Food & Drink

The Best Spicy 'Ritas Along the Margarita Mile

This list is certain to heat up your taste buds.

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VisitDallas Staff
Posted on Jan 15, 2019

We all know Dallas is brimming with unique margaritas, but nothing quite says Texas like a hint of jalapeño or serrano - even habanero if you dare. 

Meso Maya: Serrano Berry Margarita
A mixture of sweet and spicy, this local favorite features muddled strawberry, serrano pepper, tequila blanco and fresh squeezed lime juice. This is a good choice if you are not fully committed to all the heat and prefer just a little kick.

Pro Tip: Grab a seat in their courtyard patio and pair this with Chef Nico Sanchez's famous Cochinita Pibil, a Yucatan-style braised pork dish with tangy orange and achiote sauce served alongside their made-from-scratch white corn tortillas. will almost hear the waves crashing on the Yucatan Peninsula (or at least one can dream).

Wild Salsa: Wild-Rita

Do your plans bring you to Downtown Dallas? Be sure to swing by Wild Salsa to try one – or all – of their spicy margarita options. The Wild-Rita is a fan favorite featuring roasted pineapple, jalapeño infused tequila, hand pressed lime juice and agave nectar. Added bonus, the margarita is Instagram-ready with beautiful garnishments to top it all off.

Pro Tip: Take a seat in the bar area during their flexible happy hour everyday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to close to get deals on snacks like their Queso Blanco or Wild Nachos with beef barbacoa.

José: La Malinche

José offers a drink menu as hot as their La Malinche margarita. Featuring Tequila Blanco, muddled cucumber and serrano peppers, white pepper syrup and a squeeze of fresh lime, this cocktail offers a refreshing take on the spicy margarita.

Pro Tip: Looking for something to do on a Monday? Jose offers "Mexmixology Class" the last Monday of every month to learn from seasoned bartenders about the fresh flavors that make their unique cocktails – be sure to visit their website for more information and book reservations.

Mariano's Hacienda: Fire & Ice

As home of the Frozen Margarita Machine, Mariano's knows how to whip up a classic 'rita like no one, but if you're wanting to stray from the traditional, try the Fire & Ice Margarita. Fresh lime and jalapeño make for the perfect twist to spice up the night.

Pro Tip: Plan your trip on a Wednesday to snag half price margaritas. The flavors rotate, so be sure to check out their Instagram @marianoshacienda for all the weekly details!

Tipsy Alchemist: Roca Rita

This masterfully made margarita features Piña Loca Pineapple tequila, triple sec, jalapeño reduction, nitrogen cilantro, fresh lime juice and bitters. Watching the bartender whip up this off-menu special is almost as good as the drink itself.

Pro Tip: This swanky cocktail bar fuses science, art and technique to bring next level drinks and experiences to guests. Don't be surprised if your drink comes smoking or served in a repurposed light bulb!