National Tequila Day is Sunday, July 24. With a global market value estimated to be worth $8.15 billion dollars according to Statista, you can bet there will be plenty of people enjoying this favorite agave spirit.
We’ve rounded up some tequila (and mezcal!) cocktail recipes for you and your bar guests to enjoy on this National Tequila Day.
Gran Centenario Cucumber Lime Margarita
1.5 oz Gran Centenario Plata
1.5 oz Fresh lime juice
3.0 oz Cucumber juice
0.5 oz Simple Syrup (2:1) or 0.75 Simple Syrup (1:1) for less sweet
1/2 Sliced jalapeño, seeded and diced
Garnish: Lime wedge and jalapeño
Place jalapeño slices in a shaker and muddle. Add rest of ingredients, add ice. Shake and strain into an ice filled 12 oz rocks glass.
Photo & recipe by Gran Centenario.
Cutwater Spirits Oaxaca Old Fashioned
1.5oz Cutwater Reposado Tequila
.5oz Cutwater Mezcal
.25oz agave syrup
1 dash angostura bitters
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange zest.
Recipe courtesy of Cutwater Spirits.
Tanteo Tequila Fresa Spritz
1 ½ oz. Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila
1 oz. Strawberry Syrup (i.e. Monin)
3/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 Sprig of thyme
Splash of Prosecco
Add all ingredients in a shaker. Shake well and double strain into a ice filled old fashioned glass. Top with a splash of Prosecco. Garnish with a strawberry.
Recipe courtesy of Tanteo Tequila.
Los Arango Amante Picante
2 oz. Los Arango Blanco Tequila
¼ oz. Roasted Pineapple & Habanero Agave Nectar
4 Dashes Cilantro Tincture
2 Drops Saline Rocks Ice
Combine all ingredients, except for the lime oil, into a cocktail shaker and shake thoroughly. Rim a rocks glass with Tajín and add fresh ice. Hawthorne strain the cocktail into the glass, then top off with a few drops of lime oil, a torched pineapple wedge, and a habanero pepper slice.
Recipe courtesy of Los Arango Tequila.
Corralejo Blood Orange Margarita
2 oz. Corralejo Reposado
2 oz. Blood Orange Juice
1⁄2 oz. Lime Juice
1⁄2 oz. Agave Nectar
Combine ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a blood orange wheel. Salt rim.
Recipe courtesy of Corralejo Tequila.
1 ½ oz Casamigos Mezcal
¾ oz Ancho Reyes
2 oz Pomegranate Juice
1 oz Luxardo Cherry Juice
½ oz Lemon Juice
Shake all ingredients and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
Recipe by Andaz West Hollywood.
Fresh Agave Margarita
3 oz Fresh Victor Mexican Lime & Agave
1.5-2 oz blanco or reposado tequila, or mezcal
Lime Wedge (optional garnish)
Salt (optional rim)
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker full of ice, shake well, and strain over fresh ice in a short glass or up into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge (Salted rim optional –use fine grain salt and only apply salt to the outside rim, avoiding salt inside the glass as this will keep your drink from becoming too salty).
Recipe by Fresh Victor.
Espolòn Spicy Margarita
45 ml Espolòn Blanco or Reposado
15 ml of Ancho Reyes Verde
30 ml Fresh Lime Juice
10 ml agave syrup (depending on sweetness)
Sea salt crust rim (half rim is a good option)
Lime peel or wedge
Shake ingredients with plenty of ice, double strain in a coupette. Garnish with lime peel/wedge.
Recipe by Espolòn.
1.25oz premium tequila infused with butterfly pea tea*
0.5oz fresh squeezed lime juice
Topped with sparkling grapefruit soda
1 liter of tequila, add a quarter cup of dry butterfly pea tea and let it rest for 3 hours, strain the dry flower and bottle the tequila. The tequila should be now blue. In a tall glass, add tequila, ice and lime juice. Top it off with grapefruit soda and garnish with a lime wheel and edible flower.
Photo: Andrea by FujiFilmGirl / Breakwater Hospitality Group. Recipe by CH’I Brickell
Rivertail Spicy Mango Margarita
1.25oz premium tequila
0.5oz chilli liquor
1oz mango purée
1oz fresh squeezed lime juice
0.5oz spicy agave
Add all ingredients in a shaker and shake for 30 seconds. Rim glass with tajin and serve over fresh ice. Garnish with dehydrated mango slice.
Recipe by Rivertail.
JAJA Cran-Apple Cooler
1 ½ oz. JAJA Reposado
2 oz. Cranberry cocktail
Dry hard apple cider, to top
Combine all ingredients in a rocs glass with ice. Garnish with an apple slice fan.
Recipe by JAJA.
1.5 oz Patrón Reposado
3 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
.5 oz Agave syrup (1:1)
.5 oz Fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 oz Sparkling water
Sugar and salt for rimming
Grapefruit wedge for garnish
Combine all ingredients except sparkling water in a shaker tin and shake with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice in a sugar and salt rimmed collins glass. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.
Recipe by Patrón Tequila.
2 oz Teremana Blanco
2 oz Lemonade
.25 tsp Grenadine
2 oz Soda Water
Garnish: Lemon wheel
Combine Teremana Blanco, lemonade and soda water in a highball glass with cube ice. Top with grenadine.
Recipe by Teremana Tequila.
2 oz 818 Tequila
1 oz Liquid Alchemist Tamarind
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz Organic Agave”
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over ice. Garnish with dry Tamrind fruit.
Courtesy of Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles.