6 Amazing Tequila Cocktails You Didn’t Know How to Make
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Carpe Dia Cocktail
"Seize the day" with this fruity and fresh tequila cocktail.
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Yep, it's exactly what it sounds like. This jalapeño take on the margarita is made with fresh jalapeño slices.
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The Toasted Macaroon Cocktail
Better have some real toasted macaroons on hand, because this cocktail will only make you crave them more.
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Booty Call Cocktail
Yes, a hilarious name and tequila might spur some interesting conversations.
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Strawberry Basil Margarita
This margarita features a combination of sweet strawberry and fresh basil, and can be served with a half sugar rim or the classic salted rim.
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The Sugar Cookie Cocktail
Sugar cookie cocktail to go with your holiday dessert? The sugary sweet cocktail is made with Partida tequila.
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18 Popular Drinks Every Bartender Should Know
We scoured the internet. We talked to every bartender we know.
And we put together an epic bartender drink recipes and bartender drinks list. We broke them down by three categories. You don't need a bartending license to master them.
First, we included common cocktails or common drinks. These are the most popular cocktails out there. They’re common drinks because everyone orders them.
Second, we’ve got basic cocktails. These are cocktails that people love that are also remarkably easy to make. You’ve likely already stocked a full bar liquor list with everything you’ll need. If not, you'll learn the 86 meaning pretty quickly.
And finally, there are the classic drinks. These may not be the most popular or the easiest, but every bartender worth their salt knows them, and they’re profitable cocktails. They’re just in the genetics of bartending.
For each cocktail on the list, we included the ingredients, the steps, and some arguably interesting information. We also included a few quick tips to make each cocktail sing, from suggested glassware to popular substitutions. So if you’re looking for bartender drinks, here you go. These are the 18 drinks bartenders should know—from common mix drinks to classic cocktails featuring different types of alcohol.
For further mixological reading, check out our in-depth seasonal guides for spring cocktails, summer cocktails, fall cocktails, and winter cocktails.
The Old Fashioned is a classic, strong cocktail for whiskey drinkers.
"Every cocktail-drinking adult should have a few classics up their sleeve. A well-built Old Fashioned is a must, this cocktail has been around since the 1800s for a reason," Levine said.
McAllister agreed, noting that this is the classic cocktail. "If a bar can't make this right, don't order cocktails there," he chided. "Its origins date back to pre-prohibition. It's delicious, powerful, and if made correctly oh-so-soothing."
According to the New York Times, this drink takes a mere two minutes to make and involves just four ingredients: a sugar cube, Angostura bitters, rye whiskey or bourbon, and an orange twist. McAllister notes that twisting the orange peel is a necessity as it splashes the citrus' essential oils into the drink.
"There should never be any muddled fruit in this cocktail," McAllister told Insider. "Two ounces of whiskey (preferably bourbon or rye), .25 ounces of simple syrup (or a sugar cube), and a few (no more than three) dashes of bitters. Stirred, never shaken, poured over ice, and garnished with a citrus peel of your choice."
8 Things Every Tequila Lover Should Know
And why you should never keep it in the freezer.
If your favorite cocktail is a margarita, and tequila is your booze of choice, you might as well know the best way to drink the liquor. For that, there's Antonio Rodriguez, director of production at Patrón Tequila, who wants you to live your best tequila-filled life.
Here, Rodriguez shares eight interesting facts you can use to impress your #squad the next time you order a round of shots. (Except Rodriguez says shots aren't the best way to drink tequila &mdash read on to find out why &mdash and remember that if you are going to drink, do so in moderation.)
1. You shouldn&rsquot store tequila in sunlight.
If you&rsquore not planning on throwing back an entire bottle of tequila in one night (which, please don&rsquot), it&rsquos a good idea to store opened bottles in a cabinet or anywhere that's not in direct sunlight.
&ldquoIf you don&rsquot expose the bottle to the sun, it will last a year,&rdquo Rodriguez says. If you do let it sit in the sun, he says, the alcohol will begin to evaporate, and the flavor will suffer. Even one or two days in the sun will affect the tequila's taste, he says.
2. True fans don&rsquot keep tequila in the freezer.
Rodriguez says that while you can put tequila in the freezer (because you can do whatever you'd like with your bottle), he feels it's a trend that ruins the drinking experience.
"[The tequila] will be too cold for you to smell the aromas," he says. "When you're [drinking] a high-quality tequila, you want it room temperature, so you can get the aromas and components tequila is made of."
3. Moderate amounts of high-quality tequila won&rsquot make your head pound.
"High-quality tequila is properly distilled and won&rsquot give you a headache,&rdquo says Rodriguez. (High-quality = not the $10 bottle you used to take shots in college.)
The distilling process for well-made tequila, which is made from an agave plant that has aged for at least seven years (to give the alcohol the best possible flavor), is controlled to eliminate components that might cause headaches.
"Before processing the agave, you have to pull the leaves out of it so that it ends up looking similar to a pineapple," Rodriguez says. If all the leaves aren't removed, then waxes are left over, and the resulting tequila won't be as pure. Impure tequila = pounding headaches.
