Booze

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Houston's Top 10 Margaritas

You don't have to wait for Cinco de Mayo to enjoy one of the city's favorite cocktails, but it doesn't hurt to have a few in celebration, either. Just remember to toast the Battle of Puebla (after all, that's what Cinco de Mayo commemorates -- not Mexican Independence Day.)

10. Sorrel Urban Bistro

Rimmed with stunning black salt, the hibiscus margarita at Sorrel Urban Bistro tastes like the beautiful marriage of a sweet jamaica agua fresca and a tart margarita, making it absolutely ideal for the hot summer weather.

9. El Patio

The original "Club No Minors" still cranks out some of the headiest margs in Houston. And, yes, they're still neon blue.

8. Goode Co. Seafood

A margarita and a tumbler full of shrimp campechana here, and I'm in Gulf Coast seafood heaven. It's a timeless pairing, like crunchy peanut butter and grape jelly. Both are a little pricey, but they're top quality...plus, you're dining in an old, restored rail car, and that can't be beat.

7. Spanish Village

The secret to the margaritas at Spanish Village was helpfully revealed by Houstonist's Kaylan Tannahill back in 2009: "They do not serve frozen margaritas, rather they freeze the lime juice which fractures when the drink is mixed." Just one more thing to love about the old Medical Center favorite (that, and the queso).

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