Need a compelling reason to quaff more tequila? Agave is endlessly versatile, especially if you’re open to exploring all four of tequila’s rich categories: blanco, reposado, añejo and extra añejo.
With the ability to turn sophisticated, comforting or adventurous—sometimes all at once—tequila takes pleasure in pairing with a wide range of counterparts. It plays nicely with everything from sherry to Campari to pomegranate juice. It’s time to discover five new-age tequila cocktails and experience the wild world of agave that exists beyond the basic bar shot. The best bit? They’re a snap to make.
No substitutions: With only three ingredients in play, it’s crucial to use authentic reposado tequila and Manzanilla sherry in Jacques Bezuidenhout’s favorite aperitif. Jacques marries the two with a splash of pear liqueur, creating a pleasantly dry and elegant glass.
Get the recipe for the La Perla.
Ever been busted by the Hot Toddy troopers? No? That’s because that cocktail-specific level of law enforcement doesn’t exist. So why not swap the Toddy’s standard whiskey for tequila and walk on the agave side? Equal parts honey and agave nectar enhance the aroma of warm tequila, and a pinch of cinnamon and clove are natural bookends for this comforting cup.
Get the recipe for the Hornitos Tequila Toddy.
You won’t find any dark añejo at work here: This alabaster firebreather demands blanco tequila to keep its complexion intact. A thread of Cointreau adds underlying sweetness and when shaken with an egg white, a thick, frothy plumage emerges at the dragon’s head.
Get the recipe for the White Dragon.
Arguably the most romantic citrus fruit, the scarlet blood orange stands down for no one. That signature hue seeps into every drop of this supercharged Margarita, and the overall orange essence gains strength with the combined power of Combier and Campari.
Get the recipe for the Blood Orange Margarita.
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