Top 10 Best Ever Tequila Cocktails

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By Addah Arcilla | August 4, 2014 2:08 PM EST

There are many holidays-some are serious and somber, while others are fun and wacky. National Tequila Day takes the form of the latter where everyone can just have fun and celebrate this versatile drink that is tequila.

Here are 10 tequila-inspired cocktail recipes to shake things up and wow your friends at your party.

1. Classic Margarita

The margarita is probably the most widely known tequila cocktail. Not only is this drink delicious, but it has hundreds of variations that are just as delicious and fun to explore.

Ingredients:
1 ½ ounces tequila
1 ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce Triple sec orange liqueur
Salt or sugar to rim the glass

Preparation:
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and pour the contents into a chilled margarita glass. Salt the rim of the glass before pouring the contents. Garnish the drink with a lime wedge.

2. Tequila Sunrise

A classic, tequila sunrise is a tangy mix of tequila and orange juice with a slight fruity sweetness from the grenadine.

Ingredients:
2 ounces tequila
4 ounces orange juice
½ ounce grenadine
Orange slices and Maraschino cherry for garnish

Preparation:
Pour orange juice and tequila in a highball glass with ice and stir. Slowly pour the grenadine around the inside of the glass. Garnish with Maraschino cherry and orange slice.

3. Paloma

Simple and refreshing, this drink is one of the easiest and classic tequila-inspired cocktails.

Ingredients:
2 ounces Blanco tequila
6 ounces grapefruit soda
½ ounce lime juice

Preparation:
Salt the rim of a Collins glass. Fill the glass with ice and pour the tequila and lime juice. Top the glass with grapefruit soda.

4. Bloody Maria

Substituting the vodka with tequila gives the classic drink Bloody Mary a different dimension and a zesty twist.

Ingredients:
2 ounces tequila
Tomato juice
A dash of lime juice
1 teaspoon horseradish
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (optional)
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
3 dashes pepper
3 dashes celery salt

Preparation:
Build all ingredients in a highball glass with ice cubes. Top with tomato juice and stir well. Garnish with lime wedge and celery stalk.

5. Passion Cocktail

This drink is a tequila variation of the cosmopolitan and also uses a mix of lime, cranberry, and orange liqueur.

Ingredients:
3 ounces cranberry juice
2 ounces tequila
2 ounces Grand Marnier orange liqueur
1 ounce lime juice

Preparation:
Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain contents into a chilled stemmed glass. Splash with Grand Marnier and garnish with a slice of lime.

6. Toronha

Toronha comes from the Spanish word taranja, meaning grapefruit. Grapefruit is one of the best fruit flavors to pair with tequila.

Ingredients:
2 ounces tequila
2 ounces grapefruit juice
½ ounce Triple sec orange liqueur
1 tablespoon grenadine
¾ cup ice

Preparation:
Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend well.
Pour contents into a chilled sour glass.

7. Brave Bull

Tequila and Kahlua on the rocks, this drink skips all the fruity flavours typically found in tequila drinks.

Ingredients:
1 ounce Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
2 ounces Blanco tequila

Preparation:
Pour the tequila into a glass with ice cubes. Add the Kahlua. Gently swirl the glass to lightly mix the ingredients then serve.

8. Juan Collins

A tequila variation of the ever popular John Collins and Tom Collins.

Ingredients:
1 ½ ounces sliver tequila
1 ounce agave nectar
1 ounce lemon juice
Club soda

Preparation:
Pour all ingredients into a Collins glass with ice cubes and stir well. Top with club soda and garnish with a lime wedge.

9. Tequini

Simply put, it's a martini with a tequila base. Use a Blanco tequila for a dry tequini or a reposado tequila for a sweet variation.

Ingredients:
2 ½ ounces Blanco tequila
½ ounce vermouth
A dash of Angostura bitters

Preparation:
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well. Pour contents into a child cocktail glass. Garnish with an olive.

10. Envy

A wonder concoction of tequila, blue Curacao and pineapple, this drink makes an elegant addition to any affair.

Ingredients:
½ ounce blue Curacao
1 ½ ounces silver tequila
Pineapple juice

Preparation:
Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

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