Nothing goes better with Miami’s perfect beach day weather than a margarita, the traditional cocktail that’s an ideal canvas for reinvention. New spins on the iconic cocktail come with fruit, spice, herbs, salt, and premium liqueurs like Grand Marnier. You can go weeks without trying the same drink twice, and in Miami’s eclectic restaurant and bar scene, you won’t have to. Daring foodies and traditional noshers alike will discover new flavors and delectable pairings on this list of the best margaritas in Miami. Here’s where to find the most eccentric expressions of the humble margarita.Read More
Where to Find Miami’s Most Unique Margaritas
Over in Miami Beach, Taquiza serves up authentic Mexican street food in a low-key outdoor setting. Order favorites like elote or carnitas tacos, which come on organic blue masa tortillas that Taquiza makes daily, and bring your meal outside to the picturesque garden patio to enjoy Miami’s year-round tropical breezes. Make your meal an occasion to remember with a Jiminy Cricket margarita made with Grand Marnier, Espolòn Blanco tequila, lime juice, watermelon-cilantro shrub, and grasshopper salt. This refreshing twist on the classic margarita pairs well with spicy tacos and crunchy tortilla chips.
Beaker & Gray
For casual dining with an upscale flair, join the foodies at Beaker & Gray in Wynwood, where chefs cater to a hip crowd with adventurous palates. This “eatery, barroom, and purlieu” brings Latin American ingredients like queso fresco, chimichurri, and chili together with global flavors like dashi, sauerkraut, and curry. Bacon is everywhere on Beaker & Gray’s menu, from its cheeseburger croquettes to the shrimp and polenta that’s spiked with pineapple. Offset all that salt and umami with a tangy margarita called the Grand Daisy, a mix of Grand Marnier, Espolòn Anejo, pineapple juice, Thai chili syrup, lime juice, and muddled cucumber.
If you’re looking for a more late-night scene, check out Boombox, where industrial grunge and high art meet quirky nostalgia. While you can order bottle service and party like a Miami local at Boombox, you can’t miss the bar and lounge’s quirky ’80s- and ’90s-inspired cocktails. Grab a fresh bite from Mason next door, and play some pool back at Boombox while you sip a Recuerde Rojita margarita. Ask the bartender to concoct this sophisticated drink with Grand Marnier, Espolòn Reposado, blood orange, and red wine fleur de sel, then kick back and enjoy the party.
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No other restaurant in Miami represents the unsung tastes of Florida quite like Ariete. With their seasonal, ever-changing menu, Ariete highlights local ingredients like oysters, venison, and fresh-caught fish, but with a classic American touch for a uniquely New World approach. At Ariete, oysters are wood-grilled with bone marrow butter, and pan-roasted venison joins wild mushrooms for an unforgettable entrée fresh from Florida’s forests. Pair these rich flavors with a zesty and humorously named Why is Marita so Loud? margarita. Grand Marnier and Espolòn Reposado tequila come together with Aperol, lemon, and agave for a citrusy treat.
The Local Craft Food & Drink
The Local lives up to its refined but tropical Coral Gables surroundings. This chill gastropub welcomes finicky craft beer connoisseurs and mellow diners alike with its classic pub atmosphere, fruity craft cocktails, and filling entrees like the pork belly porchetta and the short rib vaca frita. While you’re enjoying the satisfying menu of Spanish-American-style comfort food, balance those rich flavors with a simple margarita called the Local Grand margarita. For this drink, all you need is Grand Marnier, Espolòn Reposado, agave, lime, and a dehydrated orange slice for a garnish.
Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres at SLS Brickell
Bazaar Mar is the brainchild of humanitarian and James Beard Award-winning chef José Andrés. Diners can reach the restaurant by journeying inside the art deco SLS Hotel in Brickell. Beyond its ritzy setting, Bazaar Mar lives up to its prodigious pedigree with a menu inspired by Miami and another art deco-adorned destination, Singapore. Drink a pure Salt Air margarita, made with only Grand Marnier, Espolòn Blanco, lime, and, yes, salt air. The unadulterated simplicity of this drink leaves plenty of room for more complex flavors, such as the Japanese tacos, with grilled eel, shiso, cucumber, wasabi, and pork chicharrones.
For something a bit more casual, visit The Mighty, a gastropub that specializes in homemade sausages. Going to The Mighty is like swinging by your favorite neighborhood joint for dinner. That is, if your friendly, hometown gastropub makes astonishing sausages with avant-garde meats like duck or pork and smoked bacon. This may sound peculiar, but The Mighty has quite a following. Take a hint from the locals and order a spicy Grand Suegra margarita, with Grand Marnier, Espolòn Reposado, mezcal, passionfruit juice, lime juice, and muddled jalapeno. Then walk on the wild side with an order of duck sausage.
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Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company
At this retro-industrial haunt, locals love to order up cocktails and snacks into the wee hours of the morning. But this cool, casual bar is more than just a trend. Sweet Liberty has ranked among the World’s Top 50 Bars more than once, coming in at 21 on the list just last year. Hang out with Miami’s laid-back crowd with your own Who Doesn’t Love Their Grand Ma? margarita, a concoction of Espolòn Blanco, lime and ginger juices, with Grand Marnier floated on top. Beyond its funkily named drinks, Sweet Liberty’s menu is a veritable United Nations of finger food. Yes, you can have pimento cheese croquetas, churrasco banh mi, and grilled bone marrow all in the same meal.
In the lobby of the X Miami apartment building, you’ll find a modern, relaxed bar that was made to cater to the easygoing locals. The kitchen serves a tailored menu of pasta and small bites in this palm- and flamingo-studded setting. But if you notice you’re getting too relaxed, order a pepped-up Volcano Rabbit margarita. With an espresso base, plus Grand Marnier, Espolòn Reposado, and cinnamon, this rabbit will be sure to keep you awake. If you’re lucky enough to be at Jaguar Sun for happy hour, nibble on a Jonah crab claw with Thai dipping sauce or a few of their hearty Beausoleil oysters.
This nautical-themed bar on the famous Calle Ocho is named — and decorated — after the Nancy, an American sailing ship that carried ammunition and spirits during the Revolutionary War. Don’t get too distracted by their down-to-earth food. First, head straight for the bar and ask for a My Fair Lady margarita, a tangy, orange twist on the classic drink that calls for Grand Marnier, Espolòn Blanco, lime, agave, Regan’s Orange Bitters, and a black salt rim.
This chic, modern Japanese restaurant is situated inside downtown Miami’s Kimpton EPIC Hotel. In following the location’s sleek design, Zuma’s menu offers a winnowed selection of cold dishes, tempura, robata meats and seafood, sushi, and sashimi. A five-spice margarita — with Grand Marnier, Partida Reposado, toasted fennel cordial, lime, and bitters — will prime your palate for Zuma’s umami-rich dishes.
Another Coral Gables staple, Bulla Gastrobar plays to the area’s Spanish heritage with its range of sangrias and tapas. Continue the Iberian theme with a Spanish margarita, a sweet and sour blend of Jimador Reposado, Grand Marnier, Amontillado sherry, lime juice, and agave nectar. Lounge at Bulla’s bright and airy bar, and share some small plates with friends. Gambas al ajillo — a dish of shrimp, garlic, and guindilla peppers — pairs perfectly with the clean taste of your drink.