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9 Tequila Cocktails (Besides Margaritas) to Sip During National Tequila Day

National Tequila Day falls on Saturday, July 24th, and though we’ll never give up margaritas, sometimes it’s nice to branch out and try something new. This year, use the holiday as an excuse to try a few new cocktail recipes — and buy a few new bottles of tequila (we highly recommend Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Teremana tequila!)! Each of these drinks will help you beat the heat, and you’ll never be at a loss when it comes to using up your tequila again…not that that’s ever been an issue before.

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1. The Cool

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Recipe courtesy of 1800 Tequila

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz 1800 Silver
  • .5 oz Cucumber Juice
  • .5 oz Lemon Juice
  • .25 oz Simple Syrup
  • Top with Champagne

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.

2. Add ice and shake hard for 10 seconds.

3. Pour into a flute glass, top with Champagne, and garnish with a long swirled cucumber peel.

2. The Rock’s Strawberry Manarita

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson introduced his new tequila brand Teremana last year and he shared a delicious cocktail recipe on Instagram featuring Teremana. The drink resembles a margarita but has a few key differences. First, there’s no orange liqueur and instead of simple syrup, he uses agave nectar.

3. Tequila Herradura 19° North

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Ingredients: 

  • 2 parts Herradura Reposado
  • 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ½ – ¾ part agave nectar (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoons of sriracha sauce
  • ½ part of pineapple juice

Directions: 

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake hard so that some of the ice melts, then strain over fresh ice.
  2. Garnish with a lime or pineapple wedge.

Recipe courtesy of Tequila Herradura

4. The Summerita

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Recipe courtesy of 1800 Tequila

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. 1800 Silver
  • 1 oz. watermelon juice
  • .5 oz. lime juice
  • .25 oz. agave syrup
  • Pinch of cilantro
  • Champagne

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients but champagne to shaker.
  2. Shake hard for 15 seconds.
  3. Double strain into flute.
  4. Top with Champagne.

5. Nectar Twist

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Recipe courtesy of 1800 Tequila

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz 1800 Silver
  • .75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • .5 oz Agave Nectar
  • Slice of Watermelon

Directions:

  1. Add watermelon to a cocktail shaker and muddle until it’s pureed.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake hard for 10 seconds.
  3. Double strain into a martini glass.
  4. Garnish with watermelon rind.

6. Nosotros Blood + Sand

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Recipe courtesy of Garh Dokken of the Craft House in Dana Point, CA

Ingredients:

  • .75 oz Nosotros Reposado
  • .75 oz orange juice (preferably blood orange)
  • .75 oz cherry heering
  • .75 oz dry vermouth
  • 3 dash vanilla extract
  • Orange peel and cherry (garnish)

Directions:

  1. Shake and double strain into a chilled coupe.
  2. Garnish with an orange peel and a cherry.

7. Total Tropicalism

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Recipe courtesy of Gitano Jungle Room

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Volcan de mi Tierra Blanco
  • .5oz Ginger
  • .75oz Lemon
  • .75oz Honey
  • Splash of mezcal

Directions:

  1. Shake and strain into rocks glass.
  2. Top with mezcal.
  3. Garnish with charred lemon wheel and umbrella

8. Maria Verde

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Recipe courtesy of Jaime Salas, National Milagro Ambassador

Ingredients:

  • 2 Parts Milagro Reposado
  • 1.5 Parts Jicama Juice
  • 1 Rib of Celery
  • 1 Part Tomatillo Juice
  • .5 Part Fresh Lime Juice
  • 6 drops Chipotle Sauce (or to taste)
  • A Pinch of Black Salt

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a high ball glass with ice.
  2. Garnish with celery, cherry tomatoes and lime wedge.

9. Beach Life Paloma

Beach Life Paloma

Ingredients: 

  • 2 oz Jose Cuervo Tradicional® Silver
  • 4 oz Tonic
  • 1 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • Grapefruit Wedge

Directions: 

  1. Place ice in a high-ball glass and add the ingredients.
  2. Stir and garnish with grapefruit wedge.

Recipe courtesy of Jose Cuervo Tradicional® Silver

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