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The Ten Best Margaritas in Miami

When it comes to refreshing alcoholic beverages, few concoctions compete with the margarita. The mojito aside, it's practically the unofficial drink of South Florida.

Although downing margaritas all day is not generally good life advice, February 22 is National Margarita Day, which means you get a pass.

Of course, Floridians don't need a designated day as an excuse to relax and sip a cold one. Margaritas are year-round here. Every variation begins with a good tequila; then it's up to the bartender to add a touch of flair. Here are the ten best in Miami.

The Ten Best Margaritas in Miami
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Bodega


1220 16th St., Miami Beach
305-704-2145
bodegasouthbeach.com


Try the Pico Picante ($13), Bodega's version of a margarita. It's made with Maestro Dobel tequila, Ilegal Joven mezcal, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeño, lime, and orange bitters, and comes garnished with sliced cucumber.

The Bazaar by José Andrés


1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
305-455-2999
sbe.com


Chef José Andrés loves to play with his food. He adds whimsical touches to his dishes to create memorable bites. It's no wonder, then, that the same care is taken with his restaurants' margarita ($14-$16). A classic cocktail is graced with a touch of salt "air" — a briny foam that makes it seem as if your cocktail was kissed by a mermaid.

The Ten Best Margaritas in Miami
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Gianni's at the Villa


1116 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
786-485-2200
vmmiamibeach.com


Go big with this restaurant's 24 Karat Golden Margarita ($24), prepared with gold-infused El Cartel tequila, Grand Marnier, and fresh orange and lime juices. It's poured over ice and finished with a salt rim and gold flakes.

The Ten Best Margaritas in Miami
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Margaritaville


1111 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood
954-874-4444
margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com


Every day is a perfect day to enjoy a margarita. Multiple margaritas ($8 to $15) abound at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, but try the classic Booze in the Blender, which comes in its own blender for you to keep if you're a die-hard Parrot Head.

The Ten Best Margaritas in Miami
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SoCal


1000 S. Miami Ave., Miami
754-600-1045
socal-taco.com


Barman Leo Holtzman's Gardner's margarita ($11) at SoCal is a gorgeous rose-colored drink that gets its name (and freshness) from red bell peppers, cucumbers, and serrano chilies. Herradura tequila is used in this perfectly sweet and savory cocktail.

The Ten Best Margaritas in Miami
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Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar


1313 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
954-524-9550
roccostacos.com/fortlauderdale


How about a little spice with your margarita? Take Rocco's Tacos' jalapeño margarita ($10.75). The libation is made with jalapeño-infused tequila offset with an orange liqueur, Rocco’s house-made sour mix, and agave nectar. It's a pleasant balance of sweet with a kick.

The Ten Best Margaritas in Miami
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Regent Cocktail Club


1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
786-975-2550
regentcocktailclub.com


Regent Cocktail Club's version ($15) is a fresh take on the classic. After a generous pour of tequila, it calls for mint, lime, and bubbles. Add in the Regent's dark, classy setting, and you have a sexy, warm experience unlike any other.

TacoCraft
TacoCraft
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TacoCraft Taqueria & Tequila Bar


5829 SW 73rd St., South Miami
305-668-5612
tacocraft.com


Life is short: Eat tacos and drink tequila. Well, at least that's what you can do at TacoCraft, where you can choose from more than 150 tequilas and mezcals for your margarita (prices vary). Visit Monday for $5 margaritas.

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Makoto


9700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
305-864-8600
makoto-restaurant.com


Makoto's grilled pineapple margarita ($13) is the perfect complement to the restaurant's Asian flavors. For its margarita, Makoto infuses tequila with grilled pineapple and tinges it with cilantro. A spicy-salty rim seals the deal.

The Ten Best Margaritas in Miami
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Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican


501 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach
954-457-7662
cantinalaredo.com


Cantina Laredo at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach offers the Cabo Flip. The concoction — made with fresh lime juice, Cabo Wabo reposado, and Grand Marnier — is served with a lime boat full of tequila ($12.75).

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