It’s national Tequila Day on July 24, as if people needed another reason to enjoy a Margarita or other agave-spirit concoction on a summer Friday. As with everything this summer, this Tequila Day seems a little weird—all the more reason to kick back with a special cocktail. Here are seven to consider.
Lemon Basil Margarita
1 oz. Cointreau
1 ½ oz. Blanco tequila
½ oz. Fresh lemon juice
½ oz. Fresh lime juice
3 Basil leaves
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon slide and a basil leaf.
The mixologists at Cointreau created this recipe.
3 oz. Beet soda
2 oz. Avion Silver tequila
1 oz. Spiced Barberry syrup
1 oz. Fresh lime juice
Shake all ingredients together then strain into glass with regular ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and marigold flowers.
Melissa Reigle, beverage manager at Byblos Miami, created this recipe.
1 ½ oz. Exotico Reposado Tequila
1 oz. Arrow White crème de cocoa
½ oz. Café Lolita
1 oz. Cream
Nutmeg for garnish
Add all ingredients to a blender with a cup of ice. Blend until smooth. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg
Luxco cocktail specialist Dustin Parres created this recipe.
Bahía de Zapata
1 ½ oz. Cazadores Reposado tequila
½ oz. Aperol
1 oz. Strawberry Kaffir lime infusion.
1 oz. Lime juice
3 drops Habanero tincture
Rim a Collins glass halfway with tajin. Combine ingredients and shake. Pour into glass with ice.
Valentina Moya, beverage director at Waterbar in San Francisco, created this recipe.
2 oz. Espolon Blanco tequila
½ oz. Monin hibiscus syrup
1 oz. Orange juice
½ oz. Lime juice
Build drink in tin, add ice, shake, strain over fresh ice.
The mixologists at Espolon created this recipe.
2 oz. Herradura Silver tequila
1 oz. Agave nectar
2 medium-sized Strawberries
4 pieces (2-inch) ripped Basil
2 oz. Fresh lime juice
Combine ingredients and shake. Pour into Margarita glass and garnish with a strawberry and basil leaf.
The mixologists at Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar created this recipe.
1 ½ oz. Patrón Reposado tequila
1 oz. Patrón Citronge Mango liqueur
¾ oz. Lime
¾ oz. Honey
One whole banana
2 cups of ice
Combine all ingredients into a blender with ice. Blend until smooth. Garnish with banana dolphin.
The mixologists at Patrón created this recipe.