Where to Drink Excellent Margaritas in the Texas Hill Country

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Where to Drink Excellent Margaritas in the Dripping Springs Area

Where to drink excellent margaritas in Dripping Springs, TX

Whether on the rocks, frozen, or swirled with fruit, margaritas just might be Dripping Springs’ favorite cocktail. This classic combination of lime juice, salt, tequila, is perfect on its own, yet somehow more interesting when earthy sotol, fresh fruit purees, and inventive garnishes are added into the mix.

Everyone’s got their own preferences when it comes to this classic cocktail, from the simplest of drinks to fancy, fruit-forward creations. Let this map of excellent Dripping Springs margarita options serve as a guide to one of the area’s most popular cocktails.

Flores Mexican Restaurants have been Tex-Mex staples in the Austin area for decades. Head to the Dripping Springs location to try La FLor – the Flores family's famous hand-shaken margarita! It’s made with 100% agave Cazadores Blanco, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, a splash of OJ, and sweet & sour. Try the Florita, the same tasty margarita, just frozen!

Photo: Flores Mexican Restaurant

A woman holding a sampler of frozen drinks.
Photo: Hays City Store 

Head to Hays City Store, one of the area’s most favorite restaurants to try one of their many margs on the menu. If you’re having trouble choosing one of their many delicious fruit-infused margaritas like the cucumber jalapeno, order the Margarita sampler. The sampler comes with four different kinds of margaritas and is the best way to try of few of their most popular concoctions. The sampler is best enjoyed outside on the patio where you can listen to live music most days of the week!

Route 12 has mastered the art of the classic margarita. On the rocks or frozen, theirs is the kind of margarita that's equal parts easy to drink and addictive. And if you happen to be at Route 12 for Sunday Brunch, order the bruncharita, a delicious combo of frozen margarita and OJ.

Head to this recently-opened restaurant located close to historic downtown Dripping Springs. The menu features several margaritas that won’t totally break the budget. Try the spicy margarita, or a classic house, either rocks or frozen, or add a strawberry swirl.


A pink colored cocktails on a wooden stool
Photo: Desert Door 

Want to sip on a margarita at the #1 craft distillery in America? Then a visit to Desert Door is a must and the cocktail of choice is the River Rita. The sweet citrusy and herbal flavor of sotol is reminiscent of a desert gin crossed with a smooth sipping tequila. The River Rita is mixed with the earthy, herbaceous sotol, lime juice, pomegranate and pineapple, and agave nectar. It’s impossible to have just one.

El Rey isn’t going to win any awards for creativity, but they’re perfectly balanced and the tequila is generously poured. Order up the crowd favorite, the Donna, but watch out, this margarita packs a boozy punch! Their hefty margs pair perfectly well with the traditional Mexican fare you can find at this Dripping Springs staple.

With a handful of margaritas on the menu, it’s going to be tough to just choose one (or even two) at RoadRunners Kitchen & Spirits. Definitely order the Freya's Rita which is mixed with Hornito's Reposado Tequila, blood orange liqueur, lime, orange, strawberry, agave, and limeade.

Another, Texas-Mex institution in the Dripping Springs area, Verde’s takes a more contemporary approach to their menu. You’ll find over ten margs on their cocktail menu featuring a house frozen margarita with a sangria swirl, or try the ancho rita that’s mixed with Ancho Reyes.

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