We think every season is margarita season, but the summer months are the perfect time for this light-flavored drink. Evansville serves its fair share of traditional margaritas, but several local bars are also offering delicious twists on this classic.
Location: 7700 Eagle Crest Blvd.
Name: Melon Margarita
Drinking the melon margarita at Bar Louie isn’t all fun and games. Through July 11, this refreshing beverage will be the restaurant’s “Cocktail for a Cause.” The nonprofit World Central Kitchen will receive a $1 donation from each melon margarita sold.
The drink includes a delicate blend of Casamigos tequila, Bacardi lime, cantaloupe syrup, lime juice, a splash of soda water, and a slice of real cantaloupe for garnish.
“It’s a good mix of tequila and rum — it keeps either from being overpowered,” says managing editor Jodi Keen. “It’s not too sweet, but it’s got a good, refreshing flavor to it.”
6226 Waterford Blvd., East Side
4630 W. Lloyd Expressway, West Side
3534 N. First Ave, North Side
Name: Sunset Margarita
Price: $5.25 (for 12 ounce)
If you’re looking for a complete drinking experience, the short bar of Los Bravos — we visited the East Side location on our trip — is the place to go. Bartenders are eager to divulge their extensive knowledge on all alcohol, especially tequila.
We ordered a Los Bravos summer classic — the sunset margarita. Served frozen or on the rocks, the base of the drink is a mango margarita (Jose Cuervo tequila, homemade margarita mix, triple sec, and natural Jumex mango nectar) combined with grenadine to create the look of a beautiful sunset inside your drink.
“If you’re looking for something to drink that doesn’t have too much of a bite to it, this is it,” says staff writer Riley Guerzini.
Guests can order any of Los Bravos’ margaritas in a 12 ounce, 18 ounce, 32 ounce, or 64 ounce pitcher.
Location: 2100 W. Franklin St.
Name: Pink Lemonade Margarita
Gerst Haus off Franklin Street is known for its extensive beer, serving more than 49 on tap in their famous fish bowls. But the fishbowls can be filled with more than just lagers and IPAs.
The pink lemonade margarita can be made in any size (we ordered a fishbowl of course) with the customer’s choice of tequila. It’s a traditional drink, with a lime and salt rim, but the sweet and sour is replaced with pink lemonade.
“This is one of my favorite drinks in Evansville,” says staff writer Dallas Carter. “It allows you to enjoy what makes a traditional margarita great, while moving past the same old flavors.”