Food

Our 5 Favorite Margaritas Around DC

Say yes to cucumber-jalepeño.

Photograph of Cucumber-Jalapeño Margarita courtesy of Gringos & Mariachis.

Planning on downing a few in honor of Cinco de Mayo (or patio weather in general)? Here are some of our current favorite places to lift a salt-rimmed glass.

Frozen

Mi Vida

Photograph of frozen margarita by Rey Lopez.
Photograph by Rey Lopez.

Mango margs are usually too sweet. Not this one—it’s balanced out by ginger, passionfruit, and a chili-salt rim. $11. 98 District Sq., SW.

Salt-Air

Oyamel

Photograph of Salt-Air margarita by Rey Lopez.
Photograph by Rey Lopez.

This modernist take—it’s from a José Andrés restaurant, after all—comes topped with a cloud of salty foam. $12.50. 401 Seventh St., NW.

Cucumber-Jalapeño

Gringos & Mariachis

Photograph of Cucumber-Jalapeño Margarita courtesy of Gringos & Mariachis.
Photograph of Cucumber-Jalapeño Margarita courtesy of Gringos & Mariachis.

Cukes and tequila don’t sound like an obvious pairing, but this concoction is super-refreshing. $9. 4928 Cordell Ave., Bethesda; 12435 Park Potomac Ave., Potomac.

Lime

Taqueria el Poblano

Photograph of lime margarita courtesy of Taqueria El Poblano.
Photograph courtesy of Taqueria El Poblano.

When you want just the basics—fresh-squeezed lime juice, tequila, rocks, salt. $7.50. 2401 Columbia Pike, Arlington; 2503-A N. Harrison St., Arlington; 2400-B Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria.

Hibiscus

Tico

Photograph of hibiscus margarita by Scott Suchman.
Photograph by Scott Suchman

Fruity and floral but deceptively potent. $11. 1926 14th St., NW.

This article appeared in the May 2018 issue of Washingtonian.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.