With Cinco de Mayo just days away, the annual proliferation of margarita shots on social media is inevitable. Want to make yours stand out? TODAY caught up with four bartenders who are experimenting with garnishes like flower petals, fresh herbs and distinctive fruit toppers like kumquat slices. But besides being cocktail eye candy, these elegant reinterpretations each have a sophisticated flavor profile — think spicy, savory or herbal. You'll never go back to those ultra-sweet, slushy behemoths again.
The Drink: Rosa Picante MargaritaThe Garnish: Rose petal and rose sea saltThe Spot: Bohanan's, San Antonio
The Drink: Coffee MargaritaThe Garnish: Sliced kumquatsThe Spot: Mother of Pearl, New York City
The Drink: Mango-Sage MargaritaThe Garnish: Sage leaves and grilled mango slicesThe Spot: Anise Global Gastrobar, Tampa
The Drink: Mint Tea StargaritaThe Garnish: StarfruitThe Spot: Faena Hotel, Miami