La Condesa’s classic margarita has been named the best in Austin, Texas many times since opening in 2010. (Photo/Courtesy La Condesa)

Weekend Cocktail: Austin’s best margarita

Heading out for tacos in Austin is the equivalent of checking out the latest burger place anywhere else in the country: joints serving up tacos – grilled, soft, made with carnitas, barbacoa or succulent veggies – are everywhere. And with tacos, naturally, one naturally craves a cold margarita shaken just right – and locals all agree that the best margaritas in Austin, Texas can be found at La Condesa.

La Condesa's classic margarita.

La Condesa’s classic margarita.

Voted the “Best Margarita” by several food-centric publications, including Eater Austin, La Condesa’s classic margarita is made with El Jimador Blanco tequila – the best-selling tequila in Mexico – and is blended with orange liqueur, sweet agave nectar and plenty of lime juice. The cocktail seems simple, but with its subtle sweetness and bright flavor, definitely takes culinary direction from Chef Rene Ortiz, whose innovative, upscale Mexican food has earned him James Beard Foundation nominations for both “Best Chef” (2013) and “Best New Restaurant.” (2010).

So when it comes to happy hour, La Condesa is the place to be with the largest inventory of tequilas in the city and a fresh, modern cocktail menu crafted by bar manager Nate Wales (who by the way, is a Austin Cocktail Throwdown competition champion). As the music portion of SXSW continues on a high note this weekend, you can bet that the crowds will make their way to La Condesa between concerts, clamoring for cold margaritas. But if you can’t make what’s sure to be a great bar scene, here’s their award-winning margarita recipe to try at home: simple, but absolutely perfect.

La Condesa is located at 400-A W 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

La Clasica Margarita

(recipe by Junior Merino)

1.5oz El Jimador Blanco

.75oz Patron Citronage Orange Liqueur

1.25oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

.5oz Organic Agave Nectar

.5oz Filtered Water

Preparation: combine ingredients over ice. Shake hard and pour into a rocks glass rimmed with a salt garnish (La Condesa uses a secret house blend) with a thin slice of lime. Serves one.

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