Celebrate National Tequila Day with these Must-Drink 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. 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 joyous day. With a variety of flavors represented, you’ll surely find something to love. 

Spicy Sandia

(Created for Boedega Negra, NYC)

  • 1.5 oz Herradura Blanco
  • .25 oz Habanero Syrup
  • .5o z Agave Syrup
  • .5 oz Lime Juice

Method: 4-5 Large chunks of Watermelon muddled. Shaken & served over large ice. Lime Wheel Garnish.

Firing Squad

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  • 2 oz Astral Tequila
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • .75 oz Grenadine
  • 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Method: Shake with ice, strain, and serve.

Summertime Spice

(Created for Whiskey Blue, Atlanta)

  • 5 oz Casamigos Silver
  • .75 oz Ancho Reyes
  • .75 oz Lemon juice
  • .25 oz Agave

Method: Combine all ingredients into shaker, shake and strain over large ice. No garnish.

Viper’s Fang

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  • 2 oz Tequila Corralejo Reposado
  • .25 oz laapsang watermelon syrup
  • 2 dashes of Peychaud’s bitter
  • 1 dash of aromatic bitters

Method: Stir, serve on the rocks with a lemon twist.

The Sacrifice

(Created by Stephen Halpin)

  • 2 oz Patrón Extra Anejo*
  • .5  oz Patrón Aged Orange Liquor*
  • .25  oz Simple Syrup
  • 1.5 teaspoons Orange Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Method: Combine ingredients in a shaker tin with ice and shake until chilled. Strain and serve up into a chilled Nick & Nora or coupe glass with twist of lemon.

Angry-Rita

  • 4 oz Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
  • 1 oz Blanco Tequila
  • 5 oz Grenadine
  • 5 oz Lime Juice
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters

Method: Combine all ingredients except for cider in a cocktail shaker and shake. Pour into rocks glass with ice and top with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple. Garnish with a lime wheel. 

Cerveza Piñarita

celebrate national tequila day with these 7 must have cocktails cerveza pinarita
  • 1.5 oz Suerte Reposado
  • 2.5 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice plus wedges for serving
  • .5 teaspoon agave nectar or more to taste
  • 4 oz Mexican beer
  • Salt

Method: Salt the rim of your glass. Shake the tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice, agave nectar and ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain over ice and top of with beer. Serve with fresh lime wedges and pineapple.

Casa Ginger Mint Paloma

  • 2 oz Casamigos Reposado
  • 5 oz Grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz Fresh lime juice
  • .5 oz Sugarcane Syrup
  • .5 oz Ginger syrup
  • 8-10 Mint leaves

Method: Combine all ingredients into tin shaker. Muddle herbs. Add ice. Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds. Fine strain into highball glass. Add fresh ice. Garnish with grapefruit wheel and mint sprig.

Milagro Tequila Del Campo

celebrate national tequila day with these 7 must have cocktails del campo

(Created by Jaime Salas, Milagro Ambassador)

  • 1.5 Parts Milagro Silver (bacon fat washed)
  • .5 Part Lime Juice
  • .75 Part Celery Juice
  • .5 Part Nopal (optional)
  • 1 Part Pineapple Juice
  • .5 Part Cilantro or Parsley
  • Chicharron Salt Garnish

Method: With a half lime, rinse around the rim of a rocks glass and salt with Chicharron salt. Separately, combine all ingredients and shake well. Strain mix over fresh ice into the Chicharron salted rocks glass.