Thinking Outside the Shot

Four flavorful tequila cocktails for summer


There's no knocking the power of the tequila shot. With so many smooth, small-batch sippers on the market, you could spend a lifetime taking your agave spirits straight. And no one here is disrespecting the margarita: What would be the point of patio drinking without a pitcher of lime-and-tequila perfection?

But once you've mastered the twin tequila icons, it's time to break out the other mixers. The deep, warming flavors of good tequila (the additional ingredients don't excuse bottom-shelf booze) work wonders in tropical fruit-laced punches, mojitos, and even as a twist on the Bloody Mary.
Summer Vacation
Recipe from Good Spirits, by A.J. Rathbun

1 oz Silver tequila
1 oz Yellow Chartreuse
4 oz Fresh orange juice
Orange slices (garnish)

Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour tequila, Chartreuse, and OJ over ice in that order.

Tropical Tequila Punch

1/4 cup Pineapple juice
1/4 cup Tequila
1 1/2 T Passion fruit juice
1 t Fresh lime juice

In a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice, combine the fruit juices and tequila. Strain into a highball glass filled with cracked ice.

Tequila Mojito

1/4 cup Blanco or silver tequila
4 t Simple syrup
1/4 cup Soda
4 t Lime juice
8 Spearmint leaves

Muddle mint leaves in the lime juice and simple syrup in the bottom of a highball glass. Fill the glass with crushed ice, add tequila and soda. Stir.

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  • Snooth User: husaink
    427936 4

    Tequila Mojito:

    a) use fresh lime juice (4-5 limes)
    b) dip empty glass in juice and thereafter in a plate filled with salt (rim of glass is salty)
    c) pour 4-6 cl of brown and matured tequila (such as añejo: Cuervo or even better: Tres Generationes) into glass
    d) add cane (brown) sugar (2 tsp.) and mix with tequila (stir with a spoon)
    e) add lime juice
    f) crush ice and add to ingrediants in glass
    g stir, drink asnd enjoy!

    Jun 30, 2010 at 4:46 AM

  • Snooth User: jlawless
    167006 1

    Can anyone tell me which type of Prosecco to use for the 1800 Tequila Sangria? I am not familiar with Proseccos and when at the store today saw dry, extra dry, brute, and pink. Thanks!

    Jul 01, 2010 at 8:15 PM

  • Snooth User: RAYCHILL
    494448 7

    can anyone tell me recipie for Blunt a sponge?

    Jul 03, 2010 at 1:39 PM

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