Brisbane’s best margaritas | Gourmand and Gourmet

Brisbane’s best margaritas

In our book, it’s always margarita time. Whether your hitting the town but it’s too early to be doing tequila shots yet or it’s a just one of those Tuesday nights when all you feel like is three tacos, a margarita and 12 hours of sleep, there’s never a time when a sweet and salty cocktail won’t hit the spot. Luckily it’s not all syrupy frozen cordial and cheap tequila anymore, there’s plenty of bars around town shaking up blends of fresh lime, top shelf spirits and quirky twists on the original. Here’s a few of our faves. Sonny’s House of Blues | CBD Daiquiris being so 1999 (we still miss them a little), frozen margaritas are the next best thing, and you’ll find plenty of them down in this underground dive bar. Nab a booth, grab a taco and chill out, literally, margarita in hand, to the sounds of live rock ‘n’ roll. Lychee Lounge | West End Never found a margarita that was citrusy enough for you? Well head on over to Lychee Lounge and get your mitts on the Mandarin Margarita. Mandarin (obvs), Curacao, citrus and tequila make one hell of a mix, plus, it involves seasoned ash, a type of charcoal, which totally makes it good for us, right? The Fox Hotel | South Brisbane If you ignore the view of the city behind you and just focus on the bright beach umbrellas up on Dandys Rooftop while you’re drinking a margarita, you can totally imagine you’re on holiday in Mexico. Ok, probably not, so maybe just close your eyes completely and let the Pine Orange margarita with jalepeño infused tequila take you there. Stoke Bar | South Bank For something with a little class (think Cancun), Stoke Bar’s new Coconut Jalepeño Margarita in a sunny spot on the deck is nothing short of luxury. With coconut, lime, jalepeño and tequila, it’s best paired with fried mozzarella. Because cheese is always a good idea. Los Villanos | The Barracks Dust off your lucha libre masks and get villainous with the boys at Los Villanos, who have 36 different types of tequila behind the bar.  That’s more tequila than dishes on the menu, people. They pour the good old margarita in both classic and frozen form, the recipe for the chillier of the two hailing from El Teddy’s in NYC. Fancy. La Quinta | Bulimba Nine margaritas grace the menu at La Quinta, nine. Clearly they took the whole ‘when life gives you lemons, grab the tequila’ thing seriously. Go French with Chambord, get down to earth with the Smokey Margarita or have a little fun with the Blue Margarita. St Baxter | New Farm Keeping things California sunny, St Baxter’s fruity frozen margarita are a delicious accompaniment to their Cali-Mex cuisine. They even provide you with a Californian sunrise, in the form of a mural on the wall. Mango, strawberry, pineapple – try them all and claim it as spiritual research because Baxter is your new favourite saint. Everybody should believe in something. We believe we should be on a beach drinking margaritas. Words by Moira Kennedy