Let’s start with the whole enchilada: a classic Margarita in the bustling Mexican cantina that is Tres a Cinco, Movida’s Hosier Lane neighbour. What started as a Covid takeaway business for Mexican chef Sarai Castillo is now a celebration of Central American culture, and there's a full list of Margaritas to choose from. The classic is simply Cazadores Blanco tequila, triple sec and lime, but you can get adventurous with other options using mezcal, chilli or even manzana (apple). If you really want to take things up a notch, go for the Del Sur Margarita (which is really more of a Mezcalita). Along with mezcal, tamarind and lime, the drink contains Alma Tepec. This luxe smoky-spicy addition is the first Mexican ancestral chilli liqueur handmade from smoke-dried Pasilla Mixe chillis, which are grown in the remote mountain region of Oaxaca, Sierra Mixe.
A good Margarita is like summer in a glass – refreshing, tart and the perfect balance of sweet and sour – and with the unpredictable Melbourne weather, summer in a glass may be the only one we get. The perfect Margarita can be a simple three-ingredient classic or it can be twisted with anything from chilli to mandarin. Unsurprisingly, many of Melbourne’s best Mexican restaurants know the way around a great Marg but so do many of the city’s best cocktail bars. We have rounded up a selection of Melbourne’s finest, so get drinking!