In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo, is more ceremonial and commemorates Mexico’s surprising victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In the US, the holiday is more festive and a great excuse to drink margaritas and toast “¡Salud!”
We asked globetrotting Virtuoso travel advisors for their favorite hotel margaritas.
1) NIZUC Resort & Spa, Cancún, Mexico
“They serve the best mezcal margarita ever,” says Mexico-based advisor Jorge Escaroz.
TRY IT: Head to Bar A-Kan at the resort and order the Mexicalli Margarita: mezcal, lime juice, pomegranate-infused tequila, and triple sec. Or, ask about their mezcal varieties and create your own.
2) Enchantment Resort, Sedona, Arizona
Carol Brant, a Houston-based advisor, recommends the prickly pear margarita here. “It’s delicious,” she says. “I just had it last weekend!”
TRY IT: At View, the preferred spot for cocktails and small plates, prickly pear margaritas blend Maestro Dobel tequila, fresh lime, and prickly pear puree (say that five times quickly after the second round).
3) Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica, California
“My favorite is the citrus-basil margarita at Coast, inside Shutters on the beach,” says Claudia A. Fernandez-Davila, an advisor based in L.A. “They have Margarita Mondays, and it’s a great place to watch the sunset and spot celebrities.”
TRY IT: At Coast, the hotel’s beachfront café and bar, order the Citrus Basil margarita, with Casa Amigos tequila, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and basil leaves.
4) Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Plano, Texas-based advisor Melissa McKinley loves the customizable margaritas at Rosewood San Miguel de Allende. At the resort’s 1826 Tequila Bar, get your personalized version from more than 120 tequilas and 20 mezcals. “During my last visit, we worked with the tequila sommelier to create several really unique blends with herbs like lemongrass and of course, peppers,” says McKinley. “Sample a few tequilas and work with fresh, local herbs to handcraft your own recipe.”
TRY IT: Head to 1826 Tequila Bar (across from 1826 Restaurant), ask for the tequila sommelier, and get to crafting.
5) Hotel Granduca, Houston, Texas
For a twist on the classic margarita, Jen Berg Ogilvie, a Houston-based advisor, recommends the La Veranda cocktail. “It’s a delicious cross between a margarita, a hint of Paloma, and very subtle vanilla-cinnamon heaven,” she says. “Sip one on the hotel’s beautiful Tuscan-style patio with the lit pool and romantic lighting for a sophisticated Cinco de Mayo.”
TRY IT: At Bar Malatesta, order the La Veranda – Avión tequila, vanilla-cinnamon syrup, grapefruit juice, and lime juice.
Top photo courtesy of NIZUC Resort & Spa.