Just in time for National Tequila Day, this is where you can find the best margaritas in Greater Palm Springs. Whether you’re a purist or looking for something a little different, we’ve got you covered!
Keep It Classic
Margaritas at Casuelas Cafe // from left: Pepino con Chile Margarita, Tamarindo Margarita, Cadillac Margarita
A traditional margarita is the perfect refreshing beverage to enjoy in the oasis. Start your margarita tour by visiting these Las Casuelas restaurant locations. The Original Las Casuelas in Palm Springs was established by the Delgado family in 1958. There are now multiple locations including downtown Palm Springs (Las Casuelas Terraza) and Rancho Mirage (Las Casuelas Nuevas) as well as Casuelas Cafe in Palm Desert. All have great patios for sipping margaritas in the sunshine!
You can get a great margarita at the two locations of El Mirasol (one on the south side of Palm Springs and one on the north side at Los Arboles Hotel). In particular, the patio at the Los Arboles location, which has lush fruit trees around the perimeter has a great vibe.
Adobe Grill at La Quinta Resort & Club
Margarita at Adobe Grill at La Quinta Resort & Club
Enjoying cocktails with friends? Each of the margaritas at Adobe Grill at La Quinta Resort & Club is available by the pitcher! Try the Margarita Del Rey, made with Casamigos Reposado, Cointreau Noir orange liqueur, lime and lemon juice. Bonus: there’s live music on the patio, Thursday through Sunday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Kaiser Grille Palm Desert
You’ve probably heard of the Cadillac margarita, but at Kaiser Grille in Palm Desert, you can experience the Pink Cadillac! This tasty concoction is made with tequila, triple sec, raspberry purée, raspberry liqueur, lemon and lime juice, with a Grand Marnier float.
Lulu California Bistro & Acqua California Bistro
House Margarita and La Pomerita at LULU California Bistro
Sister restaurants Lulu California Bistro in Palm Springs and Acqua California Bistro in Rancho Mirage offer seven refreshing margarita flavors on their menus. Try the House Margarita or the tasty La Pomerita (La Pinta pomegranate liqueur-infused tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime juice) for a refreshing experience.
Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa
Reserve a cabana at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Rancho Mirage. Their cabanas are complete with several amenities including flat-screen televisions, misters, ceiling fans and a mini-refrigerator. Enjoy margaritas in your private poolside oasis!
They make a mean skinny margarita at Holiday House in Palm Springs! Try it the original way, or ask for a spicy version with a tajín rim.
Margarita Flight at Tac/Quila
The Margarita Flight at Tac/Quila in Palm Springs is a must-try. It features mini sizes of their four specialty margaritas: kiwi mint, pineapple, watermelon and blackberry. The kiwi mint is a standout, made with blanco tequila, fresh kiwi juice, fresh lime juice, Cointreau and house-made kiwi agave.
Azucar at La Serena Villas
One of the most popular offerings in Azucar at La Serena Villas hotel is their Blood Orange Margarita, made with tequila reposado, blood orange purée, fresh lime and agave nectar, with a ground chili rim. It’s so good, and even better when you sip one on the Sugar High rooftop deck, which has amazing views of the San Jacinto mountains.
bluEmber at Omni Rancho Las Palmas
Rhubarb Blush margarita at bluEmber
The lounge menu in bluEmber at Omni Rancho Las Palmas resort features some creative combinations, including the Rhubarb Blush margarita, made with Hornitos Black Barrel Anejo Tequila, Cointreau, strawberry purée, lime and rhubarb bitters.
Seymour’s is a great spot in Palm Springs for innovative cocktail concepts in a dark and sexy setting. For a riff on the margarita, try the Big Trouble in Little TJ, made with Ilegal Mezcal, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, muddled cilantro and black and white peppercorns.
El Jefe at The Saguaro Palm Springs
Watermelon Margarita and Spicy Grapefruit Margarita at El Jefe
The new outdoor deck at El Jefe at The Saguaro Palm Springs has just been completed, with killer mountain views, misters for cooling, market umbrellas, cool custom furnishings by designer Eric Trine, and even outlets to keep your phone charged, making it the perfect spot to enjoy an alfresco margarita! For something a little different, we love the Watermelon Margarita (blanco tequila, watermelon juice, simple syrup, fresh lime) and the Spicy Grapefruit Margarita (jalapeño-infused blanco tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, agave, muddled jalapeños, fresh lime).
Now That's A Deal
Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill
At Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill in Palm Springs, you can enjoy $5 house margaritas during happy hour (currently 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 2 p.m .to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday), and during Taco Thursdays (Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.), their Rio Lime Margaritas are 2 for 1!
Pueblo Viejo Grill & Tequila Bar
Pueblo Viejo Grill & Tequila Bar, with locations in Indio and Palm Desert, has great happy hour pricing on margaritas daily (3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to close) – house margaritas are $4.75 and flavored margaritas (strawberry, mango or tamarindo) are $5.75. On “Margarita Mondays” the fun starts even earlier, with house margs for $4.75 starting at 3 p.m!
Try This At Home
Jalapeño Cucumber Margarita at Las Casuelas Nuevas. Photography: Camron Carrier; Gabriel Cabrera (El Jefe); Nichole Gawalis (Las Casuelas Nuevas)
Make your own Jalapeño Cucumber Margarita with this quick and delicious recipe by Las Casuelas Nuevas in Rancho Mirage.
Jalapeño Cucumber Margarita
1.5 oz Partida Tequila Silver
0.5 oz Grand Marnier
0.5 oz Agave Nectar
1 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
2 slices Fresh Jalapeño
2 slices Fresh Cucumber
Muddle one slice of jalapeño and one slice of cucumber, then shake with fresh lime juice, agave nectar, tequila and Grand Marnier. Serve over ice with a salted rim and jalapeño and cucumber garnish. Enjoy!
Keep the fun times going with this list of tasty summer cocktails to enjoy in the oasis. Bottoms up!