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’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’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’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.