Cinco de Mayo is here and our favorite way to celebrate is with a margarita (or two)! As summer shifts into second gear, here are our picks for where to relax and sip on a drink (all around Austin) this Monday.
This frozen margarita is worth the drive to Georgetown. El Monumento uses a Japanese shaved-ice machine to make a frozen margarita resembling a snow cone, infused with 100 percent blue agave blanco tequila, all-natural Triple Sec, and freshly-squeezed lime juice. Take advantage of their $6 cocktails and half-priced appetizers during their weekday happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m.
Blue Corn Harvest in Cedar Park has a variety of flavored frozen margaritas, including habañero, mango, peach, strawberry, sangria, and watermelon. Enjoy one on their beautiful tree-covered patio during their weekday happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m.
The Mexican Martini is a legend and Trudy’s arguably serves the city’s favorite version. The margarita-meets-martini concoction is presented in a cocktail shaker and poured table-side into a martini glass rimmed with salt and garnished with olives. Enjoy one or two (this drink is so strong it has a two-drink limit) during Mexican Martini Mondays when the cocktail is only special for only $5.
Often overlooked, Curra’s is a hidden gem among Austin Tex-Mex tucked away in a southeast corner on Oltorf St. Ordering up one of their famous Signature Avocado Margaritas is a must; as the creamy pale green blend goes well with just everything on the menu.
Guero’s has a total of 17 varieties of signature margaritas just waiting to be tried. “The Longhorn,” one of the local favorites, features Corzo Silver with Cointreau, lime juice and a splash of OJ. Get $2 off one of these signature margaritas, or enjoy a frozen house margarita for just $4, during their weekday happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m.
Polvo’s is well-known for their strong margaritas rumored to have an Everclear base. Enjoy them by the pitcher as you wait for a table under their eclectic canopy or go for one of their nine unique flavors such as Banana, Cantaloupe, or Conga.
At El Alma, enjoy the $6 Margarita Clásica during happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. or mix it up and try the Piñarita, a frozen margarita with tequila-marinated pineapple puree and coconut milk.
Grab a seat on Takoba’s beautiful patio and sip on the Mango Habañero Margarita under a canopy of string lights. With a spicy kick, the margarita features El Jimador reposado, Patrón Citronge, fresh mango, habanero, and lime juice.
El Chile is having a Cinco de Mayo special featuring $5 house margaritas and $5 Michiladas. But you may also want to try their Chilango Margarita, a spicy orange-infused frozen margarita, or the Prickly Pear Margarita, a frozen margarita with an infusion of tequila-marinated cactus pear.
Head on over to Jack Allen’s Kitchen for a Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita. This refreshing concoction features Ambhar Reposado Tequila, St. Germain muddled cucumber, fresh jalapeños, simple syrup and fresh lime.
This little gem of Lakeway has a sugar-free and all natural bar, with organic drinks featuring fresh-squeezed limes, fresh fruit, and agave nectar. We recommend the Cucumber Catarina Margarita.
A household name in Austin, Maudie’s has a generous happy hour – from 3 p.m. to close – with $3.50 regular house margaritas and $7 grande house margaritas.
Featuring outstanding food, a beautiful interior, and comfortable outdoor seating, La Condesa is the place to be this Cinco de Mayo for those that want a more upscale dining experience. Order their Margarita La Clásica, featuring El Jimador Silver, Patrón Citrónge, lime juice, agave nectar, and cactus lemongrass-infused salt rim. Or opt for the Margarita La Condesa, with Siembra Azul Blanco, Damiana, pineapple juice, agave nectar, lime juice, and cactus salt rim.
Zocalo’s bright garden patio is a perfect spot to sip on their Zocarita featuring agave wine and fresh lime juice. With minimalist decor and light food, Zocalo separates itself from Austin’s typical Tex Mex.
Fonda San Miguel serves interior-style Mexican food in a beautiful space that transports you to old Mexico. Try their watermelon-infused margarita and enjoy $1 off margaritas on Mondays.