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Margarita, Por Favor!

The minute Atlanta gets hot, we start listing our favorite margaritas around town. Nothing beats the refreshing taste of a frozen tequila treat on a summer day—frozen or iced, sweet or sour, salt or no salt, Southerners take it anyway it comes.

Classic margarita

Jalisco Mexican Restaurant
For all of the South of the Border joints that fade in and out, this longtime local fave remains. Holding the same Peachtree Battle address for 35 years (who’s counting?). Jalisco’s addictive white queso dip and authentic fresh salsa pale in comparison to the margaritas that have a cult following. 2337 Peacthree Road NE, 404.233.9244

Noche
When you need a change from the classic lime margarita, try another flavor at Noche. Sip on mango, strawberry or prickly pear. Pair one with some Noche Nachos and start the fiesta. 1000 Virginia Ave., 404.815.9155, h2sr.com

No Mas! Cantina
A pitcher of No Mas! Cantina’s coconut, guava or passion fruit margaritas, either on the rocks or frozen—done. With over twenty kinds of tequila on offer, No Mas! in Castleberry Hill will find something that suits your ‘buds. 180 Walker St. SW, 404.574.5678, nomascantina.com

Nuevo Laredo Cantina
Tucked away on the Westside since 1982, this award-winning hole-in-the wall doesn’t need gimmicks to keep customers coming back for more. Margaritas here take the edge off the summer heat and you’ll want to drink at least a few on the small patio before grabbing a table (read: go early, or expect to wait!) 1495 Chattahoochee Ave., 404.352.9009, nuevolaredocantina.com

Escorpión
With Riccardo Ullio at the helm, you know the margarita is going to be as authentic and indigenous to Mexico as possible. What’s better than a margarita on a Monday? $5 margaritas on a Monday! 800 Peachtree St. NE, 678.666.5198, urestaurants.com