July 24th is National Tequila Day! Grab your squad and break out your shaker; it’s time to celebrate. ¡Salud!


  1. Classic Margarita

Ice cubes

3 ounces tequila

2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice

1 ounce Simple Syrup (mix 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water and cook on low heat until dissolved)

1/2 to 1 teaspoon orange liqueur

1 tablespoon lime-salt-sugar (blend or food process the zest of one lime, 1 tablespoons of kosher salt and 2 tablespoons of sugar)

How to make it:

The most well-known of tequila cocktails, this drink that stirs up a bit of trouble at night takes rather little effort to prepare. First, chill your rocks or margarita glass. Grab a cocktail shaker and fill it up with ice. Add all of the ingredients except for the lime-salt-sugar and shake for 30 seconds (or until the shaker gets sweaty). Grab the chilled glasses, place the rim on the lime-salt-sugar and then strain the margarita right in.


  1. Tequila Sunrise

1 1/2 ounces tequila

3/4 cup orange juice

3/4 ounce grenadine syrup

Orange slice, for garnish

High-quality maraschino cherry, such as Luxardo, for garnish

How to make it:

Tequila Sunrise is an effortless drink to prepare. Fill a highball glass with ice and pour in the tequila and orange juice. Then slowly on the side of the glass, pour the grenadine to let it seamlessly settle at the bottom. Garnish and serve!


  1. Juan Collins

1 1/2 ounces tequila

1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 ounce agave nectar

Club soda

Lemon or lime wedge for garnish

How to make it:

Tom Collins, meet your cousin from Mexico, Juan Collins. While the two don’t differ very much besides the main liquor used, we recommend you grab some high quality tequila and enjoy the ride. Simply pour the tequila, lemon juice and nectar into a highball glass filled with ice and stir. Then top off with club soda and a lemon wedge and you’re all set.


  1. Tequini

1 ½ ounces tequila

½ ounce dry vermouth

Dash of bitters


Olive for garnish

How to make it:

If the most interesting man in the world did drink a martini, he’d probably have its not-so-distant cousin, the Tequini. Just get yourself a shaker with ice, place the tequila, dry vermouth and bitters in and stir. Once well-mixed, serve in a martini glass and garnish with an olive.


  1. Bloody Maria

1/2 ounces tequila

1/2 cup tomato juice

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/8 teaspoon celery salt

Worcestershire sauce, to taste

Tabasco, to taste

Garnish: 1 celery rib and 1 lime wedge

How to make it:

If you’re seeking hair of the dog, look no further than this Bloody Mary concoction with a tequila twist. Grab that handy cocktail shaker, mix all of the ingredients except for the garnish with ice and shake away. Pour into a highball glass and garnish with celery and a lime wedge and enjoy a serving of vegetables for the day.


  1. Toronha

2 ounces Grapefruit Juice

2 ounces Tequila

1/2 ounce Triple Sec


2 dashes Grenadine

1 cup ice

How to make it:

Satisfy the taste for something tart with this popular drink from Mexico. For those those that love grapefruits, this will satisfy that fruity sour quench. Simply blend all the ingredients until smooth and pour into a hurricane glass.


  1. Mayan Mule


2 ounces Milagro Reposado Tequila

1/2 ounce Lime Juice

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

3 ounces Ginger Beer

Mint Sprigs and Lime Wheel, for garnish

How to make it:

If you like the refreshing feeling that you get from a Moscow Mule, head over closer to the equator with this tequila version. Grab a Collins glass, throw in 2-3 ice cubes and add all of the ingredients except for the garnish. Stir, baby, stir, then garnish and cool off with this tasty rendition.


  1. Little Dragon

3/4 ounce Tequila Don Julio Blanco

1/4 ounce Green Pepper Jalapeño Hot Sauce

1/4 ounce Agave nectar

3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

6 ounces Lager

Pinch of Celery Salt

Lime wheel for garnish

How to make it:

Add some texture and spice with this unusual concoction, which brings two things that go great with Mexican food: tequila and beer. Get the cocktail shaker filled with ice and mix everything but the lager. Then strain the blend into a highball glass with ice, pour the lager in and garnish with a lime wheel.


  1. Blackberry Sage Tequila Smash

2 ounces tequila

1 ounce  grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed)

3 large blackberries

8 sage leaves

2 cane sugar cubes

Crushed ice

How to make it:

An herbaceous and sweet cocktail, this pretty purple drink is great addition to your brunch party. Simply add the blackberries, sage and sugar cubes to a cocktail shaker and muddle away. Then add the tequila, grapefruit juice and crushed ice and give it a strong shake. Pour right into a rocks glass or mason jar and garnish with sage.


  1. Hornitos Holiday Horchata

1 oz Hornitos Plata Tequila
1⁄2 oz Coconut water
1⁄2 oz Almond milk

How to make it:

Horchata, a sweet yet mild vanilla-like milky beverage, is an invigorating drink frequented by many Mexicans. Similar to how Americans often spike cider, we have a spiked version of horchata. Chill some shot glasses and then cover the rim with cinnamon and sugar. Add the remaining ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and give it a shake. Strain and pour into the shot glass. Bottoms up!




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