Ever since Montezuma got some tequila and limes together, added sugar and salt and started flogging them to his mates, the Margarita has been one of the world's greatest cocktails.
It’s proper easy to add a little twist to the recipe too, which makes for some very exciting (and weird) bevs knocking about the city just waiting for you to try…
Pink Guava & Watermelon Frozen Margarita at Crazy Pedro’s
The frozen Margarita is probably the best iteration of this classic cocktail because not only does it stay mega cold all the way to the end, but it gives you enough brain freeze to make the drunken-ness hit you just that little bit quicker. Crazy Pedro’s are pretty proud of their massive selection of tequila and mezcal, and so naturally their cocktails pretty much only contain one (or both) of these demon liquids. My personal favourite has to be the sweet-sweet Pink Guava & Watermelon Frozen Margarita, but you’ll be well served by any of them to be fair. Perfect with a slice and a smile.
55-57 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BQ
Short St, Manchester M1 1JG
Casa Margarita @ El Capo
If you’re looking for something classic and timeless, without any bells or whistles or fireworks piled onto the side of your glass, then El Capo offers a brilliant Casa Margarita which manages to tick all the boxes when you’re looking for some tequila-fuelled fun. The selection of mezcal and tequila within these walls is almost unparalleled within the city, so you know you’re getting the top-quality stuff, with staff that know what they’re going on about. There’s plenty of other tequila-based bevvies on the menu, but in all honesty – you can’t go wrong with the original.
El Capo, 12 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF
Verdita Margarita @ Sandinista
If you ever wanted to see what a family portrait of a Margarita looked like, this is exactly that. Served with the little (non-alcoholic) sibling, Verdita. Made with mint, coriander, chilli, salt and lime its the perfect accompaniment to tequila to help you wash down a shot. Only mixing them together in this way, makes arguably the easiest drinking Margarita you can find. The addition of herbs also makes you believe that its like one of those gross green smoothies – which essentially means it’s good for you. I think.
Sandinista, 2 Old Bank St, City Centre, Manchester M2 7PF
0161 832 9955
New Mexico @ Black Dog
Going full-on US of A with their margarita, Black Dog offer what can be considered a sweet and fizzy twist on a classic. Adding pineapple, Passoa, vanilla AND Prosecco ‘New Mexico’ (Santa Fe believe or not is very well known for its Margarita trails) tastes like a tropical delight. This beauty is a bloody refreshing revelation, much like when you’re sweating your tits off on holiday in Tenerife and you finally get to jump in the pool. It’s also one of those drinks that don’t taste too alcoholic so will get you proper drunk as you keep going back for more.
Black Dog, NQ, Basement Affleck’s Palace, Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PW
Imli Margarita @ Indian Tiffin Rooms
Having just recently come back from a lovely trip to Mexico City I’ve had a bit of a craving for tamarind which you will manage to find in every nook and cranny over there. They bloody love the stuff and try to shoehorn it into everything, from burgers to milk to booze. If it can go into your mouth – they’re shoving tamarind in it. It’s nice stuff though, which is why it’s a good idea to head on down to Indian Tiffin Rooms who do a Margarita with it in. It’s a revelation and provides a perfect Indian (or Mexican) twist to this already well-established classic. It just seems to go amazingly well with a scorching hot bit of curry too.
Indian Tiffin Rooms, 2 Isabella Banks Street, First Street, Manchester, M15 4RL
Spicy Margarita @ Chakalaka
South African eatery and bar on Oldham Street – Chakalaka – certainly take their spice seriously. There’s a lot of it floating around the fantastic South African dishes on offer here, as well as their unique take on the classic margarita. It’s a spicy one this one – complete with red chilli on the rim – but not too spicy (if you’re worried). Just like Goldilocks I’d say that this one is pretty much ‘just right’ – you can tell there’s spice in there but it’s not going to melt your lips off. Excellent.
Chakalaka, 105a Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW
Tommy’s Margarita @ Alvarium
Alvarium’s take on the Margarita is pretty classic – featuring ‘Tommy’s’ version of the drink, basically just tequila, lime and agave. The reason this one is so good though is definitely down to owner Brandon’s extensive experience behind bars over the years – meaning you’re getting a cocktail that’s always spot on. With it being in a vegan restaurant – it’s vegan too. And yes, I know that pretty much every single Margarita in the world is vegan – but it’s good to be reminded every once in a while.
Alvarium, Manchester M4 1LU
Maestro’s Marg @ The Pen & Pencil
Always keen to put a little spin on their cocktails, Northern Quarter fave The Pen & Pencil have created the Maestro Marg – a wonderful margarita that comes loaded with smoked tequila and orange bitters. It’s perfectly balanced and almost goes down a little too easily – well, that’s my excuse for getting hammered anyway.
The Pen And Pencil, Fourways House, 57 Hilton St, Manchester M1 2EJ
Pineapple & Jalapeño Margarita @ Luck Lust Liquor & Burn
They (obviously) take margaritas pretty seriously at Luck Lust Liquor & Burn. So seriously in fact that a huge section of their drinks menu is dedicated to them – especially the frozen kind. Favourite amongst these is the outstanding Pineapple & Jalapeño one – a sweet and spicy number that manages to brighten up your day even if your hamster just died. Pair with some tacos and you’ll be bubbling y’all.
Luck Lust Liquor and Burn, 100-102 High St, Manchester M4 1HP