Edmonton restaurants with top notch Latin drinks

While not everyone can handle their tequila, Latin liquors and cocktails are about more than just everyone’s favourite bar shot. There’s mezcal, caipirinhas, mojitos and margaritas available at these great Edmonton restaurants. They also serve top-shelf tequila, for those bold enough to take it on.

Blue Chair Cafe

1
9624 76 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 0K3

The menu is worldly, and so is the drinks list. They serve a batch of fine tequilas and mezcals, plus cocktails made from scratch, with fresh-squeezed juices. You can sip on one of their margaritas, caipirinhas or mojitos, made with real lime juice. One of their more unusual concoctions is the Jamaican Sunset, a blend of dark rum, orange sorbet and hibiscus syrup.

Tres Carnales Taqueria Ltd

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

Edmonton’s best-known spot for tacos, Tres Carnales is also a great spot to kick back with some sangria or a cerveza. They stock Pacifico, Negra Modela, Corona, Modela Especial and Dos Equis. The laidback staff can also whip you up a margarita, no problem. Enjoy it with some of their spectacular guacamole or the famous fish tacos. In summer, the drinks taste especially good while sitting on their little outdoor patio.

Cerdo Tacos + Tequila

3
150-15 Perron St, St. Albert, AB T8N 1E5

This Mexican restaurant, located in St. Albert, is a great place to unwind with a shot of tequila or five (anytime the word tequila is mentioned right in the name, it’s a good sign). Soak up all that tequila with a few helpings of their house-made salsas, which include verde (tomatillo, cilantro, jalapeno and onion), caliente (tomato, habanero, jalapeno, cilantro and lime) and roja (tomato, cilantro, lime, jalapeno and onion).

Rostizado

4
102-10359 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1B9

Located in the Mercer Warehouse, this restaurant serves up platters of beautifully roasted meats, alongside some Latin liquors. They serve everything from mezcal, tequila and cervezas to Cuba Libres and tamarind margaritas. Try the Mezcal Mule, a mix of mezcal, tequila, bitters and piloncillo sugar, topped off with ginger beer, or a Paloma, a combo of tequila resposado and blanco, grapefruit juice, sparkling water, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and salt. If you like classic Mexican drinks, stick to the Casa de Rostizado margarita, which consists of tequila blanco, triple sec and fresh lime juice.

El Cortez Tequila Bar and Kitchen

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

This Mexican eatery and lounge is home to a plethora of fancy tequilas and mezcals (more than 140 kinds, currently). They’re one of only nine places in the world that are certified by the Tequila Regulatory Council (yes, that’s a real thing), and their bartenders get creative with the cocktails. Choose from blanco, resposado, anejo, extra anejo or mezcal (all 100 per cent agave, each kind with its own flavour). They also serve Mexican beers, freshly made margaritas and some fun cocktails, including a Mexican Popsicle (Havana Club Three Year, Crème de Cacao and jalapeno syrup).

Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse

6
9929 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 1H6

This fabulous, authentic churrasco restaurant whips up caipirinhas with Brazilian rum, fresh fruit and a hint of sugary sweetness. This classic Brazilian cocktail is muddled, then shaken with ice, and is ridiculously refreshing. Pampa serves a variety of fun flavours, including watermelon and chili pepper, passion fruit and citrus, raspberry and lime, and banana and cinnamon. If you prefer, you can ask for yours to be made with Brazilian Romanoff vodka or aged amber cachaça (rum) instead.

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