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¡Salud! New Orleans Margaritas

Johnny Sanchez Margarita (Photo: Justen Williams)

Hispanic Heritage month kicks off on September 15 and although Hispanic heritage exceeds far beyond great cocktails, celebrating with an excellent margarita is one way to start. Though primarily associated with Mexico, the margarita has spread far and wide, transforming from the traditional (tequila, orange-flavored liqueur, freshly squeezed lime juice, and salt) to the more exotic. Below is a list of unique New Orleans margaritas that are favorites at local bars and restaurants.

Unique New Orleans Margaritas

Johnny Sanchez Margaritas (Photo: Justen Williams)

Johnny Sanchez’s Oaxacan Sunrise

Modern Mexican eatery Johnny Sanchez pushes the envelope not just when it comes to food; their drink menu features the Oaxacan Sunrise, a spin on the classic tequila sunrise cocktail. Crafted with house-made hibiscus syrup and passion fruit paired with Agavales Blanco Tequila, this cocktail with a margarita twist is finished off with the restaurant’s house margarita blend. If you are looking for a more traditional margarita, Johnny Sanchez offers half off margaritas during happy hour (Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m.).

Maïs Arepas’ Pineapple-Cilantro Margarita

Maïs Arepas, a Colombian restaurant serving cocktails reflecting a wide range of Latin influences, is the home of the pineapple-cilantro margarita. Made with fresh lime juice, Patron, and Grand Marnier, it is the most popular margarita on the menu. Owner David Mantilla knows that people might be a bit hesitant: “People are sometimes scared of cilantro in their cocktail, but the pineapple-cilantro margarita is gaining popularity because of its sheer deliciousness.”

Juan’s Flying Burrito Margarita (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Juan’s Flying Burrito’s Cucumber Margarita

With four locations across New Orleans, Juan’s has served the city for almost twenty years. Known for its burritos (obviously), Juan’s also serves up a mean margarita. For a refreshing take, order the Cucumber Margarita, made with Lunazul Blanco and freshly pureed cucumber sour mix.

El Gato Negro’s Blood of the Devil

El Gato Negro serves a wide variety of margaritas on its rather extensive drink menu. While the Pineapple Cilantro is a restaurant favorite, El Gato Negro also serves a margarita called Blood of the Devil. Featuring cranberry and lime mixed with tequila, this sweet and spicy drink is one of their signature margaritas.

Casa Borrega Margaritas (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Casa Borrega’s Cadillac Margarita

Casa Borrega‘s Cadillac Margarita offers a slight twist on a traditional margarita: made with tequila, fresh lime, and agave nectar, a blood orange liqueur is added for an updated taste.

Emily Ramírez Hernández is the child of New Orleans natives whose families have been in the city for generations. Emily's earliest memories of New Orleans include joyful car rides over bumpy streets, eating dripping roast beef po-boys at Domilise's, and catching bouncy balls during Mardi Gras parades with cousins. An urban planner by day and freelance writer by night, when she is off the clock she enjoys biking around town, belly dancing, and catching nerdlesque shows.

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