5 Must-Try Margaritas in London
We are always up for a margarita, but there is something particularly good about sipping this ice-cold cocktail on a hot summery day. After much research (and a few hangovers) we give you our five favourite margaritas in London, with tips on what to order on the side.
What: Tommy's Margarita at Casita
Why: A classic margarita made with agave instead of sugar, and served the rocks.
On the Side: There's nothing to eat at this tiny cocktail shack in Shoreditch, so order a tequila con verdita on the side — a tequila shot with a pineapple, coriander, mint and jalapeño chaser.
5a Ravey St., EC2A 4QW
What: Sandia Margarita at Taqueria
Why: The watermelon-infused margarita at this casual Notting Hill hot spot is refreshing and sweet, with an extra kick thanks to the chile-salt rim.
On the Side: Corn on the cob rolled in mayonnaise, crumbly cheese and chipotle powder.
139-143 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RS; 020 7229 4734
What: Classic Margarita at Santo
Why: Don't be put off by the size of the drinks at this lively Portobello Mexican; they are small but deadly. Gather a group, order a pitcher and wait to see who's the last one standing.
On the Side: A messy plate of nachos: Mexican cheese melted over blue-corn tortillas with beans, guacamole and sour cream.
299 Portobello Rd., W10 5TD; 020 8968 4590
What: Velvet Margarita at Peyote
Why: This stunning cocktail topped with fresh avocado and a pretty purple flower looks almost too good to drink, but one sip of the margarita — made with blanco tequila, agave, lime and pear juice — and you'll be glad you did.
On the Side: Fish tacos.
13 Cork St., W1S 3NS; 020 7409 1300
What: Frozen Margarita at La Bodega Negra
Why: The grown-up Slush Puppies at the Soho Mexican from Serge Becker (La Esquina) and Will Ricker (E&O) comes in a rotation of inspired flavours like guava, hibiscus and tamarind.
On the Side: Green rice and guacamole.
9 Old Compton St., W1D 5JE; 020 7758 4100