Blended or on the rocks, salt or no salt, Margaritas know no boundaries.
While purists insist the classic cocktail features only tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice, they’re still delicious with the addition of fruits such as local prickly pear. Even a touch of cilantro or jalapeño is nice.
Just stay away from packaged sweet-and-sour mix.
Reforma Modern Mexican
4310 N. Campbell Ave.
Reforma offers a wide variety of gourmet Margarita flavors such as Blood Orange, Tamarindo, Prickly Pear, Mango Habanero, and Cucumber Mint. Every Monday is $6 Margarita Monday, and for National Margarita Day on February 22, visit for $6 house Margaritas and $8 craft Margaritas.
For more information, visit reformatucson.com.
201 N. Court Ave.
La Cocina’s classic Margaritas are $7, but spend an extra dollar for the Prickly Pear, Jalapeno, Strawberry, Hibiscus, or Ginger versions. The Margarita of the Day is also worth a shot or two.
For more information, visit lacocinatucson.com.
2960 N. 1st Ave.
While El Berraco’s Michelada is worthy of its own fan club, don’t miss out on the Margaritas. Strawberry and Tamarindo are popular options along with the Del Mar Margarita, which features 1800 reposado tequila.
For more information, visit el-berraco.com.
La Botana Tacos + Patio + Amigos
3200 N. 1st Ave.
La Botana is best for social Margarita drinking, since their Margarita Grande is always available as a 2-for-1 special. Additionally, they offer a 60-ounce pitcher.
For more information, visit labotanagrill.com.
188 E. Broadway Blvd.
For a premium option, order the El Maestro Margarita ($12) with Casamigos Silver, muddled jalapeño, Tajín, agave, and citrus.
For more information, visit charrosteak.com.
Calle Tepa Mexican Street Grill
6151 E. Broadway Blvd.
For a different kind of green (not that kind), try the Verde Margarita, which gets its color from a shot of melon liqueur, or the Jalapeño Margarita, with house-infused jalapeño and cilantro tequila. For a frozen fruit margarita, strawberry, and mango are available.
For more information, visit calletepa.com.
Tohono Chul Garden Bistro
7366 N. Paseo Del Norte
With a designated driver, Tohono Chul Garden Bistro has the best value — bottomless prickly pear mimosas and margaritas for $14 with the purchase of an entree. Have fun, but don’t get too carried away.
For more information, visit tohonochulpark.org.
Where are your favorite margaritas in town? Let us know in the comments.