Best of the Best Margarita Recipes + SF’s Best Margaritas

While Cinco de Mayo has nothing to do with drinking and margaritas, it somehow has become the thing to do. So in honor of Cinco de Mayo and drinking (which please do responsibly) I am sharing with you the best margaritas recipes + San Francisco’s Best Margaritas (if making one doesn’t go so well or you just get lazy). 

Agave Margarita
Serves 1
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  1. 2 ounces or 1/4 cup blanco tequila
  2. 1 ounce or 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  3. 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  4. Ice, as needed
  5. Lime wedge, for garnish
  1. In a shaker, combine the tequila, lime juice, agave syrup, and ice. Shake to combine the ingredients. Strain the mixture into a glass, garnish with lime and enjoy.
Lavendar Margarita
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  1. 2 oz. silver tequila
  2. 1/2 oz. Cointreau
  3. 1 oz. lavender simple syrup
  4. 1/2 lime
  5. sugar
  6. dried lavender
  1. In a shaker, combine 2 oz. silver tequila, 1/2 oz. Cointreau, 1 oz. simple syrup and the juice of half a lime and let sit.
  2. On a plate, mix the sugar and dried lavender and use it to rim the outside of a rocks glass.
  3. Fill the glass with ice. Shake and strain the contents of the strainer into the glass.

Spicy Margarita
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  1. Ice
  2. 1 1/2 oz. Sauza Hornitos tequila
  3. Spicy tequila (to taste)
  4. 1 oz. Grand Marnier
  5. 1 1/4 oz. sweet and sour mix
  6. Paprika
  7. Salt
  8. Sime powder
  9. Serrano pepper
  1. Begin by adding ice into a pint glass.
  2. Pour in an ounce and a half of Sauza Hornitos tequila.
  3. Add a splash of spicy tequila and an ounce of Grand Marnier.
  4. Add the sweet and sour mix, then shake.
  5. Rim the glass with the paprika, salt, and lime powder.
  6. Garnish with a slice of Serrano pepper.
If all fails or you just don’t want to make your own margarita check out these places in San Francisco for the best margaritas:


149 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 660-7701

Cala’s mezcal margarita (mezcal amaras, citrus cane syrup, lime, orange bitters) aren’t too smoky, which means you still get the kick and flavor in are looking for in a margarita.

El Techo

2518 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 550-6970

This rooftop is the place to be on a gorgeous sunny day in SF. Grab a group of friends and share a pitcher of margaritas and small plates. While the classic margarita is great, try an exciting margarita del techo (cabeza tequila, fidencio mezcal, napoleon mandarin, and lime). In a pitcher, of course. 


2200 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 926-5630

Whether you like your magaritas classic, sweet, or with a kick, Hecho has something for everyone, but the pinche picante margarita (jalapeño infused pueblo viejo blanco, aperol, fresh lime, agave, hellfire shrub) is the crowd pleaser.

La Urbana

661 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 440-4500

La Urbana’s violet flower margarita is the perfect complement to the restaurant’s sophisticated and colorful vibe. Don Julio Blanco, lime & orange blossom water, and violet flower liqueur are topped with rosé cava to create a cocktail described as “exotic and silky.” If this is all too confusing or fancy for you, they will fix you a simple margartia, fret never. 

Latin American Club

3286 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 647-2732

Welcome to the city’s strongest and most dangerous tequila cocktail. Warning: This drink is not for amateurs. 


974 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 643-5656

Not that anybody needs an excuse to visit this cute, colorful restaurant, but the fact that they serve up some of the best margaritas (choose from mezcal or tequila) in town gives you an excuse anyway.


2317 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 346-8494

They take their tequila and mezcal seriously at Mamacita, which means there are over 90 to choose from, but when it comes to the margaritas, you’ll only have to decide between tequila, mezcal, or our favorite, la nochduena, which is a tequila blanco margarita with lime, blood orange, and thyme.


1224 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 233-9966

With multiple locations, the patio at the Inner Sunset restaurant is the most favorite place for sipping a refreshing margarita on the rocks while snacking on fish tacos and the grilled cactus salad.


901 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 742-5505

Even if we’re having dinner in the dining room of this Cole Valley restaurant that serves elevated Mexican food, always start with a margarita in the bar next door. Can’t choose between tequila and mezcal? It’s all good because the padrecito (blanco tequila, mezcal, lime, agave) doesn’t make you.

Puerto Alegre

546 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 255-8201

Puerto Alegre is one of the first Mexican spots many San Franciscans go to when they turn 21 because it’s the perfect spot to share a couple of affordable pitchers with a group of friends. The good news is that the margaritas hold up even as you get older. Skip the frozen versions with strawberry and peach and go for the house version on the rocks. And be prepared for a wait.


2031 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 346-1966

Tacolicious started as a hot spot in the Marina, but has expanded to North Beach, Palo Alto, and is even finding success in the Mission. That’s in part because the menu is accessible to even the most novice eater, but also because pitchers of margaritas taste good from the first sip to the last drop. If you like spice, order the margarita picante with espolon blanco, lime, agave, and red chile shrub, though the margarita fresca with olmeca altos blanco, tangerine, thyme, agave, and lime is hard to resist on a warm afternoon.

The Taco Shop at Underdog’s

1824 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 566-8700

When we’re in the mood to watch sports and drink something other than beer, we head straight to this Outer Sunset taco shop where we can get tacos “Nick’s way” and the margaritas are fresh and hand squeezed and only cost a buck on Fridays between 6 and 6:30 p.m.

Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant

5929 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 387-4747

If you only drink one margarita from this list, make it a Tommy’s margarita. Not only does Tommy’s have what’s probably the most extensive and well-curated tequila selections in San Francisco, the bartenders have been making the city’s best margaritas for over 50 years. Choose from over 30 of their 100 percent agave tequilas for the standard margarita pitchers, all of which have 8 ounces of tequila and fresh, hand-squeezed lime juice.


130 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 227-0500

Don’t wait until a Giants game day to head to this lively cantina, with margaritas focused on highlighting the character of 100 percent blue agave tequila and limes imported from Mexico.

Velvet Cantina

3349 23rd St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 648-4142

The margaritas here are a bit more manageable and have tons of flavor thanks to the fact that they’re made with all-organic citrus juices (and a variety of tequilas). Fruity but delicious! 

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