by Jessica Giles | February 22, 2020

We’ve Assembled a few of Florida’s Best Margaritas (Bonus: There’s bacon)

From the Keys to the First Coast, here are a few of the best places to celebrate National Margarita Day

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Does any cocktail say Florida more than a crisp margarita? We think not. While it’s fun to beat the heat with a tall glass of sweet and sour goodness any day, it’s even better when a national holiday gives us an excuse to do so. This Saturday, Feb. 22, is National Margarita Day, and we’ve rounded up some of the best places around the Sunshine State to celebrate. Whether you’re a stickler for the traditional or you like a little adventure in your glass, salt the rim and enjoy!

margarita in front of the Don Cesar

The Don’s Sandiarita
The Don Cesar in St. Petersburg

For those that like a cocktail with a kick, this glamorous waterfront destination has just the thing. Lounge by the pool of the Pink Palace and order the Don’s Sandiarita, a refreshing mixture of tequila, watermelon, jalapeño, agave, lime juice and curacao. 


Mel’s Mango Margarita
Pier House Resort & Spa in Key West

There is arguably no better place to celebrate National Margarita Day than on the sandy shores of Key West. If you find yourself in paradise this Saturday, swing by Pier House Resort & Spa for Mel’s Mango Margarita. This libation mixes tequila with fresh Key lime juice, mango puree and cointreau and is topped with a lime slice. 


bacon on top of a margarita

Bacon Mezcal Marg
Lure Fishbar in Miami Beach

If you’re looking for a little something to nibble on with your beverage, Lure Fishbar has you covered. Order the Bacon Mezcal Marg for a smoky spin on your run-of-the-mill ‘rita. This limited-time speciality is garnished with a crispy slice of bacon, and the glass is painted with house-made bacon salt. Is your stomach growling yet?


Prickly Pear Margarita
Canyon in Fort Lauderdale

The prickly pear margarita at this Southwest cafe has become an icon in Fort Lauderdale. To make this hot pink treat, Sauza Hornitos Reposado Tequila is infused with prickly pears for a day or two and then swirled with homemade sour mix, which Canyon whips up daily. 


a margarita with citrus in it

Raspao Margarita
Regent Cocktail Club in Miami Beach

This creative cocktail was inspired by beverage director Randy Perez’s childhood in Miami. His mother would make rice nearly every night for dinner, but Perez only liked the slightly burnt pieces scraped from the bottom of the pot, which is called raspao in Cuba. When it came time to develop a margarita for the Regent Cocktail Club’s menu, Perez thought back to the crispy rice of his childhood and crafted the Raspao Margarita, a delightful blend of mezcal, jasmine rice and citrus. 


Margarita Flights
One Ocean Resort in Atlantic Beach 

What’s better than one margarita? Three. One Ocean Resort is upping the ante with a flight of Casa Noble Tequila Margaritas on Saturday. Each drink will have cointreau, lime juice, orange juice, agave nectar and bitters but will boast a different tequila to showcase the varying flavor profiles. 


Chupa-Cabra
Pepe’s Cantina in Winter Park 

Turn up the heat with a spicy Chupa-Cabra from this Mexican grill in picturesque Winter Park. The speciality margarita is made with Altos Añejo, pineapple juice, Tajín, lime juice, agave nectar and chile ancho for a bev that bites back.  


Want to try your hand at shaking up your own cocktail for the holiday? Check out our recipes for a skinny smoked jalapeño margarita or an avocado margarita.

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