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5 Tequila-Based Cocktails Beyond the Standard Margarita

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I’m not sure how it happened, but at some point in American history, tequila got relegated to a base liquor best suited for shooting quickly or drowning in overly-sweet margarita mix. But this export from our neighbors to the south is a surprisingly versatile spirit capable of shaking up some of your favorite traditional cocktails.

When it comes to tequila, there’s a lot more out there in the cocktail world than just margaritas. While those certainly get the most press, tequila can make a delicious highball, martini, and more.

If you’re looking to add a few more tequila-based drinks into your repertoire here are a few great options.

Casa Bellini

Ingredients:
1 oz. Casamigos Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Peach Puree by PerfectPuree
2 Red Raspberries
Top off with Chilled Prosecco or Champagne

Directions: Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker, except Prosecco. Muddle fruit and add ice. Shake vigorously for a few seconds and strain into champagne flute. Top off with chilled prosecco or champagne. Garnish with 1 raspberry through a skewer.


Riazul Rita
By Riazul Tequila

Ingredients:
2 oz. Riazul Tequila Plata
1 oz. Cointreau
1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

Directions:
Shake ingredients in mixing glass with ice, then strain into a cocktail glass.


Watermelon Margarita
from Casa Bocado

Ingredients:
2 oz. Blanco Tequila
1 oz. freshly pureed watermelon
.75 oz. honey
.75 oz. lime juice
2-3 drops rose water 

Directions: Combine ingredients in shaker with kold-draft ice, shake and strain into rocks glass. Granish with a dehydrated lime wheel & mint sprig.


Tequila Herradura 19° North
Created in honor of the home of hand-crafted tequila and scorching chili peppers, 19 degrees above the equator.

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


Mexican Negroni

Ingredients:
1 oz. Casamigos Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Italian Sweet Vermouth
Casamigos Mezcal Rinse
1 Large Orange Peel

Directions: Combine all ingredients into a glass mixer. Add ice and stir quickly for 30-40 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass that has been rinsed with mezcal and add one large block of ice. Garnish with a large orange peel.


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