Ah, tequila. Mexico’s gift to the world. Purists say it can only be tequila if it comes from the city of Tequila, a region northwest of Guadalajara, Mexico, much like it can only be champagne if it’s from the Champagne province in France. Regardless of its history, we all know it’s delicious. If you’re looking to shake it up from a regular old margarita, or find new purpose for bottom-bin tequila, here are some delicious concoctions to make with tequila.
Sources: Complex.com, Drinks.SeriousEats.com, CasablancaMexican.com
Like a Moscow Mule, but with a tequila twist – the Mayan Mule is two parts Reposado tequila, a splash of lime juice and bitters, and deliciously refreshing ginger beer. Garnish with mint and lime (or don’t, everyone knows the garnish is just a fancy hat for your beverage), and enjoy!
Forget mint juleps – the Santa Carla is the ultimate summer drink. Use two ounces of a solid silver tequila, and mix in fresh lemon juice, simply syrup, grapefruit bitters, and fill with sparkling water. Put on your sunscreen and get on it!
Think Bloody Maria meets Paloma, and you’ve got yourself a Vampira. This clamato-based drink blends together blanco tequila, hot sauce, lemon juice, and grapefruit soda, along with clamato for the best hangover cure you could ask for. Unless maybe you were on the tequila the night before, and you want to stick to the safer Bloody Mary option.
Start off by mixing up a Simply Honey syrup with honey and hot water, then muddle in a jalapeno before adding reposado tequila and lemon juice. Shake that sucker up and strain it into a martini glass for a tequila cocktail with a serious kick!
Shandy drinks aren’t just beer and lemonade anymore — feel free to get creative by chucking in some liquor too! Limeade (or lemonade, but everyone knows tequila craves limes), tequila, and a light beer, along with a splash of water to even things out make a seriously refreshing and unique pitcher.
This juice-filled cocktail means that the only expensive ingredient you’ll need is a nice bottle of good, old tequila. Mix an ounce-and-a-half with pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and a splash of lemon-lime soda and lime juice, and rim your glass with sugar to add a bit more fun!
Ginger beer can never be underestimated when it comes to the cocktail, and a refreshing glass of All the King’s Men proves this. Reposado tequila meets Averna (a herbal, spicy liquor), along with ruby port, honey, and lemon juice, and the whole delicious concoction is filled with ginger beer. If you want to get fancy, garnish that up with blackberries, and you’ve got a winner.
This one may make you take an actual siesta after finishing, but it’s worth it. Add two ounces of tequila to a half ounce of Campari, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and Simply Syrup. Shake it all up and strain, and kick back to prepare for your upcoming nap.
Named for its devil-may-care red appearance, El Diablo combines tequila with fresh lime juice, crème de cassis (or another blackcurrant liqueur), and ginger beer – alternatively, you can sub ginger syrup and ginger ale to top things off if ginger beer is nowhere to be found. The perfect blend of sweet and sour, this one is a definite crowd-pleaser.
A twist on a regular old tequila shot, try deep frying your tequila. The steps are simple: bake (or buy — let’s not get too ambitious here) an angel food cake, and soak it in your favorite tequila. Cut it up into bite-sized pieces and chuck it into the deep fryer until it’s golden brown on all sides. Sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar on top and serve in a shot glass for the absolute best dessert a true tequila lover could ask for!
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