Celebrate National Tequila Day with these 9 Must-Have Cocktails

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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. 

Bloody Mariachi
(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.

 Related: More Specialty Cocktails for National Tequila Day

La Ciudad

  • 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.

Midori Margarita

  • 1 part Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 parts Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila
  • 2/3 part Fresh Lime Juice
  • Salt
  • 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. 

Highlands Mojito

  • 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.

Twisted Bocktail
(Created by Pamela Wiznitzer, USBG NY Chapter President and Creative Director Seamstress, NY)

Method: Combine all ingredients minus the beer; shake and strain into a highball. Top with beer and garnish with lemon.

The Fighter
  • 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.