Best of Boston

1997 Best Margarita

Rio Grande Cafe

No pansy drinks, these. The Rio features big, honkin’ ‘ritas shaken into those pint glasses most bars reserve for ales. But while size does matter, a perfect margarita is in the mixing. Here, the base is a perfectly tangy blend of lime and lemon juices tweaked with a helping of lime pulp. Take your pick of either Suaza or Jose Cuervo (the house is made with Gold Suaza) to suit your taste. Purists beware, though, of some of the gussied-up ‘ritas on the menu: Chambord and Cuervo really shouldn’t be mixed in the same glass.

12 School St., Marblehead, 617-639-1828,