John Anderson

Best Local Cocktail

Mexican Martini

In Austin, we like to tipple dry. As in desert dry. As in tequila dry. As in: Shake, don't stir and with tequila, not gin, please. While the beloved margarita may be a more ubiquitous Austin libation, it's her not-so-distant "martini" cousin that has whetted our readers' boozy appetites in this first-time category. Like the traditional margarita, it's all in the preparation: Some use bottled mixes; some squeeze limes. All versions have their diehard fans. Taste and compare to find which has the shake that best complements your palate. Ladies and gentlemen, may we present the cocktail of Austin, for Austin, and by Austin: your favorite, the Mexican martini!

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