Cinco de Mayo Guide: Margaritas

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Margaritas can be a point of contention. On the rocks or frozen? Exotic flavorings or just the classic tequila bite?

But that shouldn't be the case - at least on Cinco de Mayo, a day of celebration. Get your game plan ready by scoping out our guide to the myriad margaritas in town.


A bevy of fruit-flavored margaritas aren't the only thing happening for Cinco de Mayo at La Fogata, but grabbing one of these juicy little numbers is the best way to get the evening started.

Melon, mango, raspberry and, of course, strawberry are among the 15 flavors available at the Short North spot, which boasts a patio where you'll want to get a seat early. All are available either frozen or on the rocks and are made with La Fogata's house tequila. If you want to up the ante, sub in one of the tequileria's 65 other varieties.

La Fogata

790 N. High St., Short North




Margaritas are always taken seriously at Cantina Laredo, but for Cinco de Mayo, look out for this heavy hitter: the Cinco-rita. On special now through May 5, it's made with four silver tequilas - SauzaHornitos Plata, Sauza Blanco, Herradura Silver and Cazadores Silver - Cointreau, lime juice and agave nectar.

The cantina offers lots of other specialty margaritas, all made with their selection of 40-plus premium tequilas, including a pomegranate one. And if you don't see what you're looking for, you can sub any of the ingredients for a margarita of your choosing.

Cantina Laredo

8791 Lyra Dr., Polaris



Tequila cocktail

If you're looking for a less overtly Mexican-themed night on the town, trade in the mariachi bands for Eleven's chic outdoor patio.

Their elderflower margarita combines the usual margarita suspects, Jose Cuervo and lime, with the floral addition of St. Germain, a French liqueur distilled from elderflowers. It's served on the rocks or chilled and in a less-conspicuous-looking rocks glass.

And from 4:30-6:30 p.m., it's one of a number of cocktails on the happy hour menu. Get there early to score a sidewalk-side seat in the sunshine.


591 N. High St., Short North