Food - Drink
You May Want To Skip The Margarita At Your Local Mexican Restaurant
BY ERICA MARTINEZ
The margarita has become the unofficial drink of choice to pair with Mexican food, since a fresh marg is a perfect blend of sweet, tangy, and salty with a pleasant jolt of alcohol that cuts through rich and spicy foods. However, the cocktail has become so in demand at Mexican restaurants that shortcuts have messed with its perfection.
You may have a favorite Mexican restaurant whose margaritas you love, but you may want to be wary of the drink at an unfamiliar restaurant. Many restaurants use pre-made margarita mixes that are laden with sugar, and even if you're not above a sugary, cheap, satisfying drink, it can be too satisfying and fill you up before your meal arrives.
If you've found a spot that makes margaritas using tequila, fresh lime juice, and orange liqueur blended or served over ice in a glass with a salted rim, feel free to order. Otherwise, try a Paloma or a Michelada, drinks that also pair well with Mexican food, but are more likely to be fresh and won't weigh you down and spoil your dinner.