Margarita Madness Kicks Off in Port Aransas

It's that time of year again...the time where local bars and restaurants battle it out behind the bar in a showdown of epic proportions. The goal? To determine 2022's "Best Margarita in Port Aransas." This year's competition is fierce, and every one of the "Salty Sixteen" is worthy of making your list of go-to vacation drinks. So who will come out on top? Only your votes can tell!


How Does Voting Work?

All voting will be done on the Margarita Madness page, where you can read full rules and guidelines for the bracket-style competition. 

Round 1 begins March 11 at 4 p.m. and will continue through 10 a.m. on March 18.

At 4 p.m. the same day (March 18), Round 2 voting will begin with the "Eclectic Eight." Those eight will fight their way to the "Fresh Four" until 10 a.m. on March 25.

At 4 p.m. on March 25, Round 3 voting begins. This will be the final round of voting that will continue for a full week; it will close on April 1 at 10 a.m.

The "Final Two" contestants will be announced and voting to choose a winner will open at 4 p.m. on April 1. Between then and Tuesday, April 5 at 10 a.m., you can continue to vote once per day for your favorite.

At 4 p.m. on April 5, you are invite to tune in to a Facebook live event, where the 2022 champion will be revealed and the "Salty Sixteen" will be celebrated in style!

Now, without further ado...


Meet the margaritas and get voting!

FINS Grill & Icehouse

Aguas Fresca Margarita

House-infused cucumber El Jimador Silver Tequila, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and watermelon chunks are shaken with ice to create the perfect margarita. Garnished with watermelon and cucumber, it's as fresh as a spring breeze.

Roosevelt's at the Tarpon Inn

Billy Zane AKA "The Phantom"

This hauntingly purple margarita pulls its color naturally from the butterfly pea flowers that are infused into Patron Silver Tequilla. This twist-on-classic margarita is boosted by Grand Marnier, freshly squeezed lime, and agave syrup; a drink that lives up to its cult classic namesake.

Castaways Seafood and Grill

Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita

Enjoy this refreshing take on a classic. Poured with George Strait's signature Codigo Blanco Tequila, muddled cucumber and jalapeño, Contreau, sweet and sour mix, and a mildly spicy salted rim.

Moby Dicks Seafood Restaurant

Deep Sea Rita

Deep Sea Rita is the perfect combination of agave nectar, Tequila, fresh muddled blueberries, and lime that will surely satisfy all tastebuds. Served on the rocks in a blue-sugar-rimmed glass.

Stingrays Taphouse & Grill

Fuego La Mora Margarita

The Fuego La Mora Margarita is packed with so much flavor the only garnish that made sense was...flames! This delicious blackberry margarita is as cool as it is striking, and makes for a great addition to any island getaway.

MacDaddy's Family Kitchen

Golden Girl Margarita

Like the icon Betty White, MacDaddy's Family Kitchen's Golden Girl Margarita is full of spunk and passion! With its flourishing meld of flavors, you will feel giddy and cozy as you laugh alongside our girl. MacDaddy's created this margarita with Patron Silver Tequila, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, peach schnapps,...

Trout Street Bar & Grill

Hibiscus Basil Margarita

This delicately sweet margarita first hits the tongue with the tanginess of citrus, rounds off with a refreshing floral note of hibiscus, and finishes with complementary aromatics of freshly-picked basil.

Kody's Restaurant and Bar


A one-of-a-kind refreshment, escape for some fun in the sun with the Jameorita! Kody's Restaurant and Bar took the original margarita and made it even better, dialing up the sassy and sweet to craft a drink that you can't beat! Whether you're on vacation or just escaping your day...this is the margarita you've been...

Tortuga's Saltwater Grill

La Vie En Rose

This elegant, layered margarita is carefully crafted with Cimmaron Blanco Tequila, Chambord black raspberry liqueur, hibiscus syrup, and lime juice. Served up as you would a martini, and finished with a Seaglass Pinot Noir floater, be prepared for this margarita to elevate your expectations.

Seafood & Spaghetti Works

Mexican Candy Margarita

A fiesta of flavor! Dulce Vida Pineapple Jalapeño Tequila, watermelon pucker, Tabasco, garnished with a Tajín rim and a tamarind straw. This margarita will bring you a rush of nostalgia and just the right amount of heat. ¡Muy delicioso!

Black Marlin Bar & Grill

Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita

The same great taste you know and love with a new tropical blue look! A perfect blend of sweet and spicy made with fresh lime juice and sliced jalapeños creates a margarita that begs for an island getaway. Made with Dulce Vida Pineapple Jalapeño Tequila.

Lelo's Island Bar

Pink Mermaid Margarita

Exotico Silver Tequila, triple sec, and watermelon schnapps come together with watermelon purée to create a margarita bursting with flavor. Served in a Tajín-rimmed glass, the Pink Mermaid Margarita will beckon you back for another round.

Dylan's Coal Oven Pizzeria

Sandia Shore

This refreshing margarita is made with fresh sandia (watermelon juice), lime, and Dulce Vida All Organic Tequila. Garnished with a dash of Tajín for a hint of peppery flair, there's no better margarita for a day on the Texas coast.

La Playa Mexican Grille

The Legend

Taste the history of La Playa in this signature house margarita featuring La Playa Private Label Tequila. Tradition is at its best in this OG cocktail from Port A's true Mexican Grille!

Grumbles Seafood Co.

The Million Margarita

The Million Margarita brings the sweet heat with a perfect balance of the sweetness of pineapple purée and the spiciness of Ghost Pepper-infused Tequila. Why the Million in the name? The Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) scores over one million units on the Scoville Scale and is the perfect sneaky ingredient in this...

Bluewater Cowboy Saloon & Mercantile

The OceanRita

Indulge in BlueWater Cowboy Saloon & Mercantile's coconut margarita, the OceanRita! This refreshing margarita is certain to bring you right into your beach and summer feels! Stop in, taste it for yourself, and cast your vote for the OceanRita!