Had a lemon of a day? We know what to do about that. Beyond the classic margarita, these Sydney bars have got a few twists and turns up their sleeves to perk you up.
Whether you’re knocking them back beachside or burbside, here are some of Sydney’s best cocktails tequil-a long day.
Flying Fajita Sistas, Glebe
For some chilli to soothe any chill, make your way down to Flying Fajita Sistas. The Jalapeno Margarita offers a hot little kick with home infused 1800 Blanco Tequila, with classic Cointreau, lime, and agave nectar. Pair it up with a bite of home-style Mexican and your bad day will be a distant memory. If you need some more kick, this is the place to be: Flying Fajita Sistas have over 100 tequilas behind the bar (including dessert varieties) and a tasting paddle if you can't decide. Bottoms up!
Spiced Apple Margarita
China Doll, Woolloomooloo
Whoever would have thought a refined Chinese restaurant and bar would serve up some of the city’s yummiest margaritas? That’s Sydney for you. China Doll’s margarita is the apple of our eye at the moment. In among the Olmeca Altos Blanco Highland tequila, Grand Marnier and lime you’ll find an even fruitier finish than you’re used to.
Barrio Cellar, CBD
When you descend the stairs and are met with the neon sign declaring “everything with tequila,” you know whatever margaritas Barrio Cellar shakes up that evening are going to be awesome. If you start off feeling like a wallflower, the naked pansy-topped margaritas will help you shed your shyness, with strawberry infused tequila.
Salted Agave Slushy
El Loco, Surry Hills
For something a little different, head to El Loco for the salted agave slushy, which comes in a plastic cup for no pretension whatsoever. Blended into all that ice you’ll find Olmeca tequila, fresh lime juice, and house made salted agave syrup, but also some coconut water to help keep you extra hydrated (tequila-a hangover before it even strikes!).
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The Butler, Potts Point
The view at The Butler is likely to cure your doldrums, but if that isn’t enough, the Te-Killer Sour will do the trick. Herradura Plata Tequila and peach liqueur come together with lemon, a refreshing hit of basil, habanero chilli shrub, and egg white. If you’re feeling peckish, the food menu will also make you want to put down roots amongst your botanical surroundings.
Gazebo, Elizabeth Bay
As its name suggests, Sydney bar Gazebo is the place to go if you need a breath of fresh air and a little escape. Tommy’s gaz will sort you out, with Don Julio Tequila that’s softened with coconut nectar and pomegranate, and Sriracha bitters for a reinvigorating touch. Add a sharing plate or three and we could set up a gazebo and camp out all night.
Low302, Surry Hills
If cosy dim corners are what you’re seeking, head to Low302. Once you’ve settled in to some of the soft lounges and live soul, hit up their Bandito Flip. Blanco tequila meets the sweet heat of guajillo rosso chillies, and a touch of Italian bittersweet averna. A whole egg and sprinkling of nutmeg add a little richness.
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Image credit: Nicola Sevitt at Gazebo