Casa Rio – San Antonio
Address: 430 East Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Type of Margarita Tasted: Reposado margarita
Review: According to their website, Casa Rio was the first San Antonio business to open it’s doors to the river and take advantage it’s setting. We visited on a busy night and were seated outdoors right on the Riverwalk. A cold front was coming through at the time which is why you see a shot of Patron in the picture to the left of the margarita. If you didn’t know, tequila can warm you up quick when in shot form. At first sip of the resposado margarita, there was an initial blast of equal parts lime and tequila. The cocktail was slightly sour with enough sweetness popping through to provide adequate balance. Casa Rio serves an above average margarita and we recommend trying what they have to offer for yourself. Though. try eating inside when Texas experiences lower than usual temperatures. They do have several tequilas to choose from if your jacket doesn’t warm you up enough.
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Address: 124 E Worth St, Grapevine, TX 76051
Type of Margarita Tasted: Don Julio Reposado and Grand Marnier
Review: We have visited numerous restaurants throughout Texas reviewing margaritas but have never posted one from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano in Grapevine becomes the first from this region of the Lone Star State . On this visit, we specifically requested a margarita made with Don Julio Reposado and Grand Marnier in lieu of going straight to their house margarita. You will almost always get a better quality tequila and orange liqueur if you order a specialty margarita than what the restaurant is offering as their house cocktail. This version had a medium consistency almost leaning more towards thin. The flavor had a decent ratio of lime to tequila but there was a lingering sweetness that threw off the overall balance. While the sugar presence was definitely not cloying, we would have preferred that part of the margarita to be toned down just a tad. Overall the drink was refreshing and a slightly above average margarita.
Esparza's Restaurante Mexicano
Address: 2600 Travis St., Houston, TX 77006
Type of Margarita Tasted: Ancho chili margarita
Review: Reef is probably known more for their food than margaritas but if they pay that much attention to their food menu, the drinks most be good, right? After seeing they offer an ancho chili margarita, we had to have a sample. At the moment, it’s hard for us to pass up ordering a spicy margarita of any kind from a restaurant or bar drink menu. The heat of the pepper or chili used tends to pair perfectly with the flavors of tequila. This version was spot on. It was definitely not one of the spiciest drinks we have had which should make it appealing to a larger audience. We were able to taste the tequila which did not overpower the drink and the fresh lime rounded out the drink. Overall a solid cocktail which we would not hesitate to order another.