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Where to drink in San Antonio right now: 5 favorite margaritas

Where to drink in San Antonio right now: 5 favorite margaritas

El Machito San Antonio restaurant Johnny Hernandez margarita cocktail drink
These are the five margaritas you should be sipping on this month. El Machito/Facebook

It's been an amazing start to a San Antonio spring, from warm weather to blooming wildflowers — all we need is a margarita on a patio. Served skinny, frozen, on the rocks, or with two straws, margaritas rule this month.

El Machito
The colorful background, the art, and the patio make this Quarry setting perfect for a big and bold margarita. The El Machito is one of our favorites in the city, made with Montelobos Mezcal, Ancho Reyes liqueur, Brugal rum, and muddled cucumbers. This crisp delight is a nice refresher on the patio or inside where all the fiery grill action is.

Aldaco's
This Stone Oak eatery is as tasty as it is beautiful. The frozen avocado margarita delivers a tasty complement to Aldaco's menu choices. We tried to bribe our server for the secret recipe, but they’re keeping it under wraps. All we can tell you is that you should order one. We also enjoyed the skinny margarita — something about that agave nectar keeps us coming back for more. 

El Jarro
​El Jarro is always buzzing with dancing, drinking, and good sustenance. The night we visited was no exception, and the patio also played a central part in a lovely evening with Arturo's Margarita. It's strong, straightforward, and delicious, and we couldn't stop at one. Proving that simple ingredients are the best, this one is made with Patrón Silver tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice.

Palenque Grill
New to La Cantera and ideal for a shopping pick-me-up, Palenque Grill has an unbelievable and beautiful bar. Brimming with every kind of drink you can dream up, its motto is "two is better than one" on the margarita front. Frozen or on the rocks, choose your tequila and the type of ingredients you want. If you know what you want, they will make it happen.

Boudro's Texas Bistro
Tourists and locals flock to this iconic downtown restaurant famous for its margaritas. The prickly pear 'rita is pretty, tasty, and everything we love: tequila, triple sec, and fresh lime juice frozen and layered with prickly cactus pear puree. You can find the recipe online if you’re feeling adventurous, or simply find a nice seat on the River Walk patio and enjoy the scenery.

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