4 of Auckland’s best chilli margaritas

A mixture of salt, fire and ice, the chilli margarita has become our go-to summer drink to, funnily enough, cool down. We took the initiative to sample a number of renditions to narrow it down to the five best in town.

1. Euro
If you find yourself around the viaduct, pop into the new Euro and quench your thirst with their rendition that’s served in a coup, shaken with ice, and poured smooth.

2. 46 & York
Suburban-siders, get your fiery fix and sit roadside at this Parnell establishment. Their rendition exudes a spicy kick that’s not too overwhelming, but beware, it’s positively addictive.

3. Ostro
For those who like ’em hot, pay a visit to the cocktail maestros at this seafront establishment. But, if you simply can’t take the heat, they’re happy to turn it down a notch to meet your needs.

Although it’s not featured on the menu, all you have to do is ask. Their elevated rendition is poured into an authentic margarita glass, coated with a salty rim and served without ice.

If it’s not on the menu, here’s how to order one.
Ask for a classic margarita mix (tequila, triple sec, freshly squeezed lime juice, simple syrup and fresh limes).
2. Coat the rim with a paprika and salt mixture.
3. Add 3-4 dashes of Tabasco sauce or alternatively, fresh chopped chilli.
4. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a glass.

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