Behold: 27 New Tequila Cocktails That’ll Make Your Summer a Hell of a Lot More Interesting

Super quick PSA: Tequila is the superior liquor. Why yes, I *am* here to ruffle feathers! Please keep your vodka, whiskey and your precious chilled rosu00e9!!! Truly nothing compares to a classic margarita or a fresh paloma on a sunny literally any day of the week . But I’m not here to talk about just margaritas and palomas–I’m talking super easy and creative tequila cocktails you’ve never even dreamed about. And when I say easy, I mean easy! I promise there is no “.5 oz. of truffle unicorn hair that you already have in your pantry” bullsh*t on this list. Honestly, you might as well just order a “Kiss Me I’m a Bartender” apron on Etsy right now because everyone’s going to be fawning over your skills. It won’t just be the tequila talking. So, this sunny szn, put the dark liquor down. Here are pleeeenty (read: 27) truly delicious tequila cocktail options you can easily whip up for your crew. 1. Sparkling Pomegranate Margaritas Shake together 1 oz. lime juice, 2 oz. tequila, and 2 oz. pomegranate juice with ice. Pour it into a glass a top it off with 2 oz. of sparkling white wine. Recipe from Minimalist Baker . 2. Mexican Mule Shake 2 oz. tequila, 1 oz. lime juice, and 1 tsp. simple syrup with ice and strain the shaken ingredients into a separate cup of ice. Top it off with 3 oz. of ginger ale. Recipe from Homemade Food Junkie . 3. Pineapple Paloma Stir together 4 oz. tequila, 4 oz. grapefruit juice, 1 oz. lime juice, and 8 oz. pineapple soda with ice. Garnish with fresh pineapple. Recipe from Miss in the Kitchen . 4. Mimosa Margarita Mix 10 oz. frozen concentrated orange juice, 3.5 oz. tequila, .5 oz orange liquor, and ice in a blender. Pour the mix into the glasses and garnish with orange wedges. Recipe from My Cocktail Recipes . 5. Riazul Rita Shake 2 oz. Riazul Tequila Plata, 1 oz. Cointreau, and u00bd oz. fresh lime juice in a mixing glass with ice, then strain into a cocktail r0cks with ice. Recipe from Riazul Tequila . 6. Off to the Races Add 1 oz. Cointreau, 2 oz. blanco tequila, 1 oz. fresh lime juice, u00bd oz. honey water, and 2 dashes rose water to a cocktail shaker. Shake all ingredients, then strain into a rocks glass with ice and garnish with petals. Recipe from Cointreau. 7. Chocolate Margarita Blend 1u00bd oz. blanco tequila, 1 oz. triple sec, chocolate ice cream, white and dark chocolate ganache, and crushed ice until smooth. Pour into a margarita glass, then garnish with a dark chocolate orange slice. Recipe from Max Brenner . 8. Watermelon Margarita Combine 2 oz. blanco tequila, 1 oz. freshly-pureed watermelon, u00be oz. honey, u00be oz. lime juice, and 2 or 3 drops rose water in shaker with ice. Shake, strain into a rocks glass, and garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel and mint sprig. Recipe from Casa Bocado . 9. Internal Affair Mix 2 oz. silver tequila of choice, 1 oz. housemade jalapeu00f1o syrup (fresh jalapeu00f1os, sugar and water), 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice, u00bd oz. agave nectar, and u00bd oz. pineapple juice. Pour into a rocks glass with ice, and add three torn fresh basil leaves. Recipe from Doc B’s Restaurant + Bar . 10. Merida Combine 1 oz. silver tequila, 1 oz. ginger syrup, u00bd oz. lemon juice, 2 oz. ginger ale, and 2 oz. tonic water in a shaker. Shake, strain over ice, and garnish with mango. Recipe from Rosewood Mayakoba . 11. Jungle Booby Combine u00bd oz. lime juice, u00bd oz. grapefruit juice, 1 oz. pineapple juice, u00bd oz. orgeat syrup, u00bd oz. Campari, 4 dashes absinthe, u00bd oz. Del Maguey Vida mezcal, and 1u00bd oz. Siete Leguas blanco tequila in a blender with ice. Pour into a roly poly glass, and top with crushed ice. Garnish with three pineapple fronds and a pink flamingo pick. Recipe from The Polynesian at the Pod Hotel . 12. Llamarita Combine 1u00bd oz. pepper-infused reposado tequila, u00be oz. orgeat syrup, u00be oz. lime juice, u00bd oz. mezcal, and u00be oz. avocado puru00e9e in a shaker, and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass with a sea salt and cinnamon rim . Recipe from Llama Inn . 13. Queen Anne’s Lace Combine 2 oz. tequila, 1 oz. fresh carrot juice, u00be oz. fresh ginger juice, u00be oz. fresh lime juice, and u00bd oz. light agave in a shaker. Shake, strain into a coupe glass, and garnish with a chile and sea salt rim and lime wheel. Recipe from Whiskey Thief at The Edwin Hotel . 14. Grapefruit Margarita Salt the rim of a margarita glass, and fill with ice. Squeeze and drop 2 lime wedges into a mixing tin. Add ice, 1 oz. tequila, u00bd oz. orange liqueur, and a splash of grapefruit juice. Shake until frosted, then strain into a salted margarita glass filled with ice. Top with 4 oz. grapefruit-flavored Bubly, and stir and garnish with a lime wedge. Recipe from Bubly sparkling water . 