Sure, we love a good Margarita as much as anyone. But there’s so much more to tequila than just that classic cocktail. From delicate floral- or fruit-spiked sippers to bold drinks bursting with coffee, smoke or spice, here’s a look at 15 innovative tequila-based drinks from bartenders around the country—and not a tired Marg in the bunch.
Accented by gentle floral, fruit and spice notes, this cocktail mixes blanco tequila, lime, grapefruit, cinnamon syrup, vanilla and rosewater.
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At this Latin-inspired concept helmed by James Beard semifinalist Mike Randolph, bartender Nick Digiovanni is creating drinks like this coffee-spiked sipper ideal to start or end a meal. It mixes Gran Centenario Añejo, Blueprint cold-brew coffee, Campari, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur and crème de cacao.
Featured at Mike Isabella's Tiki-inspired Mexican cocktail bar, this dark, brooding tequila drink is anything but typical. It starts with a mist of peaty Laphroaig scotch, then builds with layers of reposado tequila, grapefruit cordial, maple and Peychaud’s bitters.
Arguably the prettiest tequila drink you’ll see this season, bar manager Justin Blackwood translates a springtime bouquet into this cocktail, accenting tequila’s natural floral characteristics. Partida Blanco tequila takes its cues from crème de violette and St-Germain elderflower liqueur, garnished with an edible flower.