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 tequila1 ounce fresh lime juice½ ounce Triple sec orange liqueurSalt 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 tequila4 ounces orange juice½ ounce grenadineOrange 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.
Simple and refreshing, this drink is one of the easiest and classic tequila-inspired cocktails.
Ingredients:2 ounces Blanco tequila6 ounces grapefruit soda½ 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 tequilaTomato juiceA dash of lime juice1 teaspoon horseradish1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (optional)3 dashes Worcestershire sauce3 dashes Tabasco sauce3 dashes pepper3 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 juice2 ounces tequila2 ounces Grand Marnier orange liqueur1 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.
Toronha comes from the Spanish word taranja, meaning grapefruit. Grapefruit is one of the best fruit flavors to pair with tequila.
Ingredients:2 ounces tequila2 ounces grapefruit juice½ ounce Triple sec orange liqueur1 tablespoon grenadine¾ 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 Liqueur2 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 tequila1 ounce agave nectar1 ounce lemon juiceClub 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.
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 tequila½ ounce vermouthA 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.
A wonder concoction of tequila, blue Curacao and pineapple, this drink makes an elegant addition to any affair.
Ingredients:½ ounce blue Curacao1 ½ ounces silver tequilaPineapple 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.