Livin' La Vida Margarita

Dallas, Carrollton

The margarita has long been tied to Mexican culture since its invention in 1942, but the modern frozen version of the tequila classic can easily be traced to Dallas. Mariano Martinez came up with the idea 50 years ago after popping by a 7-Eleven and seeing a Slurpee machine make a consistently cold and perfectly mixed drink at the pull of a lever. It was the best solution to the mixology required to whip up good margaritas every single time—and mankind never looked back. Half a century later, we revisit the home of the frozen margarita and chill with the new honchos who are killin’ the game in Dallas!

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Marianos Hacienda Ranch

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Dallas, United States • Recommendation • 

Before we introduce you to the young ’uns, we have to pay respects to the OG. Although the original machine is now on display in the Smithsonian, Mariano’s Hacienda Ranch still serves up tasty glasses of frozen margarita in traditional flavors along with a few new ones like jalapeño for that irresistible hot and cold sensation.

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Velvet Taco

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Carrollton, United States • Recommendation • 

Find out how “Kick Ass Margaritas” live up to their name at Velvet Taco. Strong, affordable, and hits all the right notes, best paired with tacos in flavors such as Nashville Chicken, Kobe Bacon Burger, and Cuban Pig. That’s one hell of a 1-2 knockout!

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Pakpao Thai Food - Design District

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Dallas, United States • Recommendation • 

Pad thai and margaritas, quite an unexpected pair, but Pakpao Thai’s ingenious take on the drink really makes it work. The Pakpao Chula Rita, a lemongrass-infused margarita, eases you in with a familiar Tex-Mex feel before giving off a lemon-gingery taste common in your favorite Thai food.

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Taqueria La Ventana

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Dallas, United States • Recommendation • 

For nights you want to remember to forget, hit up Taqueria La Ventana. Consider it your go-to for slugging out drink after drink without worrying about your wallet, especially during $3.50 Happy Hour. Let loose and enjoy Dallas!

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MUTTS Canine Cantina - Dallas

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Dallas, United States • Recommendation • 

When you find yourself in the very peculiar situation where you don’t have any drinking buddies other than your dog, the perfect spot exists: Mutts! The Barkarita is a 100% Agave tequila, a citrus explosion topped off with a sangria popsicle. Your best bud can get in on the action with a puppy safe pupsicle made of frozen peanut butter and beef broth.

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Miriam Cocina Latina

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Dallas, United States • Recommendation • 

Enjoy a margarita in any scene you like, be it out on a street-side patio, in the heart of a cool dining room, or literally anywhere you like. With Miriam Cocina Latina’s Cocktail Kits To Go, you can take your margs with you wherever the wind takes you. They’ve got 11 different flavors, each serving up to four people, to make sure the party never stops!

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