10 Best Margaritas in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
The Duce's fresh-squeezed margarita is one of the most refreshing cocktails we've ever had.
Summer is coming. Time to switch our drinking regimen from stouts, red wines, and whiskey to more refreshing beverages. The first thing that always comes to mind when the temps top 80 degrees is a margarita, and, boy, do we know quite a few places around town that serve up unique and delicious takes on the classic cocktail.

Last year, we decided which ones we liked the best, and some have stuck around. But there also are some newcomers that have edged out a few of last year's picks. Start testing them out yourself so you know where to frequent when temps start soaring.

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- The Smoke and Ginger Margarita at Cask 63
- DIY Spicy Watermelon Margaritas
- Filiberto's Cuts Out the Middleman, Adds a Bar in Scottsdale

Margarita at The Duce Everything at The Duce is made from old recipes, and its margarita is no different. Based on a recipe from 1941, the bartender squeezes fresh lime after fresh lime into a shaker, adding T Tierras Organic Tequila, Fruit Lab Orange Liqueur, and agave before muddling even more lime. The small drink, served in a cutesy mason jar with a brightly colored straw is so refreshing -- like a booze-infused limeade -- that you'll want to drink one after another when the temps start to rise.

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Heather Hoch
Brick offers spicy margaritas.
Jalapeno-Infused Margarita at Brick By letting jalapeños chill out in some tequila, Brick starts its margarita in a shockingly spicy way. The heat of the jalapeño-infused margarita is cooled by mint, but then is spiked by the Tajin garnish on top and on the rim. With all those chilis and spices, you'd expect a less-than-refreshing drink, but what you get is a thirst-quenching cocktail with a nice little afterburn.

Location Info

Rokerij

6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Brick

455 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Mi Patio Mexican Restaurant

3347 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

SideBar

1514 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Roaring Fork

4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Sierra Bonita Grill

6933 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Mission

3815 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Duce

525 S. Central, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

La Santisima

1919 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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17 comments
carmen0402
carmen0402

J&G at the Phoenician has The Ginger Margarita.  Absolutely delicious !

Heather Jay
Heather Jay

Nandos has the BEST margarita in town!

Jon Williams
Jon Williams

One part lime juice, one part triple sec, two parts tequila! Grand Marnier floater is optional.

Brent Thomas
Brent Thomas

How in the world is Caramba not on this list?!

Larry Gulliford
Larry Gulliford

I just had the frozen margarita at Taco Guild today, it was decent, I could definitely down a couple of those.

AzNtv
AzNtv

Ummm Hellooooo   Z-Tejas

freecell
freecell

The pineapple serrano marqarita from Sol Cocina in Scottsdale is to die for.

Aaron Abbott
Aaron Abbott

Pretty sure I'll be drinking one of these tonight! Nicole Abbott!

David Samaniego
David Samaniego

Xicano Alvarez we need to make it our goal to try all the margaritas on this list...

Colleen Feehery
Colleen Feehery

You title your article Best Margaritas, then allow the jugs of high fructose syrup trying to pass as margaritas from Mi Patio to make rank based solely on cost??? And Gallo Blanco doesn't even make the list??

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