Masters of the Margarita

By: Jessica Hubble | LCA’s Digital Marketing Specialist

National Margarita Day is Friday, February 22nd and what better excuse to sip on a “rita” than that?! With this in mind, we decided to sample the best margaritas in Las Colinas to help you choose where to celebrate. I will introduce you to the Barrel Select Margarita, the Devil’s Margarita, and a secret menu item.

Before we dive in here are some fun facts about the margarita to throw out to your friends at happy hour this Friday; “Margarita” is Spanish for daisy and its name has several legends and myths behind it. Margaritas were originally made with brandy instead of tequila which changed during the prohibition era. Ever wonder what the iconic, traditional stepped diameter margarita glass is actually called? It’s called an eponymous margarita glass and was used for champagne during the prohibition era.

EL Famoso

With over 22 different tequilas, El Famoso is the tequila mecca of Las Colinas. Their signature tequila Avion Reposado, was hand selected by the owner from 12 select barrels at the Avion distillery in Jesús María, Jalisco, Mexico. Reposado tequila is a “rested” tequila which means it is matured for two to twelve months in oak barrels. These barrels are usually second use from American whiskey distillers. The oak barrels help give the Tequila a creamy vanilla undertone, which gives it a mellow taste and a pale color.

Their Barrel Select margarita features their signature Avion Reposado tequila with Gran Mariner, and fresh citrus.  With the Southern California-Mex inspired décor, and breezy patio, sipping their Barrel Select margarita will take you on a mini-vacation. El Famoso is located in Gables Water Street at 5228 N O’Connor.

Two Mules Cantina at Texican Court Hotel

If you’re looking for a spicy twist on the classic margarita, Two Mules Cantina has the perfect cocktail! Their Diablo Margarita is made with muddled fresh jalapeños, lime juice, Cointreau, and Herradura Silver tequila. The jalapeño flavor is delicate until the end but then leaves a subtle burn in the back of the throat. The Cointreau adds to the exotic flavors of this cocktail by adding a hint of flowers and bitter oranges which balances the spice of the jalapeños.

Silver tequila is bottled with no water reduction, meaning it is 100% agave tequila and not diluted with water. Herradura Silver tequila is aged for 45 days before it is bottled.  Silver tequilas have the true flavor the blue agave plant from which tequila is made and has a taste comparable to honey but with a more neutral flavor. The agave plant naturally produces sugar and although it is often mistaken as a cactus it is a succulent that thrives in the Mexican desert and that makes it the perfect plant for this Mexican spirit.

Two Mules Cantina is inside the new Texican Court Hotel located at 501 W Las Colinas Blvd.

The Ranch

For something that is shimmering with summer and not on the menu ask for a frozen margarita with a swirl of cordial at The Ranch in Las Colinas. I recommend the strawberry cordial, but Chambord and Grand Mariner are also available. Cordials and liqueurs are the same thing and the terms are interchangeable. Cordials are low alcohol and made from fruits, flowers, plants, or pure juices and must be at least 2.5% sugar. The adjective cordial means “warmly and genially affable” (according to Merriam-Webster), and as you sip on this secret menu item you might get the impression that the cordial drink embodies that meaning.

The frozen margarita is made with tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice, agave nectar, and Cointreau. The rim of the glass is rimmed with sugar instead of salt. I highly recommend sipping this summery drink on the Ranch’s back porch. The Ranch is located at 857 W. John Carpenter Freeway.