Ahhh, tequila! Many people have this misconception that this alcohol comes from a cactus but in that is not true at all, it actually derives from a plant called blue agave. Tequila is often enjoyed on Cinco De Mayo or in shot form with a sprinkle of salt around the rim of the glass. Yet, tequila has the ability to bring a scrumptious earthy element to an array of different drinks that no other alcohol can really accomplish. Tequila makes a great delicious cocktail ingredient, in fact it is always exciting to see how this alcohol interacts with different mixers. It doesn’t matter which of the types of tequila that you use, they’re all delicious.
Below are 3 classy tequila based cocktails that are sure to give you a new appreciation to this essential alcohol.
The Classic Margarita
Who doesn’t love a margarita now and then? After all, they are the most popular of all tequila based cocktails, and are actually considered one of the classic cocktail recipes. These refreshing drinks are great for days by the pool and sunbathing at the beach.
There are a number of ways to make a margarita, but the classic version of this tequila based cocktail is always a favorite. Store bought margarita mix simple does not do justice, the best thing one can do to truly indulge in a margarita is to follow a homemade recipe. The classic recipe follows a 2:1:1 ration and is the most common and simple to create which makes it great for parties and special dinners. The Recipe goes as follows:
- 1 1/2 ounces of tequila
- 1/2 ounce triple sec
- 1/2 ounce of fresh lime juice
Simply shake the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some ice cubes and then it is ready to serve! For the classic special touch, garnish it with a lime and sprinkle some salt around the rim. This classic margarita is always a crowd pleaser.
The tequila sunrise drink is just as beautiful as it is delicious. The combination of ingredients in this tequila based cocktail create a sweet and scrumptious taste as well as an attractive final product that looks just like a stunning sunset, hence the name ‘tequila sunrise’. Although it is commonly served at high end restaurants and top of the line bars, this cocktail can also easily be made to serve up right in the comfort of your own home. Here is the recipe of this captivating cocktail:
- 4 ounces of orange juice
- 2 ounces of tequila
- 1/2 ounce of grenadine
The first step is to shake the orange juice and tequila in a shaker with ice. Once that is done you can then pour it into a glass and gently pour in the grenadine around the glass. You will then see the beautiful sunrise effect that will have you asking Is this a drink or a piece of art?” A great way to garnish this drink is with a cherry or orange slice – maybe even both!
This drink is popular in Mexico and is known for its bold yet refreshing flavor. With a sweet fruit taste and a pop of fizz, this is without a doubt on of the most classy tequila based cocktails. With a small variety of simple and easy to acquire ingredients, you will love to create this drink to enjoy on hot summer afternoons.
- 2 ounces blanco tequila
- 6 ounces grapefruit soda
- 1/2 lime juice
To create this drink simply shake the tequila and lime juice in a cocktail mixer until they are combined and then pour them into a glass where you will then add in the grapefruit soda. For a pop of flavor, top of the rim of the glass with some salt. This is the ultimate pool party drink!
No matter which tequila based cocktail you chose to indulge in, these all represent the refreshing and smooth flavor of tequila in a classy manner that people love.