Chicago's remixed margaritas
Do you really need an excuse to drink a margarita during the summer? Didn’t think so. Tailor-made to banish heat and humidity, this simple cocktail—at its most basic, a margarita is just tequila, triple sec and lime juice—gets a flavor boost courtesy of creative bartenders around town.
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Rosemary's margarita ($12) at Antique Taco
If not for the branch of fresh rosemary springing from each glass, you might not be able to name the slightly herbal flavor of this Wicker Park taqueria's margaritas. "It's more on the subtle side. Because we infuse the rosemary in the simple syrup, you taste the rosemary and the sweetness at the same time," said manager Madeleine Suter. Matched with fresh-squeezed lime and orange juices, it makes for the ideal summer complement to chef Rick Ortiz's food. "The margarita has that sweet and salty taste to it, and I think that Rick tries to incorporate those things into each of his menu items. It's also thirst-quenching and goes well with spice." Order the margarita by the pint ($12) or quart ($23)--and don't forget to share.