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Brace For Cinco de Mayo With These 12 Awesome Margaritas

As Cinco de Mayo (and warm weather) approaches, check these places out for tequila refreshment.

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Cinco de Mayo may not be until next week, but you'd best believe there will be celebrating this weekend, since May 5 lands on a Tuesday this year. In a town with so many great cocktails, it's surprising how often the classic margarita gets overlooked. Here are a few places in New Orleans to enjoy the traditional tequila cocktail. (And in many cases, with some creative spins.)

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Arana will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo all week long with Tequila Week. From May 4-8, starting at 3pm, check out the samples available and, Arana hopes, sign up for their Tequila Society. Tequila is serious business, and they have the agave spirit selection and the margarita variations to prove it. Try a hibiscus, guava or herbsaint marg and enjoy. (photo courtesy of Araña's Facebook page)

Johnny Sánchez NOLA

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This CBD newcomer has an entire cocktail menu built around Mexican flavors, so finding the traditional Margarita de la Casa alongside grapefruit jalepeno version is no surprise. Happy Hour bonus: a pitcher of the Margarita de la Casa is half price Sun-Fri, 3-6 pm. Bring a friend though. Or eat a lot of the happy hour $5 street tacos. (photo courtesy of Johnny Sánchez's Facebook page)

El Gato Negro

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El Gato Negro, currently in the Quarter near the French Market and in Lakeview with a third location going in the Warehouse District takes its tequila seriously, with flights and tastings, and all that. They also take making a kickass margarita seriously, with traditional versions alongside their signature Pineapple Cilantro and Carrot Lime variations. (photo courtesy of El Gato Negro's Facebook page)

Felipe's Taqueria

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All four locations will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with plenty of margarita action. Uptown will have a patio bar and taco truck, and Mid City will have live music from 6-9 pm. There will also be info on how to donate to local non profits for Give NOLA Day, which is also on May 5. So if you get drunk and spend too much, at least it's for a good cause. (photo courtesy of Felipe's Facebook page)

Juan's Flying Burrito

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Juab's is slamming every night of the year, so Cinco de Mayo should be no different. Also available every day and night of the year, their variety of margs. From classic to supersized to fruity to frozen, if you're not getting your margarita on here, you ain't doing it right. Try the cooling cucumber, or treat yo'self to a Cadillac. (photo courtesy of Juan's Flying Burrito's Facebook page)

Del Fuego Taqueria

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Settle in on the patio overlooking Magazine Street, or the one in the back, and enjoy margaritas the way they were meant to be. Get 'em cheap at happy hour, savor them with your meal, but when you really need that margarita itch scratched, this is the place to be. (photo courtesy of Del Fuego Taqueria's Facebook page)

The Velvet Cactus

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Not only is this Lakeview restaurant throwing a party with live music (Bag Of Donuts) on the 5th, it's also cutting loose and celebrating on Friday (Marc Broussard) and Saturday (Chee Weez) nights as well. In addition, their summer marg menu is out featuring cooling combos like Watermelon Mint, Blood Orange Mango, and Strawberry Jalapeno. (photo courtesy of The Velvet Cactus's Facebook page)

Casa Borrega

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Check out the margaritas, other tequila cocktails, whole roast pig and live music starting at 5pm for Casa Borrega's annual Cinco de Mayo street party. (photo courtesy of Casa Borrega's Facebook page)

Maïs Arepas

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Not a Mexican joint for sure, but Mais Arepas makes killer margs on their regular menu with seasonal fresh fruit. (photo courtesy of Mais Arepas' Facebook page)
While best known for their mojitos, Mayas does serve up a "Phenomenal" organic margarita all year round, and will also be holding a "Cinco de Mayas" party on the 5th, starting at 4pm, featuring $6 Hornitos Margs and $4 Hornitos shots. (photo courtesy of Maya's Facebook page)

Superior Grill

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Every year, Superior Grill closes down the street to hold its Cinco de Mayo block party, which promises to be margarita-tastic.(photo courtesy of Superior Grill's Facebook page)

