National Tequila Day takes place on July 24 and, in honor of the day dedicated solely to the tasty Mexican spirit derived from the blue agave plant, we have scoured the Internet for some tasty drink recipes that only require you to buy one bottle of booze - Tequila!
While certainly no one would judge if you chose to celebrate with traditional tequila drinks like a margarita, a tequila sunrise or just a plain old tequila shot, but why not try something new and easy.
Our first three recipes come from Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant, a small chain of authentic Mexican eateries in Massachusetts.
First up is the Juan Collins, which is adapted from barnonedrinks.com. Check it out:
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- 4.5 oz. tequila (Hornitos Plata Tequila recommended)
- 1.5 oz. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 9 oz. club soda
- Lemon wedge for garnish
Directions:Fill tall glass with ice. Add all ingredients, and stir. Garnish with lemon and serve.
Next, we chose the Salty Chihuahua, adapted from
Salty Chihuahua (with Lemonade)
- 1.5 oz. tequila
- 5 oz. lemonade
- Splash of lime juice
- Lime wedge, and coarse salt or sugar for garnish (optional)
Directions:Rim glass with salt or sugar. Fill glass with ice. Pour in tequila and lemonade. Squeeze and drop in lime wedge for a splash of lime juice. Stir and serve.
Third, and most definitely the easiest on our list is the Horny Bull, adapted from fineartbartending.ca.
- 2 oz. tequila
- Orange juice
Directions:Fill tall glass with ice and pour in tequila. Stir 2-3 times. Top off with OJ and serve.
After that, any drink is going to seem more complicated but this Bee Sting recipe from Rachel Davis of
- For honey syrup:
- 1 ounce honey
- 1/2 ounce hot water
- For the cocktail:
- 1 jalapeno slice, about 1/2 inch thick
- 1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila
- 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3/4 ounce honey syrup
- Garnish: jalapeno slice and lemon twist
Directions: Stir honey and hot water together to make honey syrup. Muddle jalapeno in the shaker gently. Add tequila, lemon juice, and honey syrup. Fill shaker with ice and shake for 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish. Serve straight up.
Last up is the Paloma Cocktail, which puts a summer twist on the margarita.
- 2 ounces Avión silver tequila
- 1 ounce grapefruit juice
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- splash of Club Soda
Directions: Build ingredients over ice in a Collins glass and stir to chill. Garnish with a lime wedge and strawberry.
And if you don't have any tequila on hand for National Tequila Day, you can always celebrate with a dance.