Ay Caramba! Mouthwatering margaritas in Edmonton

Margaritas are the ideal summer patio drink but they can in fact be enjoyed year-round. I’ve rung in New Year’s Eve with a marg or seven, and I’ve never thought it to be out of season. These tasty margaritas have a bit of a kick and a lot of creativity.

The Three Amigos

1
4035 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 2S3

This authentic Mexican restaurant has big, authentic Mexican margaritas to go along with their traditional food. This is a good spot if you’re a fan of a solid frozen lime margarita or if you simply prefer your lime margs on the rocks, with salt.

Tres Carnales Taqueria Ltd

2
10119 100A St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0R5

This Latin taco haven serves up one kind of margarita only – but it’s the only marg you’ll ever need. The el Jimador palomas y margaritas are made with el Jimador tequila, a 100 per cent agave tequila made in Mexico and named for the harvesters of the Weber blue agave plant from which the tequila is made.

MKT Fresh Food | Beer Market

3
8101 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 3X8

MKT knows that sometimes you just need a good, stiff drink but that you also want something girly and fruity. Their solution: the stiff raspberry margarita. It combines Cazadores Reposado tequila, McGuinness Triple Sec, raspberry purée, simple syrup and fresh lime juice. The result is a drink that is hard enough to take the edge off a rough day but sweet enough to for your girl.

Original Joe's

4
2525 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y6

You’ll find a whole whack of traditional margaritas here – lime, strawberry, peach and raspberry. These slushy delights come in a fish bowl-sized glass, rimmed with salt. You can also make it into a Mexican bulldog – a lime margarita with a Corona tipped upside down into it for a heady combo of beer and tequila. It’s perfect for a lazy afternoon spent wishing you were in Mexico.

El Cortez Tequila Bar and Kitchen

5
8230 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4B2

This Mexican restaurant and bar is known for carrying top-shelf tequila, so it’s no surprise that their margaritas are top-notch. Every single one, from the delectable Paloma (made with blanco tequila and fresh grapefruit soda) to the tasty coconut margarita (1800 coconut tequila orgeat, lemon juice, citrus bitters and shredded coconut), is made with high quality ingredients, many of them made in-house. But each margarita here is unique, like a really delicious, alcoholic snowflake.

Local Public Eatery

6
1820 99 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6N 1M5

There are two versions of a margarita here, both served in a glass boot. There’s the breakfast margarita, which simply consists of tequila and fresh juice – a good start to any vacation or day off of work. There’s also the Baja margarita, which combines elJimador tequila with fresh lime sour and Grand Marnier, with a lemon salted rim. Both are understated versions that remain true to the roots of any good marg.

Julio's Barrio

7
10450 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A2

Located on Whyte Avenue, this fun Mexican spot always has a full patio in summer. People come here for margs and bulldogs year-round though. There’s everything from the original bulldog (tequila, lime slush and a Corona) to the bloodhound (spiced rum, Absolut mandarin, raspberry sour puss, raspberry slush and a bottle of Stella Artois). Other popular choices include the “Dog”tor Pepper (spiced rum, root beer schnapps, amaretto, lime slush and a bottle of Bud Light Lime) and the Krazy Kanuck (Polar Ice vodka, Jagermeister, Red Bull, margarita slush and a bottle of Kokanee).

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