15. First National Combine u00bd oz. lime juice, u00bd oz. simple syrup, u00bd oz. Domaine de Canton, u00bd oz. Espolon blanco tequila, and u00bc oz. Vida Mezcal in a shaker tin. Add ice halfway up, shake hard for seven seconds, then strain into an ice-filled collins glass and garnish with a lime wheel. Recipe by RoofTop at Exchange Place . 16. Au00f1ejo Honey Combine 1u00bd oz. au00f1ejo tequila, u00be oz. fresh lemon juice, and u00be oz. honey syrup at a 2:1 ratio. Shake, strain into an ice-filled rocks glass, and garnish with a flamed grapefruit peel. Recipe from Belcampo Oakland . 17. Hibiscus Paloma Combine u00bd oz. lime juice, 1 oz. grapefruit juice, 1 oz. hibiscus tea syrup*, 2 oz. silver tequila, and a pinch of sea salt into a shaker. Shake, and strain into a highball glass with ice. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge. *To make hibiscus tea syrup: Steep hibiscus flowers with orange peel and a bit of African rooibos tea. Strain, then add two parts sugar and one part water. Recipe from Walkers Maine . 18. La Fresa Combine u2153 oz. Tequila Don Julio Reposado, u00be oz. white zinfandel, u00bd oz. strawberry puree, and 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake well, then strain into a coupe glass and garnish with dehydrated strawberries. Recipe by Mica Rousseau of Mexico City. 19. Grande-Terre Combine 1u00bc oz. blanco tequila, 1u00bd oz. freshly juiced yellow tomato juice, u00bd oz. simple syrup, and u00bc oz. pineapple juice in a shaker. Shake vigorously until foamy, strain into a rocks glass, and garnish with a sprig of fresh tarragon. Recipe from Marcel . 20. Kosho Margarita Add 2 oz. Gran Centenario Reposado Tequila, 1 oz. yuzu juice, 1 oz. orange curau00e7ao, and 3 drops chili tincture to a shaker, and shake until frosty. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass with a chili and citrus-salt rim. Recipe from Alley Cat Amateur Theatre . 21. Desert Flower In a mixing glass, muddle three raspberries and a sprig of lemon thyme. Add 1u00bd oz. silver tequila, u00bd oz. Massenez Cru00e8me de Framboise, u00bd oz. Combier Pamplemousse, 1 oz. lime juice, and ice. Shake, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a raspberry skewered with a thyme sprig. Recipe from The Smith . 22. Cinco De Mayo Combine 3 oz. Don Julio Blanco, 3 oz. triple sec, 3 oz. fresh passionfruit juice, and 1 u00bd oz. lemon juice in a shaker. Shake vigorously, fill a shaker with ice, and shake again. Strain over a roly poly glass with crushed ice, and garnish with 1 oz. candied and crushed pecans. Recipe from Esperanto Bar by Carlton Tel Aviv . 23. Skinny Paloma Mix 1u00bd oz. Olmeca Altos blanco tequila, u00bd oz. lime juice, 2 oz. grapefruit juice, and cubed ice. Add to a highball glass, stir in Fresca, and garnish with long grapefruit ribbon. Recipe from The Skylark . 24. Sex Panther Add 2 oz. Mezcal El Silencio Espadin, u00be oz. fresh lemon juice, u00bd oz. simple syrup, u00bd oz. passionfruit syrup, and 3 dashes Angostura bitters in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a highball glass with crushed ice. Top with 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, and garnish with a lemon peel and a sprig of mint. Recipe from Justin Elliot at Kitty Cohens . 25. Borracho Amigo Muddle 2 grilled pineapple chunks. Add 1 oz. Tanteo Jalapeu00f1o Tequila, u00bd oz. agave, u00bd oz. pineapple juice, u00bd oz. lime juice, and 1u00bd oz. Del Maguey Vida Mezcal to ice. Shake and strain into a Tampico salted rocks glass with ice. Garnish with grilled pineapple and jalapeu00f1o. Recipe from The Skylark . 26. White Widow To infuse tequila: Add 1 to 2 grams of kaffir lime leaves to 750 mL tequila. Store at room temperature for at least 24 hours, then strain through a chinois or strainer and chill. To make cocktail: Combine 3 oz. mate, 1u00be oz. kaffir lime-infused tequila, u00bc oz. L’Orgeat, 1 u00bd oz. freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice, and u00bc oz. lime juice. Shake, and strain into an empty mate bottle. Serve immediately. Recipe from Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel . 27. 24 Carrot Gold Add 1u00bd oz. Mezcal El Silencio Espadin, 2 oz. fresh carrot juice, 1 oz. fresh pineapple juice, 1 oz. fresh lime juice, and u00bd oz. agave syrup to an ice-filled shaker. Shake, strain into a Collins glass with ice, and garnish with a pineapple wedge and orchid flower. Recipe from William Perbellini at Waldorf Pool .

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