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State Street's margarita

Image: Chad Spencer

You could celebrate Cinco de Mayo without margaritas, we guess, but we're not sure why you'd want to. To find Sarasota's best version of the tangy, tequila-laced drink, we asked our Facebook fans to nominate their favorites, then our lucky judges—Joey Panek and Christine Alexander, frequent Sarasota Magazine contributor Adam Davies and digital editor Megan McDonald—sipped the finalists and declared the winners.

State Street Eating House

Tequila that's barrel-aged in-house, fresh lime juice, Bauchant orange liqueur, a secret simple syrup recipe and fancy peach salt from Australia: Andale!

Jack Dusty at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Reddish-hued Italian liqueur Casoni makes this one pretty in pink—and lovely to drink.

Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant 

You'll find 10—yes, 10!—margarita options at Mi Pueblo, from one with orange and cranberry juices to one with mint leaves and even one with powdered sugar. 

Old Salty Dog

Blue skies, sunshine, a salty breeze—we'd be hard-pressed to find a better place in Sarasota to kick back. And the Grand Marnier floater on this 'rita only adds to the bliss.

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Old Salty Dog

$$ Burgers, Seafood Multiple Locations

An Old-Florida dining destination.

Editor’s Pick

Jack Dusty

$$$$ Seafood 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr

High-life indulgence and relaxed elegance are what Jack Dusty at the Ritz-Carlton delivers.

Editor’s Pick

State Street Eating House + Cocktails

$$$ American 1533 State St.

Featuring modern takes on classic comfort food (think lobster macaroni and cheese, fried chicken and lamb), State Street also features an ambitious cocktail program and a separate lounge.