The margarita starts simple—silver tequila, lime, Cointreau—and then the bartender doctors it up with cucumber, jalapeno, simple syrup and a chile pequin rim. The cucumber makes it taste light and fresh, while the chile-lime salted rim adds heat to every sip. $8. —Amy Cavanaugh
A classic margarita is a mixture of tequila, fresh lime juice and Cointreau (an orange-flavored liqueur). It's an undeniably refreshing drink whether it's Cinco de Mayo or any old Friday night. Of course, here in Chicago there are an infinite number of fanciful twists on the simple recipe. Whether you like your margs spicy, sweet, made with veggies or infused with gold flakes, there's an option for you at Chicago's bes Mexican restaurants, taco joints, dive bars and cocktail lounges. Choose from simple or fancy, plain or bizarre, by the glass or in a pitcher—our list includes a little bit of everything.
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