4. Taking shots isn't the traditional way to drink tequila.
&ldquoIf you&rsquore spending your money on high-quality tequila to [serve] shots, you&rsquore not getting the proper drinking experience,&rdquo Rodriguez says.
Instead, Rodriguez recommends treating tequila like a fine wine. "You're not supposed to take a shot and be done with it," he says. Want to drink tequila like a boss? Try sipping it slowly, so you can enjoy the flavor notes and aromas, he says.
5. Yes, there's more to tequila than margarita cocktails.
&ldquoBartenders are learning about tequila and understanding the different flavor profiles to create good cocktails,&rdquo Rodriguez says. &ldquoIt&rsquos a spirit that can create much more than a margarita with really, really good results.&rdquo
Rodriguez prefers a Jalisco Mule for his tequila cocktail, which is similar to a Moscow mule &mdash a cocktail made with vodka, spicy ginger beer, and lime juice.
6. Making a great tequila takes seven years.
"Tequila takes seven years to process, making [it] a spirit with a complicated raw material," Rodriguez says. "In those seven years, the plant needs to develop the sugars, and if you process it any earlier, you're not going to have enough sugar, and the flavor notes will be off."
Seven years! That's a long time. Think of where you were seven years ago. (I was awkward and in high school.)
7. . and seven days.
When the agave is finally ready, it's brought into the distillery to be cooked. Rodriguez says Patrón uses a slow-cooking process, which takes a week. "You put the agave inside an oven and stick it there for three days so it can develop all of the sweetness that the plant took seven years to develop," he says. "After those three days, you have to crush the agave to make those sugars available, for another three days."
Finally, it's time to ferment for a day, the metabolic process that converts sugar to alcohol. "So you have seven years to plant, seven days to process, and after that, you have your silver tequila," Rodriguez says.
8. Tequila can only come from Mexico.
Just like Champagne can only come from Champagne, France, tequila can only come from Mexico, and is most commonly produced in the state of Jalisco, located in Western Mexico. "It's not only the plant [that produces tequila] but a select region," says Rodriguez.
- 2 ounces tequila
- 4 ounces tomato juice
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/2 tablespoon prepared horseradish, to taste
- 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 2 dashes of Tabasco sauce
- 2 dashes Tapatio hot sauce
- 1 pinch celery salt
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- Garnish: lime wedge
- Garnish: lemon wedge
- Garnish: cucumber spear
- Garnish: sweet pepper slices
- Garnish: jalapeño pepper slices
Add the tequila, tomato juice, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, Tapatio, celery salt, and black pepper to a shaker and fill with ice.
Shake briefly and strain into a pint glass filled with fresh ice.
Garnish with a lime wedge, a lemon wedge, a cucumber spear, and a skewer of sweet pepper slices, jalapeño slices.
Learn how to perfect a sour.
“I would argue that everyone should learn how to build a standard sour,” Levine told Insider. “Mastering the basic balance between sugar, sour, and spirit is key to getting creative with your own cocktails at home. So many drinks come out of understanding and tweaking this triad, such as the Daiquiri (Rum, lime, simple) or a Bee’s Knees (Gin, lemon, honey).”
Although Levine doesn’t specify a specific sour recipe, you may want to find one that includes your liquor of choice and go from there. A popular choice is the Whiskey Sour, made with two ounces of bourbon, 3/4 ounce lime juice, half an ounce of simple syrup, and the optional egg white garnished with Angostura bitters. Once you nail the combination of sour and sweet, you have the base to create a plethora of other cocktails.
23 Tequilas You&rsquoll Want to Sip All Summer Long
Happy summer! And by that I mean happy time of year when I can down a pitcher of margaritas by 4 p.m. and not be judged at all. RIGHT?!
Everyone knows that an ice-cold marg is as much of a summer staple as sunscreen, but there's so much more we can do with tequila than mix it with lime and Cointreau (if you know, you know). That could mean straight shots of tequila or a fun Paloma. Whatever you decide to go with, the tequila you choose is the most important part.
Did you know that there are three different variations of tequila? Because I sure didn't. Blanco is the one you're probably most familiar with&mdashit's the clear one! Reposado generally rests for two months to a year in an oak barrel before being bottled. And Añejo tequila is aged for at least one year and up to three years. The extended aging process gives the tequila a darker color and a richer, more complex flavor.
Now that our tequila lesson is done for the day (fun, right?!) and you know all the
, it's time to impress your friends with your new-found knowledge and appreciation for the agave-aged deliciousness that is tequila. If you're just looking for a pretty bottle to throw on your bar cart or something to make your margaritas stand out, browse the options listed below to figure out which one is right for you.
15 Summertime Tequila Cocktails To Enjoy Poolside
Made from the blue agave plant, tequila is exactly the kind of sip to go for when celebrating the warmer months. In a margarita or on its own, its pairs well with Taco Tuesdays or sometimes they’re sweet enough to enjoy as dessert. We’ve scoured the blogosphere and picked out some of our favorite creations. Check out these 15 summertime tequila cocktails you should be enjoy poolside this season!
