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Tequila Blood Orange Soda

Tequila , Modern Classics

What’s even better than a tequila and soda? A tequila and soda with a hit of blood orange juice to brighten the color and flavor in the best possible way.

Tequila Blackberry Punch

Tequila , Modern Classics

Smash some blackberries to get a drink that’s as easy as it is refreshing. It’s punch but with tequila!

Tequila Corpse Reviver

Tequila , Modern Classics

Sweet and citrusy, this innovative take on the classic Corpse Reviver could most certainly wake the dead.

Tequila Martini

Tequila , Modern Classics

Okay, okay: It’s not technically a Martini if it’s made with tequila. But this kicky version of the classic is well worth going against the grain for.

Manu de Chango

Tequila , Modern Classics

This drink by Kim Stodel of Providence in Los Angeles is a hybrid of a Margarita and a Paloma, made with tequila, dry curaçao, guava, lime juice and grapefruit juice. Stodel makes her own house-made guava syrup—a process that results in a lot of guava pulp. Throw it away? Nope. Instead, Stodel repurposes it to make the fruit leather garnish that adds the finishing touch to the cocktail.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Are Earth-Friendly Cocktails Possible? These 5 No-Waste Cocktails Might Be the Answer.

Tropical Fruit Sangria

Tequila , Tiki / Tropical

Sangria is most often made with wine. But when you swap the grape stuff for tequila and toss in some tropical fruit, a good drink gets a little more interesting.For more great Mexican-inspired drinks—and tacos, too!—head right this way.

Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita

Tequila , Modern Classics

Enjoy the heat with this refreshing pineapple Margarita that boasts a touch of spicy jalapeño. Because what goes better with pineapple and tequila than a hit of chile heat?

Spiced Tequila Old Fashioned

Tequila , Modern Classics

The beautifully simple Old Fashioned gets a Mexican makeover with the addition of reposado tequila and a hit of allspice dram.

Tequila Limeade

Tequila , Modern Classics

Your refreshing limeade needs a blast of good tequila.

Rosemary Paloma

Tequila , Modern Classics

The classic grapefruit Paloma gets a hint of herby goodness.

Bothan

Tequila , Modern Classics

Thoroughly testing the depth of Star Wars nerdiness, Billy Nichols, the bar manager at Faun in Brooklyn, named this galactically green-hued concoction after the species of rebel spies who provided the Rebellion with the plans to blow up the Death Star in Return of the Jedi. “I’m a Star Wars nerd,” says Nichols. “I thought this green, cloudy tequila cocktail looked the part.”

This recipe originally appeared as part of These 5 Star Wars Cocktail Recipes Come from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Flying Solo

Tequila , Modern Classics

Louis Hirsch, the GM of Morels Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo in Las Vegas, created this nod to reluctant rebel pilot and all-around intergalactic heartthrob Han Solo because only a person of his confidence could find a positive use for that pink-headed stepchild of the wine world, white zinfandel.

This recipe originally appeared as part of These 5 Star Wars Cocktail Recipes Come from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Watermelon Margarita

Tequila , Modern Classics

A Margarita is always good. With watermelon in it too?

Pink Frozen Margarita

Tequila , Frozen / Blended

What’s better than a Frozen Margarita? A pink Frozen Margarita!

Teal-quila Sunrise

Tequila , Modern Classics

This fun, summer take on the Tequila Sunrise knocks out the grenadine for homemade raspberry syrup (don’t worry, it’s easy!) and a dash of blue curaçao for a drink that’s as tasty as it is colorful.

Frozen Margarita

Tequila , Frozen / Blended

Purists, keep walking! When the mercury climbs and the dog days of summer start barking at your heels, the only proper cocktail is the one that keeps you cool and happy. This super simple Frozen Margarita recipe will have you bonding with your blender all season long.This recipe originally appeared as part of Sensational Frozen Cocktails: The 11 You Should Be Drinking in American Bars Now.

Tequila Sour

Tequila , Modern Classics

A solid shake is required for this refreshing Tequila Sour. It’s worth every move. For more great summery Mexican-inspired drinks—and tacos too!—head right this way.

Watermelon–Blackberry Margarita Popsicles

Tequila , Frozen / Blended

If you love popsicles and love cocktails, there’s nothing better than these easy-to-make treats. Have these on hand at your next summer gathering!

Mourning Doves

Tequila , Modern Classics

This Paloma at Nashville’s Pinewood Social winks at the Whiskey Sour, adding lemon alongside grapefruit as the citrusy element, as well as mix of maple and simple syrups to sweeten. It’s missing the fizziness that usually lightens a Paloma, making it a bit more substantial than the original. At Pinewood Social, a spicy chipotle tincture is spritzed over the top of the drink.

