Who doesn’t love kick back during the weekend with a margarita in hand (salt optional)? Instead of whipping out the shakers and salts at home, head to one of these Valley restaurants for a top-notch margarita.
The Mission in Old Town serves up some of the Valley’s best Latin fare, complemented by modern presentations, a perfect patio and an amazing drink menu. The Mission’s drink menu includes the beloved avocado margarita, coconut margarita and a selection of blended fruit margaritas. (The modern Latin restaurant also has a divine selection of mojitos, to boot.) www.themissionaz.com.
Whatever you’re craving, Carefree Station has a margarita to satisfy it. Smok’n Guns is a savory selection with cilantro, red peppers and habanero sauce while Thea’s Apple Pie is inspired by, you guessed it, a yummy slice of the classic all-American dessert (complete with a cinnamon sugar rim). www.carefreestation.com.
To go along with its top-notch Mexican fare, Spotted Donkey (with its two Valley locations) offers a menu of unique margaritas that are sure to satisfy. Spotted Donkey also serves up plenty of other delicious tequila-infused cocktails. www.spotteddonkeycantina.com; www.elpedregal.com.
Spicy? Sweet? Simple and straightforward? Whatever your sipping preference, North Scottsdale’s Jalapeno Inferno has a margarita for you. Can’t decide between the La Ultima or The Boss? Try Jalapeno Inferno’s Scottsdale Sampler, which features three mini versions of the margaritas of your choice. www.jalapenoinferno.com.
With more than 200 varieties of tequila and a Tequila Goddess on staff, La Hacienda at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is sure to have some tasty margaritas in its lineup. The El Pina Diablo features pineapple-serrano chile-infused tequila while the Prickly Pear features one of the most cherished flavors of the Southwest. www.scottsdaleprincess.com.
El Tequileño, a tequila founded in 1959, is launching in Arizona and will be available at Total Wine and Spirits in the coming weeks.
Seeking a fun new way to sip this spring and summer? The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa presents, in collaboration with Scottsdale League for the Arts, Mixed: A Cocktail Culinary Series.