Tequila Cocktails That Aren’t Margaritas
Margaritas are great and we love them. A little happy hour situation with chips and guac on the side? A perfect marriage. But if you don’t share our joy for tequila, triple sec and lime on the rocks (or frozen, if you get down like that), there are other excellent ways to enjoy Mexico’s signature spirit. Expand your horizons with these tequila cocktails that aren’t margaritas.
Banco de Mexico
This tequila drink is a crafty take on the traditional mint julep. Instead of bourbon and mint, the Banco de Mexico gets tequila and its smoky sister mezcal. It also gets a little creme de cacao for a hint of both chocolate and vanilla. Talk about a variety of flavors!
The Café Olé combines two of life's greatest nectars: coffee and tequila. It's also really easy to make, with only four ingredients in total (tequila, oat milk, cold brew and hazelnut). We suppose you could probably use whatever milk you want, but oak milk is all the rage right now, so why not?
Corralejo Tequila Tropical
This cocktail is like a tropical snow cone for adults. The tequila is complemented by pineapple and lime juices, plus some simple syrup (sugar) and bitters for balance.
Cinco de Derby
It's all in a name, and as "Cinco de Derby" suggests, this cocktail was created with Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby in mind. The recipe — by Instagram-famous Apartment Bartender Elliott Clark — includes and unlikely combination of Champagne and tequila, plus blackberry, cinnamon and lime.
Watermelon Basil Punch
This recipe combines tequila with some of the best flavors of summer: watermelon, basil and lemon. It's pretty and refreshing, and it’s perfect for sipping with a group of friends on a warm days.
Wealth in Division
This handcrafted drink was created by Al Sotack, a bartender at Jupiter Disco in Brooklyn, New York. He says: "Wealth in Division gives a tribute to the adorned agave spirits of Mexico. This cocktail is bright, elegant and complex with a touch of heat."
A Good Old-Fashioned Shot
Put some hair on your chest before you head to the bar or end the night with a little salt and lime. This no-frills option will certainly get you drunk and help you lose weight, according to science. Separate studies show that taking a shot of tequila could help lower your cholesterol and aid digestion. It’s also gluten free! So if you have a sensitivity, you’re good. The best part of all? You can get one at each and every one of the 150 best bars in America.
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