Statestreetmargarita 005 v1 2 ecpuw3

State Street's margarita

Image: Chad Spencer

You could celebrate Cinco de Mayo without margaritas, we guess, but we're not sure why you'd want to. To find Sarasota's best version of the tangy, tequila-laced drink, we asked our Facebook fans to nominate their favorites, then our lucky judges—Joey Panek and Christine Alexander, frequent Sarasota Magazine contributor Adam Davies and digital editor Megan McDonald—sipped the finalists and declared the winners.

State Street Eating House

Tequila that's barrel-aged in-house, fresh lime juice, Bauchant orange liqueur, a secret simple syrup recipe and fancy peach salt from Australia: Andale!

Jack Dusty at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Reddish-hued Italian liqueur Casoni makes this one pretty in pink—and lovely to drink.

Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant 

You'll find 10—yes, 10!—margarita options at Mi Pueblo, from one with orange and cranberry juices to one with mint leaves and even one with powdered sugar. 

Old Salty Dog

Blue skies, sunshine, a salty breeze—we'd be hard-pressed to find a better place in Sarasota to kick back. And the Grand Marnier floater on this 'rita only adds to the bliss.

Filed under