Where to get your $100 margarita on Cinco de Mayo
May 4th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

Maybe this is a good year to celebrate Cinco de Mayo according to a theme. You could a) practice your Spanish and say, “Feliz dia de la Batalla de Puebla,” or “Happy day of the Battle of Puebla,” to everyone you see. You could b) practice your history lessons and note that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day; it’s the day in 1862 that the underdog Mexican army defeated the invading French army. Or you could c) practice your drinking and see how many crazy margaritas you can find and consume. Let’s go with the third option:

The $100 Margarita, Red O (Los Angeles)
If you wish that margaritas weren’t always so cheap and want to bling it up this Cinco de Mayo, step right up to Red O. The pricey drink is only available on Fridays ( (payday!) and Saturdays. Of course, it’s made with über top-shelf añejo (aged) tequilas: Patrón Burdeos, Herradura Seleccion Suprema and Partida Elegante. The drink is poured over lime sorbet ice cubes, finished with a float of Louis XIII cognac and garnished with blood orange “caviar” (made from orange juice and orange cognac). It’s appropriately served in a gold-rimmed glass on a silver platter. The drink’s name, "The Benjamin," is also appropriate.

The World's Largest Margarita, The Margaritaville Casino (Las Vegas)
It’s always nice when things are logical. Take the world’s largest margarita. It was created in Vegas (check) at Margaritaville Casino (check), which is owned by Jimmy Buffett (check). To celebrate the casino’s October 2011 grand opening, Buffett ordered up one monster margarita. It contained 2,125 gallons of Margaritaville gold tequila, 708 gallons of Margaritaville triple sec, 5,667 gallons of margarita mix and 22,267 limes and took 300 hours to fill a two-story, 31-foot-tall drum. Sadly, that drink is gone (though 181,333 twelve-ounce servings were poured). Now, you have to settle for the "Who's to Blame" house margarita, available in 45-ounce take-home-and-pass-out cups for $32.95.

The Margarita-Mojito Mash-Up, Old Blinking Light (Taos, New Mexico)
It’s not that Old Blinking Light doesn’t deal in “traditional” margaritas: Among the choices on their list are the "OBL Organic" (made with organic Republic tequila), the "Smoking Cowboy" (with a mezcal float) and the "Extreme Margita" (the classic plus Red Bull). But yes, this is also home to the Mojitarita. The seasonal, hard-to-say drink mixes the greatest hits of both drinks: silver tequila with mint, limes and orange liqueur.

Margarita as Dessert, Digg's Taco Shop (Dallas, Texas)
You might occasionally have made margaritas into a meal (with a little help from the chips and salsa bowls on the bar). At Digg's, you can now turn it into your dessert. Yes, the margarita is served the more traditional way: on the rocks or “super frozen.” I guess that makes their margarita dessert popsicle the “super extra frozen” option, and the one that’s going to make brain freeze set in even quicker.

Historic Margaritas, Ninfa’s on Navigation (Houston, Texas)
Cocktails can be so fickle. You might have fallen hard for Cosmos in the '80s and firmly held on to your oversized martini glass through the '90s, only to see them fall right off drink menus. Thank goodness then for the Ninfarita, which is based on a 30-year-old margarita recipe and still going strong at Ninfa’s. If you’re more open to change, or at least seasonal drinking, try the spring margarita spiked with jalapeno-and-habanero-infused tequila and created by the great mixologist Bobby Heugel of Anvil Bar & Refuge.

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  1. Jose Loco

    For 100 Peso's I get Hot Coca Cola and used toilet water....That's a Real Margarita.Never frozen...Always fresh.

    May 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  2. TBONE

    If your willing to pay that much for a drink then you must either be on drugs, or want to be exclusive. Anything to make a buck these days. Who cares if its cheap, why ruin the fun for the rest..If I can make my own margaritas I just have it at home and have a few friends over...

    May 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  3. RichardHead

    I'll stick with The Secret Service in Columbia...they know all the Hole in the Wall places.

    May 4, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
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