Freek’s Mill Paloma

Tequila , Modern Classics

This tasty Paloma version at Freek’s Mill in New York City keeps the tequila and lime juice but turns the rest of the drink on its head. Instead of grapefruit soda, pamplemousse liqueur, a splash of Contratto bitter (an apéritif similar to Campari), plus cava provide the right flavor and effervescence. And rather than a pinch of salt, as is customary in a Mexican Paloma, this drink takes a few drops of saline to add that mouthwatering hint.

Verbena

Tequila , Modern Classics

At The Chandelier bar at The Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas, chief mixologist Mariena Mercer has been experimenting with Szechuan buttons for years, and this cocktail is one of the bar’s most popular signature drinks.

Margarita Picante

Tequila , Frozen / Blended

This take on a Frozen Margarita at Coccoloba Bar & Grill at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa on the Grand Cayman incorporates the fresh juices of honeydew and lime and the subtle spice of cayenne pepper.

Black Betty

Tequila

At one of downtown Vancouver’s celebrated farm-to-table restaurants, Royal Dinette, bar manager Kaitlyn Stewart plays with kitchen ingredients and techniques in her cocktails. The Black Betty intrigues with its dark depths and dehydrated beetroot-sugar garnish dusted across a layer of egg white.

Spicy Margarita

Tequila , Modern Classics

Don’t settle for a sickly sweet blender bomb this Cinco de Mayo.

Tequila Sunrise

Tequila , Classics

Created in the 1970s, the Tequila Sunrise adds tequila to the citrusy and sweet ingredients popular in many cocktails during the party decade. Make this classic cocktail for a small sunrise whenever you want it.

Long Island Iced Tea

Gin Liqueurs Rum Tequila Vodka , Classics

The Long Island Iced Tea is what happens when four different spirits collide to create one powerful drink. With a mysterious origin story, this potent drink will bring on the good times (and hangovers) for years to come.

Volunteer

Tequila , Modern Classics

This cocktail served at Snackbar in Oxford, Miss., both cleanses the palate and complements dishes with its blanco tequila and Cointreau base enlivened by cilantro, jalapeño, cucumber, melon, cumin seed, lime, grapefruit bitters and a pinch of salt to tie it all together.

Eau de Lavender

Tequila , Modern Classics

Sexy and smooth, this tequila cocktail has a hint of lavender and a dash of sweet honey syrup. It's spring in a cup, but since the floral flavors come from bitters, you can sip it all year round.

Tequila Honey Bee

Tequila , Modern Classics

Bartender Nick Korbee, the executive chef and beverage director at Egg Shop in New York City, uses honey in his tequila cocktail, with a touch of smokiness thanks to a mezcal wash, which goes brilliantly with the sweet nectar and tart lemon.

Marzipan Old Fashioned

Mezcal Tequila , Modern Classics

Beverage director Cody Pruitt melts De La Rosa peanut marzipan candies into a marzipan syrup to sweeten this mezcal- and tequila-based Old Fashioned. A touch of oloroso sherry echoes the nutty flavors from the peanut-studded candy.

Calafia

Tequila , Modern Classics

Newly opened in December 2016 from Top Chef alum Ryan Scott, the cocktail menu at San Francisco’s Finn Town boasts plenty of fresh juices—cucumber, ginger, etc. But fennel’s not one you see on the drink menu very often. This drink by bartender Anthony Parks lends freshness and subtle anise to a tequila-forward sipper.

Death Star

Tequila , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.“I have been a Cowboys fan since I was about six years old,” says bartender Peter Novotny of Dallas’ Armoury D.E. “I go to games when I can, but getting a good seat at the Death Star [the nickname for the Cowboys stadium] costs a pretty penny. I usually end up tailgating and sitting in the cheap seats or party-pass seats.”This bright blue riff on a Margarita is a nod to the Cowboys team colors. Novotny even stencils a Cowboys star onto the top of the drink.

Little FIB

Tequila , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team. Hastings Cameron, a bartender at several Madison, Wisc., bars, including Imaginary Bar, describes this cocktail tribute to the Green Bay Packers as a “perverse Shamrock shake,” in which the mint and fennel of Strega are fortified by similar notes in gin from Death’s Door Spirits, a Wisconsin distillery.
“I grew up in Chicago rooting for the Packers as a little contrarian,” says Cameron. “As an adult, I still love blue and orange (mostly orange) but couldn’t possibly care less about the Bears, or the Cubs for that matter,” he says. While this drink was purely aesthetically inspired by the Packers’ team colors—“Lil Wayne didn’t need anything more than the team’s colors to inspire this,” says Cameron—it involves a pretty complex matcha foam, evidence of Cameron’s tendency toward molecular gastronomy-like bartending.The booziness of the cocktail is inspired by the ice-cold winters in Wisconsin. “Drink builds tend to swell in volume the farther north we get from Madison. The 2.5 ounces of 80-plus-proof booze is a nod to that cultural imperative,” he says.

