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15 margaritas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Houston

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Cinco de Mayo is here once again, a holiday where the tequila flows liberally, especially in Houston.

May 5, which is a much bigger celebration in the U.S. than in Mexico, commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla, but has grown into a larger fiesta honoring Mexican culture stateside.

From classic margaritas to unusual concoctions and of course, $5 margs, here’s your guide to the ultimate Houston margarita trail.

The classics

Chivos: This new fine-dining Mexican restaurant in the Heights offers five different margaritas, from the house marg ($12) to a spicy version ($13) with Pueblo Viejo tequila, mango, guajillo chile and lime.

Flora: Can’t decide between tequila or mezcal? Another newcomer, Flora in Buffalo Bayou Park, serves The Grant ($18) with both reposado tequila and mezcal, plus a cricket salt rim.

Behold, the Greatest Margarita Ever Sold at Hugo's.

Behold, the Greatest Margarita Ever Sold at Hugo’s.

Hugo’s

Hugo’s: Hugo Ortega’s signature restaurant offers a Greatest Margarita Ever Sold, which mixes Gran Centenario Añejo Tequila with 25-year Grand Marnier. It’s usually $29, but on Cinco de Mayo the iconic marg is half-off. Other margaritas at Hugo’s and its sister restaurant Xochi, such as the Hugorita, are $2 off all day.

Molina’s Cantina: Raul Molina, Jr., is credited with bringing the frozen margarita machine—invented in Dallas in 1971—to Houston. On Cinco de Mayo, all three locations of Molina’s are offering $6.50 house margaritas.

Picos is renowned in Houston for its shaker margaritas.

Picos is renowned in Houston for its shaker margaritas.

Picos

Picos: The Upper Kirby institution will begin its big Cinco de Mayo Celebration starting at 2 p.m. The all day happy hour will feature many drink specials, including $8 Cazadores Picos Ritas—shaker, on the rocks or frozen.

Something different

Kin Dee: This vibrant Thai restaurant in the Heights has two twists on the margarita. The Saneh Jan ($13) is made with tequila, lime juice, passion fruit juice and a Thai chile garnish; and the Butterfly Pea Margarita ($16), with butterfly pea syrup made in-house, Don Julio Blanco, lime juice and triple sec.

Kin Dee Thai Cuisine made a margarita with butterfly pea flower.

Kin Dee Thai Cuisine made a margarita with butterfly pea flower.

Kin Dee Thai Cuisine

Mahesh’s Kitchen: An Indian restaurant in Sugar Land is not a traditional go-to on Cinco de Mayo, but those looking for a different kind of spice can try Mashesh’s margarita ($11.50), which features cumin-infused tequila, tamarind chutney, triple sec and lime juice.

Maize: Another new upscale Mexican restaurant, this one in Memorial, Maize serves a twist on the classic is called the Cintli ($13). It’s made with sotol instead of tequila, purple corn syrup, nixta corn liqueur, lime and roasted corn salt.

Maize's Cintli is corn-inspired, just like the restaurant.

Maize’s Cintli is corn-inspired, just like the restaurant.

Becca Wright

The Original Ninfa’s: Ninfa’s is definitely a Tex-Mex classic, but this year they’re offering something different as they host a viewing party for tonight’s episode of “Top Chef: Houston.” Taste the Piña-mezcalita ($13), a new cocktail with Damiana Herb Liqueur, Ilegal Mezcal Joven, Chile Poblano Liqueur, roasted pineapple, pineapple juice, lime juice, agave syrup, chamoy and a Tajin rim.

The Original Ninfa's has a new margarita on the menu, the Piña-mezcalita.

The Original Ninfa’s has a new margarita on the menu, the Piña-mezcalita.

The Original Ninfa’s

$5 margs

Spanish Village: The iconic Tex-Mex restaurant in Third Ward is serving $5 margaritas from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., from a recipe that hasn’t changed since its opening in 1953. Flavored margs, like mango and strawberry, are $7.

The classic frozen margarita at Spanish Village.

The classic frozen margarita at Spanish Village.

Kirsten Gilliam

Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen: Houston’s enchilada queen is spreading joy on Cinco de Mayo with $5 house margaritas and skinny margaritas. 

Taco Cabana: The chain and drive-thru restaurant has introduced a new Tajin Margarita on Cinco de Mayo, which will set you back just $4.

Tobiuo Sushi & Bar: This Katy sushi spot is offering $5 margaritas all day, including traditional versions and flavored ones like watermelon mint or prickly pear. Also file under “something different.”

The watermelon margarita at Tobiuo Sushi & Bar.

The watermelon margarita at Tobiuo Sushi & Bar.

Dragana Harris

If you’re balling


Armandos: A Houston staple since 1978, Armandos has a River Oaks Rita on its menu that costs $45, should you wish to spend that much money on a margarita. It has Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Tequila, Patron Citronge, lime juice, agave, a green salt rim and … a 24-karat gold lime slice.



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