Address: 215 Losoya St., San Antonio, TX 78205 (map)
Type of Margarita Tasted: House Margarita and Top Shelf
Ingredients Listed on Menu: Top Shelf - Don Julio tequila and Grand Marnier
Review: If you are wondering why there is a picture of water next to this review, you are mistaken. The glass actually contains fresh squeezed limes, tequila and Grand Marnier. The effort was there, bartenders hand squeezing limes and adding simple syrup to balance out the tartness, but the execution was way off. Both margaritas tasted like sugar water and were missing a crucial component, lime flavor. After hearing so many positive stories about their margaritas, we find it hard to believe that this is what they serve on a consistent basis. Maybe they had a batch of bad limes or missed the glass when pouring in the lime juice? A future second round of samplings may be required.
Address: 4820 Sanger Rd, Waco, TX 76710 (map)
Type of Margarita Tasted: House margarita on the rocks
Ingredients Listed on Menu: 1800 tequila
Review: On our once a year journey to Waco for the Margarita and Salsa Festival we always find ourselves sampling a new restaurant margarita to see what this city has to offer. This year, we stopped at Casa De Castillo for one of their house margaritas with 1800 tequila. The version presented is average for what you will find in a majority of Mexican restaurants, moderate sweetness from their preferred margarita mix with a hint of the tequila flavor sneaking through. We found it high on the drinkability scale in that it did not leave a syrupy after taste from the mix.
Address: 9799 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77024 (map)
Type of Margarita Tasted: Don Julio Especial and Mango Tango
Ingredients Listed on Menu: Don Julio Especial - Don Julio Anjeo tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice and a splash of orange juice; Mango Tango - Frozen margarita with "ripened juicey mangos"
Review: This was our first visit to Guadalajara Hacienda in Houston. We ended up sampling two margaritas that night and felt the Mango Tango was the superior drink. Their version was even tastier than the mango margarita recipe we made last Cinco De Mayo, which was especially pleasing. The Don Julio Especial looked delicious from the ingredient list on the menu, even though we are not huge fans of orange juice in a margarita. After the first taste, we knew the OJ turned a potentially magnificent drink into a tart unbalanced top shelf rita.
Address: 2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003 (map)
Type of Margarita Tasted: Blackberry margarita, Fresh California Cherry Margarita and The Perfect Margarita
Ingredients Listed on Menu: Blackberry Margarita - Patron Silver, Citronage Liqueur and fresh lime juice; Fresh California Cherry Margarita - Patron Tequila "muddled with fresh bing cherries"; The Perfect Margarita - Patron Silver, Citronage Liqueur and fresh lime juice
Review: During the month of July, the Original Ninfa's on Navigation is featuring a Bing Cherry Margarita which peeked our interest of this location. We were pleased to see that a 100% de agave tequila was standard for all three variations sampled. Some restaurants will use a cheaper mixto tequila in "specials", forcing you to make a pricier substitution. While other fruit based margaritas can be exceedingly sweet, the perfect pour of tequila in our drinks produced the perfect meld of flavors. The occasional clogged straw did not deter us from ordering another. We were informed that the restaurant is focusing heavily on their margarita offerings and can't wait to see and consume what hits the menu next.
Address: 15703 Longenbaugh St, Houston, TX 77095 (map)
Type of Margarita Tasted: House margarita on the rocks & Don Eduardo silver + Grand Marnier margarita on the rocks and frozen
Ingredients Listed on Menu: none
Review: Our most recent margarita tasting brought us to Romero's Las Brasas, a restaurant and tequila bar in Northwest Houston. While seated at the bar, we were treated to a tasting of a few blanco tequilas including Don Eduardo silver, Jose Cuervo Platino and Antigua Cruz silver. After settling on the Don Eduardo, our bartender mixed up our margarita using an unlabeled pre-made mix. The agave flavor of the tequila came through and paired nicely with the fresh lime taste. Unlike its souped up cousin, the house margarita lacked these qualities and came out more on the sweeter side.
Address: 124 S. Business IH 35, New Braunfels, TX 77429 (map)
Type of Margarita Tasted: Adobe Cafe Rita on the rocks and Dos Lunas silver, Grand Marnier sweet and sour and fresh squeezed lime on the rocks
Ingredients Listed on Menu: none
Review: After reading numerous reports of the quality of Adobe Cafe's margarita we had to make our way there for a sample. The bartender did an amazing job of blending fresh squeezed limes, 100% blue agave tequila and the other complement of ingredients which turned out to be one fine drink. This margarita was exceptionally smooth and left us craving another. The Adobe Cafe Rita was a delicious house margarita with a touch of sweetness. We didn't catch the brand of tequila used in this version but based on the taste, it didn't matter.