Tequila, with its very distinctive flavor, is distilled from the agave plant, a desert plant that takes seven years to mature. Mention tequila and the first thing that comes to mind is likely that quintessential south of the border-themed cocktail, the margarita. The list of concoctions spans well beyond variations on this popular tequila concoction, and these are a few of the tequila drinks in Philadelphia we know you’ll want to try.
Crow and the Pitcher
267 S. 19th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Juice Diet: If you are juicing to stay healthy, the last thing you might add to your liquid menu is tequila. But tequila it is at Crow and the Pitcher, even if you are riding this trending wave. What’s the secret, you may wonder? None really, it would seem. The formula for Juice Diet at Crow & the Pitcher is much like a traditional juicing recipe, with kale, lemon juice and honey-ginger syrup, all blended with reposado tequila for that finishing touch.
121 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Pink Cadillac: Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, with a special brunch on Sunday mornings, El Vez is a savory fusion of traditional and edgy. The Pink Cadillac Margarita at El Vez is just one of a number of fantastic margaritas and mixers this side of the border. Triple sec, lime and cranberry juices, fresh orange and silver tequila are blended to make the Pink Cadillac, which is best enjoyed by sipping as you savor one of a number of specially crafted, Mexican-inspired dishes, like the crab and cactus salsa.
19 W. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Burro Gordo: From King crab tacos to bacon guacamole, Sancho Pistola’s offers up a number of blended favorites that will surprise and delight the senses. The Burro Gordo (which in Spanish means the fat donkey) is just one of several specialty cocktails at Santo Pistola’s that features tequila. This particular drink is a blend of tropical delight meets we mean business. Mixing tequila with whiskey is not for the lightweight, but the sweet, fruitiness of the agave and pineapple that are mixed into this concoction may tell you otherwise.
1602 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Alma Blanca: Delicious food paired with premium tequila is the star of David Suro’s restaurant, which features his very own label of tequila. Suro, who grew up in Jalisco, Mexico and went to school with children of the local agave farmers and producers of tequila, is credited with bringing traditional Mexican fare to the City of Brotherly Love. Before Suro’s arrival, the norm had been “Tex-Mex.” The Alma Blanca is one of many specialty drinks served up at Tequilas and consists of siembra azul blanco tequila infused with muddled corn, habanero, herbs and pineapple to create an unforgettable concoction.
402 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Amarillo: As warm and inviting as this restaurant appears from the outside, the atmosphere indoors is even warmer, especially if you happen to be sipping on one of the many specially crafted signature tequila drinks at Xochitl, like the Amarillo. This cocktail is simple and complex at the same time. Tequila, served on the rocks, is infused with pineapple, a bit of fresh mint and freshly squeezed lemon juice and a pineapple garnish.
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