Tequila

6 Cocktails to Enjoy for National Tequila Day

National Tequila Day is July 24th and there's no better way to celebrate than by drinking tequila-based cocktails. Give one of these cocktails a try at home or out a bar to celebrate National Tequila Day!

1. Paloma

The Paloma, not the Margarita, is Mexico's most beloved cocktail. It's most commonly prepared by mixing tequila with a grapefruit-flavored soda and served on the rocks with a lime wedge.

Ingredients: 

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 grapefruit wedge
  • ¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup club soda

Instructions: 

  1. Pour some kosher salt on a plate. Rub half of rim of a highball glass with grapefruit wedge; dip rim of glass in salt.
  2. Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, and sugar in glass; stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Stir in tequila, add ice, and top off with club soda.
  4. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.
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2. Bloody Maria

Move over vodka. This is tequila-based version of the beloved Bloody Mary.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lemon wedge
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 1⁄2 oz Don Julio Reposado Tequila
  • 6 drops of Tabasco Hot Pepper Sauce
  • 8 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch Celery salt
  • 1 tsp Ground horseradish
  • 2 tsp Lime juice
  • 8 oz Tomato juice

Instructions:

  1. Rub the lemon wedge along the rim of a highball glass and discard. Coat the rim with black pepper.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice.
  3. Stir, and garnish with another lemon wedge and skewered cherry tomatoes.
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3. Tequila Old Fashioned

Instead of bourbon or whiskey, substitute tequila and enjoy!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • 2 slices blood orange, plus peel for garnish
  • 3 oz. reposado tequila, such as Milagro
  • 1-2 dashes bitters

Instructions:

  1. Muddle agave and orange slices in a cocktail shaker; add tequila and ice.
  2. Stir until well-chilled and strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice.
  3. Add bitters and garnish with orange peel.
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4. Tequini

Switch out the traditional gin for a spin on a tequila martini.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ Parts Tequila
  • 1 Dash Dry Vermouth
  • 1 Dash Orange Bitters
  • 1 Whole Green Olive

Instructions:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes. Add all ingredients.
  2. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a green olive.
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5. Sangrita

The Sangrita is the classic accompaniment to a shot of good tequila.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Lime juice
  • 6 oz Orange juice
  • 6 oz Grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 15 oz Tomato juice
  • 2 oz Tabasco sauce
  • 1 Jalapeño pepper, halved (with seeds)

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a pitcher and stir until the salt dissolves.
  2. Let stand for 15 to 30 minutes and then remove and discard the jalapeño. (The longer the jalapeño infuses, the spicier the Sangrita will be.)
  3. Store in the refrigerator. Serve as an accompaniment to shots of tequila.
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6. Juan Collins

The Juan Collins is a twist on the Classic Tom Collins cocktail. Instead of gin, use tequila and you're good to go.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Tequila
  • 1 oz. (30ml) Freshly Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz. (15ml) Agave Syrup
  • Top with Soda Water
  • Garnish: Lemon Slice

Instructions:

  1. Build in collins glass filled with ice.
  2. Garnish with a lemon slice and enjoy!
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Curious about how tequila's made? Learn all about it here.

Cocktail of the Month: Passion Fruit Margarita

From mixologist Aaron Joseph of Baltimore, MD, this margarita incorporates a spiced passion fruit syrup with classic margarita ingredients and a little bit of heat. It's a twist on a classic recipe and perfect for sipping, especially if you enjoy fruity margaritas. 

Aaron's Passion Fruit Margarita is in the running for Patron's Margarita of the Year competition! You can vote once every day until April 16th! Click here and vote for his Passion Fruit Margarita today!

Margarita Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Patrón Silver
  • .5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
  • .75 oz Spiced passion fruit syrup*
  • .5 oz Lime juice
  • Add Orange wedge, jalapeño coin & mint sprig for garnish

*Spiced passion fruit syrup ingredients:

  • 1000 g Turbinado sugar
  • 500 g Water
  • 200 g Sliced jalapeño
  • 750 g Passion fruit puree (such as Boiron)
  • Boil water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add jalapeño, turn on low heat and allow syrup to reduce for 15 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool, with jalapeño. Once cool, strain and add passion fruit puree, stirring to combine. Store refrigerated one week.

Instructions:

  1. Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill.
  2. Strain onto fresh ice in a double old fashioned glass.
  3. Garnish with mint sprig, jalapeño slice, and orange half-moon while reading The (Baltimore) Sun.
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Cheers!