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Refreshing tequila cocktail recipes for summer

Have your tequila bottles been collecting dust since Cinco de Mayo? Here’s an excuse to trot them out again: National Tequila Day is Sunday, July 24.

Mention tequila, and it seems that everyone’s mind goes to the same place: shots and margaritas. But bartenders and mixologists are proving that tequila is just as versatile as vodka when it comes to cocktails. On drink menus everywhere, we’re finding complex, refreshing cocktails made with tequila.

This weekend, give the store-bought margarita mix a rest and get creative with these four tasty tequila cocktail recipes:

The Hothouse Flower

Tequila drinks can be sipped alongside more than just Mexican food. Blood Orange Margarita
At Bread & Tulips, a rustic Italian restaurant in New York City, its Hothouse Flower cocktail combines tequila and Campari, an Italian aperitif.

Recipe courtesy of Bread & Tulips

Makes 1 serving


  • 1-1/2 ounces Corralejo Blanco Tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Campari
  • 1/2 ounce fresh agave nectar
  • 1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • Dash of orange bitters


Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Blood Orange Margarita

Sometimes, only a margarita will hit the spot. The next time you The Hothouse Flower
invite the girls over for margs, change things up with this suggestion from Roka Akor, a sleek sushi spot in Scottsdale, Ariz.: Add blood orange puree, which brightens the margarita with sweet, citrusy flavor. And the color is gorgeous, too.

Recipe courtesy of Roka Akor

Makes 1 serving


  • 1-1/2 ounces of Sauza Blue Agave Silver Tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Triple Sec
  • splash of simple syrup
  • splash of fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce of organic blood orange puree


Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into glass, top with crushed ice and garnish with a lime wedge.


DosjitoWow your brunch guests by mixing up a pitcher of these tequila-and-OJ drinks. With fresh mint and a bit of fizz from club soda, no one will miss the mimosas.

Recipe courtesy of Dos Lunas Tequila

Makes 1 serving


  • 1-1/2 ounces Dos Lunas Silver tequila
  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar
  • 3 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice
  • splash of club soda
  • fresh mint leaves


Place mint leaves in the bottom of a glass. Add crushed ice, tequila, agave nectar and orange juice and muddle. Top with club soda and garnish with mint leaves and orange slices, if desired.

Stone Park Collins

Stone Park CollinsTake a cue from Stone Park Cafe, a neighborhood bistro in Brooklyn, and sip this lemony cocktail that combines tequila and limoncello, an Italian liqueur.

Recipe courtesy of Stone Park Cafe

Makes 1 serving


  • 1-1/2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce Pallini limoncello
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup


Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, then strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with soda and garnish with an orange twist.

Photos courtesy of Bread & Tulips, Roka Akor and Dos Lunas Tequila.

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