Tulsa Knows Good Margaritas

By on August 13, 2014

Margaritas are believed to have originated in Mexico and have been a staple beverage at Mexican restaurants for years. We’ve all had great and not so great margaritas. So what are the ingredients that make up a “good” margarita?

1. Fresh Lime Juice

In order to be a “real” margarita, it has to have fresh ingredients, most importantly fresh juices. You really can taste the difference.

2. Quality Tequila

Anyone who has had a cheap “house” margarita knows what I’m talking about here. I look for margaritas that use high quality 100% Agave Tequila, usually either a Silver or Blanco.

3. Complimenting Flavors and Liquors

Most margaritas include an orange flavored liquor, but the possibilities are endless in this department. What additional flavors and liquor does is balance out the sourness of the lime and sharpness of the tequila in a margarita.

After establishing my guidelines for a good margarita, I went in search of some of the best examples in Tulsa. What a delicious journey it was! Below are the 5 best margaritas in town that I highly recommend.

Spicy Slim Rita

1. Spicy Slim Rita at Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina $9.95

To be honest, this may be the best margarita I have ever had. I watched as the bartender carefully muddled the jalapenos in the glass before shaking up the  fresh lime juice, Patron Reposado, and St-Germain Elderflower liquor. Since I had never heard of elderflower liquor, he let me try a little by itself. It was so sweet and smooth I would have sipped it on the rocks and been a very happy girl. One taste of the finished cocktail and my eyes were big with delight. The flavors paired perfectly and instead of being super spicy, were surprisingly refreshing. I’ve been dying to go back for another one ever since!

300 Riverwalk Ter Jenks, OK 918-298-2226
151 Bass Pro Dr Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 918-355-8877
9455 N Owasso Expy Owasso, Oklahoma 918-609-8671

Hibiscus Margarita

2. Hibiscus Margarita at El Guapo’s Cantina $7.50

It was a nice day, so I got to enjoy my margarita on the rooftop terrace. When the margarita came, I instantly fell in love with its deep pink color. At El Guapo’s they make their own limeade instead of using a margarita mix, and I could definitely taste the difference. That, along with a homemade hibiscus syrup made this margarita, not just beautiful, but delicious!

332 E 1st St Tulsa, Oklahoma 918-382-7482

La Fresa Margarita

3. La Fresa Margarita at Juniper $10

This is probably the most unique margarita on the list, and everything in it is fresh, fresh, fresh. They use their own strawberry infused tequila, house made cilantro simple syrup, and fresh lemon, lime, and orange juice. This margarita is so light and refreshing you almost forget it’s a margarita at all!

324 E 3rd St Tulsa, Oklahoma 918-794-1090


4. Margarita at Mondo’s Italian Restaurant $6

This is Mondo’s take on a classic margarita, and it sure is a great one. Not only do they use fresh lime juice, and Sauza Giro tequila, but they also use two orange liquors. Triple Sec is shaken in with the other ingredients and poured over ice, then Grand Marnier is poured over the top to seep down into the drink. This makes for a delightfully citrus-y and unexpectedly strong cocktail!

3410 S Peoria Ave Tulsa, Oklahoma 918-561-6300

Skinny Rita

5. Skinny Rita at In the Raw Sushi $9

This margarita on the patio is a very sweet way to end a long day of photography around Tulsa. In the Raw uses Partida Reposado tequila, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar to make this low calorie margarita. While a few on our list did not have salt, this is the only one that did not have salt or ice. My margarita never did get watered down, even though I stayed to watch the sunset over Tulsa!

6151 S Sheridan Rd Tulsa, Oklahoma 918-524-0063
3321 S Peoria Ave Tulsa, Oklahoma 918-744-1300

Click here to view the follow up video for my Italian Margarita recipe!

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