Lime Time

Where to Find Sarasota’s Best Margaritas, Just in Time for Cinco De Mayo

A great margarita will never go out of style. Here are some of our favorites.

By Megan McDonald and Allison Forsyth

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State Street Eating House + Cocktails' margarita.

Image: Chad Spencer

You could celebrate Cinco De Mayo without margaritas, we guess, but we're not sure why you'd want to. Here are some of favorites:

Circo

1435 Second St., Sarasota, (941) 253-0978

We know, we know. Why would a taco and bourbon joint have a worthy margarita for this list? Trust us—it does. Order one by the glass with several flavor options, or bring some friends and order a margarita jug.

El Melvin Cocina Mexicana

1355 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 366-1618

El Melvin's hot and spicy menu, prime location and bumping music add up to Cinco De Mayo perfection. Try the "Sarasota Sunset" margarita with orange agave nectar and passion fruit. The "El Diablo," mixed with red wine, is another nice option.

Jack Dusty

1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota, (941) 309-2266

Looking for a refreshing, delicate drink? The reddish-hued Italian liqueur Casoni makes Jack Dusty's marg pretty in pink—and lovely to drink.

Mi Pueblo

8405 Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, (941) 359-9303; 4436 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, (941) 379-2880; 530 U.S. 41 Bypass, Venice, (941) 486-0005

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.

Mr. Tequila

3969 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, (941) 312-5110; 491 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, (941) 751-9006

Grab a pitcher to share at this Mexican joint. From frozen to flavored to mixed with a splash of sweet sangria, Mr. Tequila has you covered.

The Old Salty Dog

1601B Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, (941) 388-4311; 5023 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, (941) 349-0158; 1475 Tamiami Trail S., Venice, (941) 483-1000

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.

Reyna's Taqueria

935 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, (941) 260-8343

This taqueria may only have one marg on the menu, but one is all it needs. No wonder "reyna" translates as "queen." The house-made lemon-lime margarita reigns in our book.

State Street Eating House + Cocktails

1533 State St., Sarasota, (941) 951-1533

Tequila that's barrel-aged in-house and mixed with fresh lime juice, Bauchant orange liqueur, a secret simple syrup recipe and fancy peach salt from Australia make State Street's margarita a winner.

The Grasshopper

7253 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 923-3688

They say never mix beer and liquor, but sometimes, you have to break the rules. Have some fun with the Coronarita, made with tequila and a seven-ounce cold Corona beer in the glass.

Wicked Cantina

1603 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 706-2395; 101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach, (941) 281-2990

You're guaranteed a wicked time at this cantina, which serves nine different margaritas. Kick back with the "Sweet Heat," made with mango purée and muddled jalapeño, or the "Tiki," made with Don Julio Blanco tequila, triple sec and pineapple.

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