1. Strawberry Basil Lime Cooler
You can actually create this cocktail in a variety of ways – but tequila is one of our favorite combinations. Find the rest of the instructions by hopping over to Making Thyme for Health. It ‘s really one of those more refreshing and sophisticated of flavor combinations.
2. Key Lime Margarita
What’s a more quintissential summertime dessert than key lime pie? Well, with a bit of help from Lemonade With Zest you’ll be able to take all the best parts of that sweetness and put it in a cocktail! Grab the details after the jump.
3. Bee’s Knees
Over at Lakeside Table, you’ll find the ingredients to the bee’s knees cocktail. If you didn’t know, this creation came about during the prohibition and make with gin. But it’s evolved into a tequila bout of deliciousness we think you’ll love.
4. Thai Lemongrass Margarita
Zestful Kitchen has something a bit outside the box in flavor but still fitting the summertime – tequila – bill. There’s ginger, there’s lemongrass, and there’s some cilantro too which also blends nicely with a bout of tequila. And it’s sweetened with some natural agave nectar.
5. Rhubarb Paloma
Palomas are traditional made by mixing tequila with lime juice and some sort fo grapefruit-flavored soda – and garnished with a lime wedge. But here, at Posh Little Designs, you get a bout of rhubarb in the mix. More specifically, this one was made with some rhubarb simple syrup (homemade syrup that is).
6. Raspberry Fizz
If you’re a fan of fizz and a fan of raspberry, then you’ll definitely be up for trying this fun pairing. And that fizz comes from a bit of champagne – yes, champange is included in this one! It’s perfect for celebrating throughout the summer months. We found the recipe over at Batter in the Bowl!
7. Blackberry Punch
Blackberries can be fun to create a cocktail around and the flavor goes well with tequila too! That’s why there are so many different kinds of blackberry margarita recipes floating around. But this sumertime punch found at Liquor.com is a surefire winner and your guests will love it. Punch by the pool is too perfect of a pairing.
8. Cantaloupe Margarita
For a really light, summertime treat and a spin on a traditional sip, try our this one from Country Cleaver. It’s a margarita made with cantaloupe at the forefront of the recipe. And yes, we’re using fresh melon for this one.
9. Raspberry Lemonade Margarita
Raspberry lemonade is fun on its own – so serve that up to the kids. But take the mix for the adults and kick it up a notch. Snag the details on turning that summertime into a cocktail by visiting Healthy Blab.
10. Pineapple Mojito
Mojitos are a fan favorite around here. Classics are delicious and strawberry mojitos can really add a sweet twist to the sip. But, at Cooking LSL, you’ll learn how to make that sweet twist even sweeter and more in tune with your summertime flair by adding pineapple.
11. Strawberry Sodas
Sugar and Charm turned a strawberry soda into the perfect poolside cocktail. There’s a bit of sweetness, there’s a lot of fizz, and there’s the right amount of kick too, of course. Grab all the instruction behind the mix after the jump.
12. Blueberry Basil Margarita
Blueberry is fun – but it’s even more fun – and sophisticated – when you add some fresh basil. Supergolden Bakes turned a magarita into a masterpiece with this one. There’s a wholesome freshness about this one that we’re loving.
13. Jalapeno Cilantro Sunrise
There’s mango, there’s cilantro, and there’s a kick of jalapeno that makes this the perfect sweet and spicy mixture. The Miami Rose knocked our socks off with this one and teaches us how to make a batch all the friends and fam can try at the next get-together.
14. Spicy Peach Sour
Restless Chipotle took summer’s favorite fruit and turned it into a fun sip too. A bit of sweetness and a bit of spice makes a great pairing for your next get together with the gals.
15. Ginger Mint Julep
Brit + Co has a leveled up julep within their midst and we’re in love. A bout of tequila makes this sip shine and will surely cool you off and send you into refreshing sights for the summertime. Grab the recipe after the jump.
7. The Singapore Sling
Although the original recipe for the Singapore sling was lost decades ago, this cocktail is still famous and popular around the world. Bartenders have tried to recreate the original recipe as best as they can based on memories of the cocktail's flavor, so you might encounter slightly different recipes in different establishments.
- 3 ounces pineapple juice
- 1½ ounces gin
- ½ ounce Cherry Heering or cherry brandy
- ¼ ounce Benedictine
- ¼ ounce Cointreau
- ¼ ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- Crushed ice
- Pineapple wedge and a cherry
- Add all the liquid ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake.
- Strain the drink into a chilled Collins or highball glass, and garnish with a pick of pineapple and cherry.
There’s nothing messy about this simply sweet sangria tequila cocktail from One Sweet Mess. Its perky pink hue comes from slightly sweeter red wine, orange liqueur, fresh orange and lime juices, and Azuñia Blanco organic tequila. This cocktail is sure to liven and lighten up any party.
*In case you didn’t know, “ Sangrita ” is technically a juice drink that uses orange, lime, and tomato juice as a palate cleanser when drinking tequila neat. In the case of the One Sweet Mess’ delicious drink featured here, it’s merely a play on words and fun name for a funky cocktail.