Sunday, June 16, 2024

The Best Simple Tequila Cocktails

Perfect for Cinco de Mayo, weekends, long lunches and just to enjoy while hanging out…tequila will treat you right!

Tequila is very popular for good reason…good tequila can treat you right. 2021 was its year when it passed whiskey as the second most popular liquor. It only stands behind vodka. Celebrity tequila’s have been a huge help with George Clooney selling his Casamigos brand for $1 billion.

If you are thinking about staying in swimsuit shape, tequila is your friend – chilled and straight up is great. At 97 calories a shot, its is one of the best to drink. And it has 0g of carbs, 0g of fat per serving, and 0g of saturated fat.

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So to celebrate its success, here are the best simple tequila cocktails.  And for your information, all tequila is mezcal. The term mezcal refers to spirits made from the agave plant, while tequila refers to a specific type of mezcal that can only be made from blue Weber agave in five Mexican states. Reposado tequila stays in the barrel for a duration of 2 months to a year, depending on the flavor profile a distiller is looking to achieve.

Margarita
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Paloma

This is a classic simple cocktail to make you happy.  The oragin is a bit murky but is generally credited to Javier Delgado Corona, owner of the oldest bar in Jalisco – La Capilla. More importantly – you will be just thankful for this drink and it its refreshing feeling.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice, plus wedges for garnish
  • 2 ounces sparkling water
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • ¼ ounce agave nectar or simple syrup, or to taste
  • Coarse sea salt, for the rim of the glasses
  • Ice

Create

  • Salt the rim of the glass by rubbing a grapefruit wedge around the edge and dipping it onto a small plate of salt.
  • Mix the tequila, grapefruit juice, sparkling water, lime juice, and agave nectar into the glass. Fill the remainder of the glass with ice. Adjust sweetness to taste. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

Mexican Mule

The Moscow Mule is a go to for some…but what about a warmer more flavorful replacement?

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz. Tequila Silver or Reposado
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 wedge pineapple
  • 4 oz. ginger beer

Create

  1. Combine the lime wedge and pineapple (if using) in the bottom of a chilled glass  or moscow mule mug
  2. Muddle the lime with the pineapple
  3. Add tequila and stir
  4. Add ice and top with the ginger beer

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Bloody Maria

While it is credited to have been created as a Bloody Mary alternative, it truly appeared on the scene in the 1940s. Bartender Fernand Petiot is credited with

Ingredients

  • Tequila Reposado or White
  • Mexican hot sauce
  • Celery salt
  • Black pepper
  • Tomato juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Horseradish
  • Celery salt
  • Black pepper

Create

  • Chill the tomato juice/mix and tequila first
  • Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker without ice
  • Strain and if time, chill. Straining removes the chunks of horseradish from the drink
  • Rim the glass and garnish
  • Serve over ice with the garnishes of your choice.

Tequila Sunrise

Big on college campuses and creating all sorts of boozy adventures – the Tequila Sunrise is delight to the taste buds.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Tequila
  • 1 oz. Orange Juice
  • .5 oz. Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz. Grenadine
  • Garnish with a cherry

Create

  • Combine tequila and juices in a shaker
  • Add ice, shake vigorously and strain into a glass
  • Add grenadine then garnish

May you enjoy these the best simple tequila cocktails morning, noon and night!

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