEQUILA BLANCO
GARNISH GARNISH WITH TWO PICKED OLIVES, FRESH MINT SPRIG AND DEHYDRATED LIME SLICE
Best Margaritas of the Central U.S.
CILANTRO JALAPENO MARGARITA
Uno Mas Taqueria 1585 S. Pearl Street
DENVER, CO

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CILANTRO JALAPENO MARGARITA
Uno Mas Taqueria 1585 S. Pearl Street
DENVER, CO
Recipe
1 1/2 OZ CILANTRO & JALAPENO INFUSED EL JIMADOR BLANCO
1 OZ COINTREAU
1/2 OZ FRESH LIME JUICE
DASH OF MR. BOSTON PEACH SCHNAPPS
DASH OF AGAVE NECTAR
CHEF'S MARGARITA
I|O Godfrey 127 W. Huron Street
CHICAGO, IL

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CHEF'S MARGARITA
I|O Godfrey 127 W. Huron Street
CHICAGO, IL
Recipe
GENTLY BLENDED FRESH JUICES
COINTREAU & COINTREAU NOIR
DON JULIO BLANCO
GARNISH SIGNATURE HABANERO SALT
EL PEPÍNO CALIENTE
Mesler 1405 E. 53rd Street
CHICAGO, IL

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EL PEPÍNO CALIENTE
Mesler 1405 E. 53rd Street
CHICAGO, IL
Recipe
1 1/2 OZ TEQUILA
3/4 OZ COINTREAU
3/4 OZ LIME JUICE
2 OZ PUREED CUCUMBER
2 SLICES JALAPENO (MUDDLED)
1 OZ SIMPLE SYRUP
GARNISH TAJA
CALL ME BIG PAPA-YA MARGARITA
Tavern on Citrus 5408 Citrus Boulevard
HARAHAN, LA

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CALL ME BIG PAPA-YA MARGARITA
Tavern on Citrus 5408 Citrus Boulevard
HARAHAN, LA
Recipe
1 OZ COINTREAU
1 1/2 OZ BLUE-INFUSED FAT WASHED BLANCO TEQUILA
1 OZ FRESH LIME JUICE
1/2 OZ PAPAYA ROSEMARY SIMPLE SYRUP
GARNISH INVERTED LIME WEDGE GARNISH AND CHILE FRUIT POWDER RIM
SOME LIKE IT HOT
El Jefe 5309 Lyndale Avenue S.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN

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SOME LIKE IT HOT
El Jefe 5309 Lyndale Avenue S.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Recipe
2 OZ SERRANO PEPPER INFUSED EL JIMADOR SILVER
1 OZ COINTREAU
2 OZ LIME JUICE
GARNISH TAJIN RIM
BLACK DIAMOND
Barrio 235 6th Street E.
ST. PAUL, MN

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BLACK DIAMOND
Barrio 235 6th Street E.
ST. PAUL, MN
Recipe
2 OZ MAESTRO DOBEL
1 OZ COINTREAU
2 OZ POMEGRANATE JUICE
1 OZ FRESH SQUEEZED LEMON
GARNISH BLACK SEA SALT RIM
I LOVE YOU ELOTE
Steiner's Speakeasy 31 S. Paint Street
CHILLICOTHE, OH

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I LOVE YOU ELOTE
Steiner's Speakeasy 31 S. Paint Street
CHILLICOTHE, OH
Recipe
2 OZ EL JIMADOR REPOSADO TEQUILA
1 OZ COINTREAU
1 OZ LIME JUICE
1 OZ MUDDLED PINEAPPLE
1 OZ HOUSE MADE MEXICAN STREET CORN SIMPLE SYRUP
GARNISH DOUBLE LIME WHEEL AND PINEAPPLE LEAF GARNISH
PINA A LA PARRILLA
Curra's Grill 614 E Oltorf Street
AUSTIN, TX

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PINA A LA PARRILLA
Curra's Grill 614 E Oltorf Street
AUSTIN, TX
Recipe
1 OZ COINTREAU
1 1/2 OZ TEQUILA SILVER
1 OZ FRESH LIME JUICE
1/2 OZ AGAVE NECTAR
MUDDLED HABANERO AND GRILLED PINEAPPLE
GET THAT CORN OUTTA MY FACE
Austin Proper Hotel 600 W. 2nd Street
AUSTIN, TX

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GET THAT CORN OUTTA MY FACE
Austin Proper Hotel 600 W. 2nd Street
AUSTIN, TX
Recipe
1 1/2 OZ CREMA DE MEZCAL DEL MAGUEY
1 OZ TEQUILA BLANCO
3/4 OZ COINTREAU
1/2 OZ CORN LIQUOR
3/4 OZ LIME JUICE
1/4 OZ RICH AGAVE SYRUP
1 EGG WHITE
IZAMAL
Jalisco Norte 3858 Oak Lawn Avenue, #470
DALLAS, TX

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IZAMAL
Jalisco Norte 3858 Oak Lawn Avenue, #470
DALLAS, TX
Recipe
1 OZ COINTREAU
1 1/2 OZ TEQUILA
SPLASH OF CILANTRO JUICE
1/4 OZ JALAPENO JUICE
1/2 OZ AGAVE NECTAR
3/4 OZ LIME JUICE
1 OZ GRILLED PINEAPPLE JUICE

The Judges

All judges are members of The Infatuation’s Happy Hour Hotline – a text-based service exclusive to Friends of The Infatuation, where bartenders, sommeliers, and beverage pros are available for all drinking and cocktail making advice.

Mark Reyes

Mark is a Level 3 Advanced Sommelier, having worked at some of the greats in Chicago: Charlie Trotter’s, Alinea, Grace, Sepia and The Purple Pig. He is a private wine consultant and virtual wine educator at Reyes Wines Consulting.

Annie Replogle

Annie is a passionate food and wine lover living in NYC. Her favorite weekend activity is hosting dinner parties, turning people onto good food, great wine, and music.

Brian Vito Morales

Brian was born and raised in Whittier, California. Lover of food, travel, cocktails and natural wine. Connoisseur of dive bars across the country.

Hannah Bromberg

Hannah is a marketing and social media professional and former bartender and server at The Water Club and The River Cafe in New York City. Her work includes award-winning bars such as Katana Kitten, Existing Conditions, Mac and many more.

Christine Kamine

Residing in Los Angeles, Christine works for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Americas, from which she also holds their highest qualification, the Diploma in Wines and Spirits. She previously held positions at Wine Spectator magazine and Pernod Ricard Wines and Champagnes.

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