Ten Best Margaritas in Miami

Categories: Booze Hound

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Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
Now that's a margarita.
We've all had them. Those neon-green frozen things, reeking of cheap tequila and tasting like chemicals. That, dear friends, is not a margarita. The real drink is elegant and perfectly balanced.

There are conflicting stories about the margarita's genesis, but many claim that the drink -- made with fresh lime, tequila, and a touch of sweetness -- was named for a beautiful woman. Some say that woman was the daughter of a German ambassador, some say a socialite, some say a Ziegfeld girl. None of those stories has anything to do with downing an overly sweet concoction made from artificial food coloring and corn syrup.

You can get a beautiful margarita, and we found ten innovative examples, none of which come with a Corona floater. Oh, and this Cinco de Mayo, do what we do: Ask your bartender if he uses a mix in his margaritas. If he says yes, opt for the cerveza.

See also: Five Best Mexican Restaurants in Miami

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Courtesy of Huahua's Taqueria/photo by Jipsy
10. Huahua's Taqueria
Huahua's frozen margaritas are made with fresh fruit puréed with agave wine. Sure, it's not tequila, but if we didn't tell you, you could probably never tell the difference -- except for the fact that they're less expensive than your typical Lincoln Road margarita. For the record, we still got a buzz from it. Huahua's also offers traditional lime and then changes up fruit flavors based on seasonality -- right now they're serving passionfruit (tip: ask for a swirl of both flavors). At $6 for the regular size and $9 for a large (complete with a collectible color-changing stadium cup), they're a budget-friendly, alcohol-fueled brain freeze.

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Courtesy of Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
9. Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
If you want to feel the burn, the Peppery Pepino ($13) is your kind of cocktail. This blend of Zignum Reposado mezcal, King's Ginger liqueur, red pepper, and cayenne pepper might start out too intense, but fresh lime and cucumber cool it off into a more manageable heat.

Location Info

Huahua's Taqueria

1211 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

2550 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Cantina Beach

455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, FL

Category: Restaurant

Rosa Mexicano

1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Lure Fishbar

1601 Collins Avenue., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Toro Toro

100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Corner

1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Tongue & Cheek

431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Dream South Beach Hotel

1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

The Broken Shaker

2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

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mikkimauss
mikkimauss

What about Oh Mexico @ Espanola Way? It's the very best one!!! 

Short Order
Short Order

Ok ok ok.....so maybe we had one too many.....Can you blame us?

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