K Pasa’s classic margarita with a salt rim
When life gives you limes, make a margarita. Here are the best places to down the delicioso drink.
A little birdie in the tree said something very true to us—Blue Parrot makes a mean margarita. Since the season calls for some extra of the beloved cocktail, this restaurant is only open to indulge and imbibe at for the summer. Whether classic or frozen, the Dirty Bird margarita leaves its drinkers wanting more with its fruity and flavorful nature. The spicy watermelon and Cadillac are also stellar ordering calls—how about trying them all? 33A Main St., East Hampton, blueparroteasthampton.com
Sip on Casamigos tequila at Blue Parrot
Coche Comedor is an East End celebrity hot spot for a multitude of reasons—its killer Mexican food and electric atmosphere are an indication of yet another successful dining endeavor from Honest Management. The “soup of the day” at this eatery is tequila—five different margarita choices—Christmas in Mexico, Smoke & Embers, añejo, on the rocks and frozen—ensure a fiery fiesta. 74A Montauk Highway, Amagansett, cochecomedor.com
Smoke & Embers cocktail from Coche Comedor.
New is undeniably always better, and the Hamptons latest and greatest Latin American-inspired gem, Crash Cantina, specializes in the most quintessential components of the cuisine: mezcal, tacos, ceviche, bowls and more. The only thing better than admiring the spot’s breathtaking views of Shinnecock Bay is doing so with a margarita in hand. With a homemade margarita menu with mango, passion fruit, tamarind, pineapple and hibiscus, it is difficult not to indulge. 32 Lighthouse Road, Hampton Bays, crashcantina.com
All day every day, K Pasa whips up taco and tequila concoctions for a Mex-cellent meal in the heart of Sag Harbor. The restaurant’s killer menu is something to taco-bout, with hearty options ranging from asado chicken to Baja fish. No meat, no problem—vegetarians can enjoy halloumi and black bean falafel. Good things come in threes, especially when it comes to margaritas—the Pasa-rita, spicy rita and coco rita each blend unique flavors to create a strong yet satisfying drink. 2 Main St., Sag Harbor, 1-800-taco.com
With its specialty in its name Margarita Grille is truly a master in the craft of the drink. Its laid-back yet lively atmosphere makes it a Westhampton Beach destination, where fun menu items like red, white and blue tacos can be paired with any of its 11 margarita variations. With gimlets that watch your waistline, like the Patron Skinny, it is far too easy to treat yourself to this delicacy. 83 Main St., Westhampton Beach, themargaritagrille.com
Nestled in the Springs of East Hampton is Rita Cantina, a modern Mexican experience that entered the Hamptons scene during the summer of 2021. In addition to its delectable plates from fluke ceviche to Oaxacan fried chicken, its stellar drink setup can be best enjoyed under the restaurant's canopy of vintage yellow umbrellas. Bigger is always better when it comes to margs—plenty of flavor options satisfy all desired tastes, whether it be pineapple, mango or passion fruit. 28 Maidstone Park Road, East Hampton, ritacantinahamptons.com
Rita Cantina’s watermelon margarita, cucumber margarita and pineapple margarita
From Manhattan to Montauk, Sel Rrose’s prowess lies in serving the ultimate pour. While the restaurant’s oyster and raw bar game is undeniably strong, its rendition of the classic margarita is one worth ordering. The East End watering hole’s take on the salty sip, the margarita pamplemousse, fuses Altos tequila, Combier Pamplemousse, Amargo-Vallet, lime and agave—this cocktail is certainly worth a shot. 4 S. Elmwood Ave., Montauk, selrrose.com
Union Sushi & Steak knows there is no combination more lethal than a Union Sushi roll, a medium-rare ribeye steak and of course, to wash it all down, a margarita. As the brainchild of hospitality wizards Ian Duke and partner David Hilty, this high-energy, modern hot spot strategically infuses bold flavor into each of its eclectic menu items. Its take on the classic cocktail blends Casamigos mezcal, prickly pear puree, Cointreau and fresh lime—what could be a better refresher during summer? 40 Bowden Square, Southampton, dineatunion.com
Photography by: K PASA PHOTO COURTESY OF BRAND; COCHE COMEDOR PHOTO BY ANTHONY CAUSI; RITA CANTINA PHOTO BY ERIC STRIFFLER PHOTOGRAPHY; BLUE PARROT PHOTO BY KATCHI PRITCHET AND MICHA BENNETT