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Nine Best Margaritas in Broward and Palm Beach

The margarita is perhaps one of the most widely known - and imbibed - party drinks.

While most of today's versions are candy-sweet, served in fishbowls, and made with enough cheap sour mix to preserve just about anything, the true classic version of this drink is worth celebrating. Especially later this week on Cinco de Mayo.

At its most basic, a good margarita should be a perfect balance of sweet and tart, contain just the right amount of good tequila, and pair well with the South Florida heat.

Luckily, no matter how you like yours - on the rocks, frozen, with or without salt, or fruit-infused - Broward and Palm Beach are full of worthy options.

Here are the eight best margaritas you'll find from West Palm Beach to Hollywood.

9. Rocco's Tacos
1313 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-524-9550, or visit
When May 5 rolls around this year — known to many as Cinco de Drinko — you know what that means at Rocco's Tacos. It's tequila time. With five locations in South Florida and one in Orlando, Rocco’s Tacos is one of the top places to celebrate this special Mexican-inspired drinking holiday in South Florida. Although the bar offers a variety of flavored and specialty margaritas served on the rocks or frozen, right now you can also walk into any Florida Rocco’s Tacos and find the hemp-and-pistachio-flavored Myschyf margarita, a blend of Herradura silver tequila and fresh-squeezed lime juice spiked with the new liqueur created by a duo of South Florida nightlife industry professionals.

8. Casa Linda
701 Congress Ave., Boynton Beach. Call 561-734-8644, or visit
On Wednesday, the Boynton Beach Casa Linda location sells frozen and on-the-rocks margaritas for 99 cents (all day long with the purchase of a meal priced $8.95 or more). Casa Linda's 10-month-old sister location in Lake Worth offers the same deal every Tuesday. According to co-owner Mirna Contreras-Benitez, the restaurant's margarita mix is made using her recipe with a sour mix made fresh daily. On an average Wednesday, each restaurant will sell more than 350 drinks throughout the day. 

7. Brimstone Woodfire Grill
14575 SW Fifth St., Pembroke Pines. Call 954-430-2333, or visit
At Brimstone in Pembroke Pines, the outside bar offers the perfect spot to sit back and relax, drink in hand; under the shade of a large patio awning — a roaming area cooled by dozens of fans and offering a variety of lounging options — you can enjoy a variety of beverages. The best choice, however, is the margarita flight created by beverage manager Jodi Patten, four four-ounce drinks that include the house pineapple mango, strawberry, blood orange, and classic margarita made with Casamigos tequila.

6. Los Tacos
12393 Pembroke Road, Weston. Call 954-430-5180, or visit
Once available in one flavor, these days margaritas come in a rainbow of variations. While some can be a real treat, others are like the modern-day equivalent of a sour-apple martini: unbalanced and cloyingly sweet. The South Florida Mexican chain dubbed Los Tacos offers its margaritas with a wide range of indigenous Mexican ingredients, available frozen or on the rocks. That includes the house tamarind-, mango-, or lychee-flavored options blended with fresh fruit purées. 

5. The Feisty Bull
9225 W. Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs. Call 954-623-8066,  or visit
The progressive Mexican restaurant the Feisty Bull in Coral Springs from restaurateur Luigi Carvelli has delivered a Mexican-Spanish fusion concept. The restaurant and bar offer a Latin-inspired menu, and that — of course — includes some pretty damned good margaritas. Served by the glass or pitcher, and available in a rainbow of fruits like smoky peach or raspberry pineapple (pictured here), they're some of the best around.

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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