Celebrate National Tequila Day with these 9 Must-Have Cocktails
Tequila fans rejoice—it’s National Tequila Day! There is literally no better reason to drink a nice agave cocktail today, so break out the cocktail shaker and learn a little bit about the complexities that agave spirits can yield and enjoy these new creations on this wonderful day. With a variety of flavors represented, you’ll surely find something to enjoy.
(Created by Andrés Mora, Hacienda Patrón Mixologist, Mexico, pictured)
- 5 oz Patrón Silver Tequila
- 3 oz tomato juice
- .5 oz lemon juice freshly squeezed
- .5 oz orange juice freshly squeezed
- Worcestershire sauce, to taste
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Method: Build over ice and stir. Garnish with rosemary sprig, cucumber, jalapeño & cherry tomato.
It’s So Easy
(Created by Mixologist Ben Scorah)
- 1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco
- 3 oz Ginger Beer
- 3/4 oz Grapefruit Juice
- 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
- 1 sprig Fresh Basil
- Basil Spring and Lime Wheel for Garnish
Method: Lightly muddle fresh basil in a cocktail shaker. Add Tequila Don Julio Blanco, grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with basil spring and lime wheel.
- 2 parts Tequila Herradura Anejo
- ½ part Sweet Vermouth (Carpano Antica)
- ½ part Ancho Chili Liqueur
- 3 dashes Chocolate Bitters
Method: Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, stir, then strain into coupe glass. Garnish with 2 brandy cherries.
Chipotle Cocoa Margarita
- 3 Slices of Orange
- 1 Slice of Lemon
- 1/4 oz. Light Agave
- 2 oz. Avión Añejo
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Chipotle Powder
Method: Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass that has been rimmed with a mixture of cocoa powder and chipotle powder, and garnish with an orange twist.
- 1 part Midori Melon Liqueur
- 1 1/2 parts Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila
- 2/3 part Fresh Lime Juice
- Lime Wheel, for garnish
Method: Pour Sauza tequila, Midori and fresh lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Rim a chilled cocktail/tumbler/rocks glass with salt. Strain the shaken cocktail into the glass, top with ice and garnish with a lime wheel.
- 2 oz Santera Blanco Tequila
- 25 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 50 oz Mint Simple Syrup*
- 3 Lime wedges or wheels
- 1 Fresh Mint Sprig
- Club soda to top
Method: In a shaker, combine tequila, juice and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously. Fill a Collins glass with fresh ice and add lime wedges. Strain cocktail into the glass and top with club soda.
* Mint Simple Syrup
- 1 Bunch Fresh Picked Mint
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup Raw sugar
Method: Bring water to a boil in a saucepan and reduce to a simmer. Add mint and steep on simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain the mint and continue to simmer until the liquid is reduced to 1 cup. Remove from heat and add sugar. Stir to dissolve and chill the syrup.
(Created by Pamela Wiznitzer, USBG NY Chapter President and Creative Director Seamstress, NY)
- 1 ¼ parts Tres Agaves Reposado
- ¾ part Lemon
- ½ part Cointreau
- ½ part Simple Syrup
Method: Combine all ingredients minus the beer; shake and strain into a highball. Top with beer and garnish with lemon.
- 1 1/2 Parts Casamigos Blanco Tequila
- 3/4 Part Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1/2 Part Agave Nectar
- 1/4 Part Raw Ginger Juice
- 1 Dash Oregano Oil
- Pinch cayenne pepper
Method: Combine all ingredients (except cayenne pepper) into shaker. Shake for 8-10 seconds and strain over new ice into Collins glass. Top with club soda and garnish with pinch of cayenne.
Hornitos Old Fashioned
- 1 ½ parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
- 1 part simple syrup
- ½ part amaro liqueur
- 2 dashes bitters
- 2 dashes orange bitters
Method: Combine simple syrup, Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila, amaro and bitters. Add ice and stir. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with an orange peel.