We’ve got two major wins this February: National Margarita Day is right around the corner (February 22nd!) and it’s on a Saturday. This calls for a celebration, shall we? Boston is home to a bunch of fantastic restaurants serving up any kind of margarita you could dream up. From classics to caliente to cranberry, we’re rounding up the best spots in town to get a margarita to match any of your moods.
When Guy opened his tequila cocina over at the Hub on Causeway, we were quoting his famous line “Peace, love and taco grease!” You probably saw the Trash Can Nachos on our Instagram, but we need to talk about the margs you should pair it with. The menu features 9 different margaritas, many of which are on the spicy side. Like it sweet & spicy? Go for the Chipotle Sour Margarita with tequila, chipotle sour mix, fresh lime juice, and strawberry puree. Want it even hotter? We recommend the Fresca Margarita with ghost pepper tequila, cucumber, basil, and fresh lime juice.
Over in Somerville, we’ve got Painted Burro — a Davis Square favorite with fantastic margaritas. Their drink menu changes seasonally and right now we’re digging the Spiced Cranberry margarita with gran agave blanco tequila, ancho reyes chile liqueur, housemade spicy cranberry syrup, and lime. Are you a mezcal lover? The Mezcarita is a smoky mix of Banhez mezcal, agavero damiana liqueur, lime, and simple syrup. Don’t forget to eat, friends. The brussels sprouts with chorizo, orange, pickled onion, chipotle cotija, and aioli are a fantastic starter. Need something substantial to go with those margs? A hefty chicken milanesa torta will do the trick.
Dark, moody, mysterious. That’s how we’d describe Lolita. And they’ve got the margs to go with that ambiance. One of the most interesting margaritas they offer is the Broken Heart made with Lolita blanco tequila, elderflower, lime, grape, and raspberry. Even more creative is the White Lie made with maestro dobel, elderflower, guava, lime, grapefruit, and basil. You can also get frozen margaritas here (a must-do in the summer!) plus a bunch of tasty food items. Favorites include the grilled street corn, cauliflower fritters, and the pork carnitas nachos.
For a totally different vibe, we like Loco for it’s upbeat, super lively, and downright fun atmosphere. One of the best drinks on the menu is the Coco margarita with blanco tequila, triple sec, lime, and coconut. We insist you order it. The appropriately named Smokeshow margarita is a sweet & smoky mix of mezcal, yellow chartreuse, and hibiscus simple syrup. What are we eating? Bacon guacamole, yellowtail ceviche, braised short rib tacos. Are you as hungry as we are?
It doesn’t get any fresher than Cosmica, the South End’s newest addition to the restaurant scene. They just opened their doors this month, and we’re all over those margaritas on tap. For something totally out of the box, we like the Bad Hombre, made with Don Julio reposado tequila, aperol, amaro dell’etna, and walnut bitters. Going with a friend? Order the Skinny Dipper for two made with vida mezcal, smoked pineapple, ginger, and Peychaud’s. Our stomachs are rumbling for the crab tostadas and the duck carnitas. Head over to Cosmica to be one of the first to try it — you won’t regret it!