Doing Cinco de Mayo Right in Downtown Crossing

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Posted May 3, 2013 by Stephanie Dubick in Eat & Drink
Fresh Margarita

I worked in the service industry for close to 10 years. Starting at 17, I steadily rose to more prominent positions, like expediter (which sounds fancier than it is), waitress, manager, and, eventually, bartender.

Most of those positions came with a degree of tongue-biting, but tending a bar let me joke with customers and enhance my mixology skills in the process. And I was good, really good—especially at making margaritas. That’s why this year’s Cinco de Mayo festivities in Downtown Crossing serve as a reminder about how delicious and varied margaritas come in the downtown Boston area.

Along with sombreros, tacos, pico de gallo, and other Mexican delicacies, margaritas are the accoutrements of any Cinco de Mayo fiesta. So, if you feel like enjoying a drink as you celebrate this time-honored tradition, now entering its 150th year, here are a few Downtown Crossing establishments serving top-notch margaritas this Cinco de Mayo.

Fajitas & Ritas

Mouthwatering fajitas to go with you mouthwatering margarita. Yummy! Photo Curtesy City Rover

Fajitas & ‘Ritas: Located in historical Boston Common, Fajitas & ‘Ritas is as far removed from those dime-a-dozen Mexican food chains as a restaurant can get. And considering most of them don’t sell alcohol, this popular (and downright delicious) establishment in DTX is a food and margarita lover’s fantasy land. ‘Rita boasts an abundance of margarita cocktails, such as “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”, which is made with pineapple juice, Cuervo Gold, lemonade, and grenadine. Other margarita flavors include strawberry, raspberry, and mango. On their extensive tequila menu, they feature Reposado or Grand Reposado tequilas, among others. (Seriously, the list is massive!) If you’re less of a cocktail fan and more of a beer drinker, Fajitas & ‘Ritas serves such imported beers as Corona and Tecate, as well.

Emerald Lounge: Sure, Dorothy said there’s no place like home. But honestly, sometimes there is. If you’re looking for a nightclub that’s a tinge better than your humble abode, look no further than the Emerald Lounge on Stuart Street in Downtown Crossing. The Emerald Lounge is a unique, Oz-themed night spot, and hosts one of the city’s most exciting Cinco de Mayo parties. Between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., the Emerald is offering parking, specialty drinks, prizes and gift bags, and live music on their patio. Kick back a few of their amazing Patron Silver Tequila margaritas, and celebrate the day in style. But don’t worry: Ruby slippers are not required.

The Silvertone Bar & Grill: The Silvertone is a unique downtown Boston watering hole. If you enjoy dive bars, you’ll appreciate the laid-back feel—or if you like elegance, you’ll enjoy Silvertone’s established, cocktail-bar ambiance. They also happen to boast a full list of drink options to satisfy your tequila cravings. Personally, I’m partial to their Zamira Esta Caliente. Sounds exciting? Well, if you’re a lover of spicy food like me and don’t feel satisfied unless you’re crying tears after every meal, this is the drink for you. Tequilas that will prove fitting for the occasion include the Zamira (made with Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila, agave, and fresh lime juice . . . yes, I am drooling), the Diablo (tequila and ginger beer), and the Almost Famous (Blanco Tequila and agave nectar—and also my favorite movie).

When it comes to Cinco de Mayo, the best thing to do is have fun. Make this Cinco de Mayo a caliente-kinda time, and treat yourself to mouthwatering foods and handcrafted beers and margaritas. And whether it’s through a traditional Mexican restaurant, an upbeat nightclub, or a hip bar in the middle of the city, kick back and enjoy the day with nacho chips in one hand and a drink in the other. Sadly, though, I won’t be there to make them myself. Sorry.

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