State Street Eating House Sarasota

You could celebrate Cinco de Mayo without margaritas, we guess, but we're not sure why you'd want to. To find Sarasota's best version of the tangy, tequila-laced drink, we asked our Facebook fans to nominate their favorites, then our lucky judges—The HuB's Joey Panek and Christine Alexander, New College writer-in-residence Adam Davies and our web editor Megan McDonald—sipped the finalists and declared the winners.

Best Overall: State Street Eating House

Tequila that's barrel-aged in-house, fresh lime juice, Bauchant orange liqueur, a secret simple syrup recipe and fancy peach salt from Australia: Andale!

Best Presentation: Jack Dusty at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Reddish-hued Italian liqueur Casoni makes this one pretty in pink—and lovely to drink.

Best Variety: Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant

You'll find 10—yes, 10!—margarita options at Mi Pueblo, from one with orange and cranberry juices to one with mint leaves and even one with powdered sugar.

Best Atmosphere: Old Salty Dog on City Island

Blue skies, sunshine, a salty breeze—we'd be hard-pressed to find a better place in Sarasota to kick back. And the Grand Marnier floater on this 'rita only adds to the bliss.

And click below to watch a video documenting the day of--and the day after--our tasting.


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