Broadway Joe

Tequila , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“The perennial losing ways of the New York Jets have inspired me to create a cocktail around the last time they were actually winners,” says bartender Cody Goldstein of Mathews in Jersey City, N.J. “The Broadway Joe era was both flamboyant and fabulous. I combined joe (coffee) flavors with herbaceous mint and alpine herbs to wake the team up along with coconut cream rum because they are always on vacation come playoff time.”

Spirit of ’72

Tequila , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“A classic Margarita, much like the 16–0 1972 Miami Dolphins, can be quite simply perfect,” says Seth Weinberg, the lead bartender at StripSteak by Michael Mina at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, who created this drink as an homage to the undefeated Miami Dolphins team. “The team still gets together every season for a Champagne toast to their still-standing record.” This drink is a variation on a Margarita, with a Miami twist. “Fresh Florida juices and spicy agave nectar are the perfect complement to the bold flavors of aged tequila,” he says. “Much like the Dolphins newly augmented stadium, this cocktail is cool, modern and refreshing, the perfect drink to sip while cheering the Miami Dolphins onto victory.”

Broncos Sunset

Tequila , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“Denver is known for these amazing orange-hued sunsets, so I wanted to incorporate that into this cocktail, says Bryan Dayton, the beverage director and co-owner of Denver’s Acorn and Brider and Boulder’s Oak at Fourteenth. “Obviously, the orange and blue is also a nod to the Broncos jersey. In terms of the ingredients, I wanted to stick to local Colorado, so I used Suerte tequila, which is based here in Boulder. We also love spicy food here, so I added the Ancho Reyes for some heat.”

Smoky Limeade

Mezcal Tequila , Modern Classics

Though one thinks of limeade and lemonade as summer drinks, bartender Carmen Polcyn at Chicago’s Bar Toma gives this tipple that’s good with or without booze a wintery hint of rosemary and warming, smoky punch. You can spike the drink with tequila or mezcal, the latter adding even more smoky fun to the drink.

Comrade

Tequila , Modern Classics

It’s hard to deny that spaghetti squash seems like a head-scratcher of a cocktail ingredient, much like tequila feels a little more sand and surf than sweaters and scarves. But in the Comrade, the woodsy depth of spaghetti squash and innate vegetative notes of tequila sally forth in entirely novel ways, shining a light on their versatility.

Rise Up Red Sea

Tequila , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“When you think about spirits in the desert of Arizona, tequila is the first that comes to mind,” says bartender Micah Olson of Phoenix’s Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails. “The watermelon and lime are there to quench one’s thirst in our hot and arid climate. I added some Campari to the mix as well, which is a bitter Italian liqueur. As a franchise, the Cardinals have had the longest active drought without a championship, which is something to be a little bitter about. Campari, watermelon and Peychaud’s bitters are also all red to reinforce the team’s colors. Rise up Red Sea is a reference to the Cardinal fans, aka the Red Sea.”

Margarita

Tequila , Classics Margaritas

While the Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in North America, its origins are shrouded in mystery. There are almost as many stories about who invented the margarita as there are margarita recipes. Some like them blended, others with a sweetener, but many argue the best margarita recipe is this classic one. Memorize it and you’ll never fail to impress.

Curse of Bobby Layne

Tequila , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“Introduced in 1930, Honolulu blue and silver have been the distinctive look of the Detroit Lions for almost the entire life of the franchise,” says Selden Standard bartender Rob Wilson. “Inspired by those colors, the cocktail features blueberries and [blue agave] silver tequila. The idea is to have the vinegar create a really pungent garnish, kind of like a pickled onion on a Martini. Fresh berries will lack that zing, so I’d definitely suggest pickling them or even just soaking them overnight in Champagne vinegar to at least get some of that flavor.”
(As for the name, in 1958, the Lions traded quarterback Bobby Layne to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Layne, in response, supposedly said the Lions would not win for 50 years—though this statement has been disputed as a hoax and was never published at the time. But for the next 50 years, the Lions had the worst winning percentage of any NFL team.)

War Streets Spritz

Tequila , Modern Classics

You don’t have to be a Steelers fan to love it.

Sour T-iesel

Tequila , Margaritas Modern Classics

Tequila meets CBD oil in this minty Margarita variation. Learn how to make it today at Liquor.com.

Tommy’s Margarita

Tequila , Classics

Sample the drink that made Julio Bermejo a legend.

¡A Huevo!

Beer Tequila , Modern Classics

This mashup of a Michelada and Margarita is a big ¡a huevo! (or “hell, yeah”).

Puerto Vallarta

Tequila , Modern Classics

Tequila and verjus make fine bedfellows in this fragrant glass topped with bubbles.

Fennel 75

Tequila , Modern Classics

Turn the French 75 on its head by swapping in tequila, fennel liqueur and honey syrup and topping with bubbles.

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