Hillary Eaton

Originally appeared on LA Confidential

Unique Margaritas to Spice Up Your Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is almost here, and there’s nothing better to toast the holiday with than a refreshing margarita. This year, forgo the usual tequila, triple sec, and lime juice, and sip on one of these unique ‘ritas instead.

Spicy Mango Tree Margarita at Hotel Erwin’s High Rooftop Lounge

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Sip the Spicy Mango Tree Margarita while you enjoy High’s unparalleled views.

High’s riff on the usual festive drink is perfect if you want to bypass something sweet. Their Spicy Mango Tree Margarita blends mango, fresh lime, and a hint of jalapeno for a well-balanced cocktail that’s nicely complemented by High’s ocean views. We suggest sipping it at sunset. 1697 Pacific Ave., Venice Beach, 424-214-1050

The Benjamin Margarita at Red O

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The master of all margaritas, Red O’s The Benjamin.

Get loco this Cinco de Mayo with Rick Bayless’ The Benjamin at Red O. The cocktail starts with Gran Patron Burdeos, Partida Elegante, El Tesoro Paradiso, Grand Marnier 150 Anniversary, and Remy Martin Louis XIII, gets poured over fresh lime sorbet ice spheres, and is garnished with blood orange caviar and a kosher golden salt rim for a finishing touch. Plus, it’s served on a silver platter with a stainless steel straw. 8155 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, 323-655-5009

Avocado and Rhubarb Margaritas at Bar Amá

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Bar Amá’s avocado and rhubarb margaritas.

Bar Amá is taking Cinco de Mayo margaritas for a nontraditional spin by adding avocados. If the green ingredient isn’t your thing, they’ve got another unique flavor—rhubarb. 118 W. Fourth St., Los Angeles, 213-687-8002

Spicy Cucumber Margarita at Mercado

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Mercado’s Spicy Cucumber Margarita boasts a smoky chipotle rim. 

Mercado’s Spicy Cucumber Margarita is ideal for drinkers seeking something with a little heat. But, with a refreshing mix of silver tequila, fresh jalapeno puree, crisp cucumber juice, and a smoky chipotle rim, this margarita stays on the right side of spicy. 1416 Fourth St., Santa Monica, 310-526-7121

The Beetarita at Tortilla Republic

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The Beetarita sitting pretty at Tortilla Republic

Beets and tequila? Tortilla Republic’s Beetarita is a deliciously earthy margarita, perfect for cocktail enthusiasts and veggie lovers alike. The libation comes chock full of fresh ginger, beet puree, El Jimador reposado tequila, and agave, served on the rocks. And, if that’s not enough to draw you to the WeHo resto, Tortilla Republic will host a Cinco de Mayo block party this Sunday, May 4 (2-10 p.m.) featuring live music, Mexican small plates, and a VIP suite. Part of the proceeds will be put toward Alive Music Project and Project Angel Food; purchase tickets on tortillarepublic.com616 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-657-9888