Mizado Cocina

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Mizado's lethal margs are worth a stop every day of the year, not just the 5th of May. Their awesome happy hour includes a classic margarita every weekday (M-F, 3-6) and features $3 frozen margs every Friday afternoon. For the adventurous, try the Chipotle Sunrise with raspberries and St. Germain, the Wabbit Smash with carrot and ginger, or the Cucumber Jalapeno. (photo courtesy of Mizado Cocina's Facebook page)

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Arana will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo all week long with Tequila Week. From May 4-8, starting at 3pm, check out the samples available and, Arana hopes, sign up for their Tequila Society. Tequila is serious business, and they have the agave spirit selection and the margarita variations to prove it. Try a hibiscus, guava or herbsaint marg and enjoy. (photo courtesy of Araña's Facebook page)

Johnny Sánchez NOLA

This CBD newcomer has an entire cocktail menu built around Mexican flavors, so finding the traditional Margarita de la Casa alongside grapefruit jalepeno version is no surprise. Happy Hour bonus: a pitcher of the Margarita de la Casa is half price Sun-Fri, 3-6 pm. Bring a friend though. Or eat a lot of the happy hour $5 street tacos. (photo courtesy of Johnny Sánchez's Facebook page)

El Gato Negro

El Gato Negro, currently in the Quarter near the French Market and in Lakeview with a third location going in the Warehouse District takes its tequila seriously, with flights and tastings, and all that. They also take making a kickass margarita seriously, with traditional versions alongside their signature Pineapple Cilantro and Carrot Lime variations. (photo courtesy of El Gato Negro's Facebook page)

Felipe's Taqueria

All four locations will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with plenty of margarita action. Uptown will have a patio bar and taco truck, and Mid City will have live music from 6-9 pm. There will also be info on how to donate to local non profits for Give NOLA Day, which is also on May 5. So if you get drunk and spend too much, at least it's for a good cause. (photo courtesy of Felipe's Facebook page)

Juan's Flying Burrito

Juab's is slamming every night of the year, so Cinco de Mayo should be no different. Also available every day and night of the year, their variety of margs. From classic to supersized to fruity to frozen, if you're not getting your margarita on here, you ain't doing it right. Try the cooling cucumber, or treat yo'self to a Cadillac. (photo courtesy of Juan's Flying Burrito's Facebook page)

Del Fuego Taqueria

Settle in on the patio overlooking Magazine Street, or the one in the back, and enjoy margaritas the way they were meant to be. Get 'em cheap at happy hour, savor them with your meal, but when you really need that margarita itch scratched, this is the place to be. (photo courtesy of Del Fuego Taqueria's Facebook page)

The Velvet Cactus

Not only is this Lakeview restaurant throwing a party with live music (Bag Of Donuts) on the 5th, it's also cutting loose and celebrating on Friday (Marc Broussard) and Saturday (Chee Weez) nights as well. In addition, their summer marg menu is out featuring cooling combos like Watermelon Mint, Blood Orange Mango, and Strawberry Jalapeno. (photo courtesy of The Velvet Cactus's Facebook page)

Casa Borrega

Check out the margaritas, other tequila cocktails, whole roast pig and live music starting at 5pm for Casa Borrega's annual Cinco de Mayo street party. (photo courtesy of Casa Borrega's Facebook page)

Maïs Arepas

Not a Mexican joint for sure, but Mais Arepas makes killer margs on their regular menu with seasonal fresh fruit. (photo courtesy of Mais Arepas' Facebook page)

Mayas

While best known for their mojitos, Mayas does serve up a "Phenomenal" organic margarita all year round, and will also be holding a "Cinco de Mayas" party on the 5th, starting at 4pm, featuring $6 Hornitos Margs and $4 Hornitos shots. (photo courtesy of Maya's Facebook page)

Superior Grill

Every year, Superior Grill closes down the street to hold its Cinco de Mayo block party, which promises to be margarita-tastic.(photo courtesy of Superior Grill's Facebook page)

Mizado Cocina

Mizado's lethal margs are worth a stop every day of the year, not just the 5th of May. Their awesome happy hour includes a classic margarita every weekday (M-F, 3-6) and features $3 frozen margs every Friday afternoon. For the adventurous, try the Chipotle Sunrise with raspberries and St. Germain, the Wabbit Smash with carrot and ginger, or the Cucumber Jalapeno. (photo courtesy of Mizado Cocina's Facebook page)

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