Search for the Supreme East Lansing Margarita: Los Tres Amigos vs. El Azteco

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Okay guys, before we get into all the fun margarita testing, let’s get serious for a minute and talk about cultural appropriation. Cinco de Mayo is a great time to celebrate the Hispanic culture, but it’s important that it’s done respectfully. Here’s an awesome article to walk you through it. Drinking margaritas is great, cultural appropriation… Not so much! Stay away from tacky stereotypes and take a moment to appreciate the culture before you down those margs and eat some excellent food.

Now that we all know how to avoid asshole-ish behavior, let’s talk about some margaritas!

Our journey began at Los Tres Amigos. We ordered one classic frozen lime margarita and a non-traditional frozen raspberry. The three judges were ready, willing and able to try these drinks for the greater good.


Jessica: I thought the lime was pretty good, but it was too frozen to drink and the tequila overpowered everything else. Don’t get me wrong, tequila is never a bad choice, but I like a balanced margarita and this just didn’t deliver. The raspberry, on the other hand, was really good. The fruity flavor masked some of the tequila and the slushiness level was perfect.

Hannah: As Jessica said, the lime was a bit too frozen for my liking… Though it had great flavor, it was definitely not the right consistency. I’m not hard to please, but I was definitely bummed about the lag time between how long it took for the drink to enter through the straw to my mouth. The raspberry though? Absolutely delicious. Definitely a great first margarita for those weary about tequila.

Emily:  So I might have said once or twice that “tequila is the devil” but I want 7 of these raspberry margaritas and I WANT THEM NOW.

Next, we moved on to our second and final destination: El Azteco. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to order frozen margaritas to get a true comparison because they are only offered seasonally, but we figured a traditional margarita on the rocks would do in a pinch.

Jessica: Okay, so this margarita was almost perfect. Even though it was much smaller than the one at Los Tres and a bit more expensive, it was a damn good marg. Seriously, these guys know what they’re doing! The only reason I had to knock off points was because it wasn’t frozen (which is a personal preference of mine). Otherwise, this definitely would have gotten a perfect score.

Hannah: 10/10 would recommend this drink. I fully understand why it is their most popular… Sweet, salty, and tangy, I was more than satisfied. I’m a sucker for a strong margarita (huge tequila fan over here) and this definitely did the trick.

Emily: Ah, we meet again, Jose Cuervo. *Flashes back to traumatic experience, cracks knuckles, sucks it down anyways.* WHY MUST YOU HURT SO GOOD.

Overall Rankings:

Frozen Lime from Los Tres: 3.5/5 stars

Frozen Raspberry from Los Tres: 4/5 stars

Classic Margarita on the Rocks from El Az: 4/5 stars

Those are our average scores, but we had a discussion later to determine the true winner.

After some serious calculations and soul searching, the three of us came to a decision about which EL margarita reigns supreme. The answer is: a margarita is a margarita; you honestly can’t go wrong. You’re going to be happy at whatever restaurant you pick with whichever margarita you’re drinking, so just go and have a good time! Both restaurants are East Lansing staples, and if you’re unimpressed by the drinks, there are always the free chips and salsa!


Jessica Gibbons is a senior majoring in humanities pre-law with an additional major in professional writing. Her dream is to become the editor in chief of a publication. She enjoys reading, playing with her cat and watching entirely too much Netflix.

Hannah Bullion is a junior professional writing major with an interest in all things new media. She hopes to flee the Midwest and pursue a career in fashion in New York City. She is also the social media director for MSU’s fashion and lifestyle publication, VIM Magazine, and an intern for the College of Arts & Letters. Keep up with her on Twitter (@hannahmbullion) and Instagram (@hannahbullion).

Emily Reyst is a senior majoring in professional writing. Outside of writing for ing, she  interns for the Broad College of Business Marketing team and the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing. She was once hit by an airborne pizza box while driving her moped. Follow her on social media for updates in real time. Twitter: @accio_avocado  Instagram: emilyreyst


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