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.
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.
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.