Innovative Tequila Cocktails

Think beyond the margarita with these six creative, yet easy-to-make cocktails that pair tequila with a variety of complementing flavors and ingredients.

Innovative Tequila Cocktails
1. The Pepino

1-1/2 ounce 901 Silver Tequila
1 slice of English cucumber 1/4-inch thick
1/4 ounce agave nectar
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce fresh pineapple juice
3 Italian basil leaves
1/2 ounce Combier (orange liqueur)

Muddle the cucumber, then add remaining ingredients & ice. Shake, pour into a tall glass, garnish with cucumber slice and a sprig of basil.

Recipe & photo courtesy 901 Tequila

2. Grapefruit Rita

1-1/2 ounces Cabo Wabo Blanco
1/2 ounce Cointreau
2 ounces freshly squeezed red grapefruit juice
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice,
1/4 ounce simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a salt-rimmed glass over fresh ice.

Recipe & photo courtesy Cabo Wabo Tequila

3. 901 & Nectar

1-1/2 ounces 901 Silver Tequila
1 ounce honey syrup
1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce Combier

Dip the rim of the glass in honey and then in salt. Pour all the ingredients in shaker, add ice, shake and pour into margarita glass. Garnish with a twist of orange.

To make the honey syrup: Mix 6 ounces of honey with 2 ounces of hot water. Stir well and allow it cool before using.

Recipe & photo courtesy 901 Tequila

4. Citrus Margarita

Juice of 1/2 navel orange
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 tablespoon superfine sugar
1/2 ounce orange liqueur
2 ounces Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila

Combine all of the juices and stir in sugar until dissolved. Stir in the orange liqueur and Cabo Wabo Tequila.

Run a lime wedge around the top of a rocks glass, rim with salt, fill halfway with ice and pour in the cocktail.

Recipe & photo courtesy Cabo Wabo Tequila

5. Churro Margarita

2 ounces Cabo Wabo Añejo Tequila
1 ounce Licor 43
1 ounce Carolans Irish Cream
1/4 ounce Tuaca
Mix of cinnamon and sugar for the rim

Shake up liquid ingredients with ice. Strain cocktail over fresh ice into a rocks glass, rimmed with the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Recipe & photo courtesy Cabo Wabo Tequila

6. Veracruzana

2 ounces Milagro Reposado
3/4 ounce agave nectar
1 ounce fresh lime juice
4 pineapple chunks
2 basil leaves
Lime wedge for garnish

Muddle the pineapple and basil in a mixing glass. Add ice, shake well, strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with lime.

Variation: Strain into a highball glass, add 3 drops of Angostura Bitters, top with ginger beer.

Recipe & photo courtesy Milagro Tequila

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