This mezcal drink, made with bittersweet Aperol and fresh lemon, can go two ways: with Angostura bitters, it's spicy-earthy-cinnamony. Or try chocolate bitters, which play up the sweet and bitter orange flavors in the Aperol.
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The perfect margarita is all about fresh, crisp flavors barely tempered by triple sec and sugar. After testing all the ratios, this is the one we reach for.
A tart and citrusy hot weather refresher featuring tequila and Liber and Co's awesome Rhubarb and Ginger Shrub.
This Sazerac variation swaps in añejo tequila instead of rye and uses creme de cacao for sweetener.
Muddled bell pepper and strawberry make this creation from Jim Meehan of PDT more than your average pomegranate margarita.
If you like the flavors of a Dark and Stormy, Moscow Mule, or Mojito, you'll love the Mojalisco.
This bitter and refreshing amaro-laced tequila cocktail from Aaron Joseph of Wit and Wisdom in Baltimore, MD gives a nod toward the Negroni
A cocktail in a pitcher means more time outside relaxing and less time inside making drinks. Hibiscus gives this tequila drink a tart and floral flavor and a gorgeous color.
Cucumbers and celery add a cooling vegetal note to this tart and refreshing tequila cocktail.
The round sweetness of mango gets a kick from spicy ginger and tart lemon in this tequila cocktail. If you have it, use reposado tequila, which lends a warm oakiness to the drink, balanced here with a touch of bright, grassy cilantro.
Sweet, ripe strawberries are a natural match for balsamic vinegar. Mixed with fresh lime juice and mint, the combination makes for a refreshingly tart-sweet tequila cocktail you'll want in hand all summer long.
Leo Robitschek of NoMad and Eleven Madison Park in New York crafted this cocktail as a fruitcake taste-alike. It's full of zesty, spicy, citrusy notes.
Adapted from Paul McGee of RPM Italian in Chicago, this cocktail is tart from fresh lime and pink grapefruit, with a touch of bitterness from Campari.
Ripe tomatoes are delicious with slightly herbal tequila and a fennel salt rim.
Garnished with an apple slice for subtle aroma, the gingery Black Star cocktail from Mayahuel in NYC is complex yet soft.
A riff on a Salty Dog, this cocktail is excellent with a 100% agave blanco tequila—or try a joven mezcal.
Tequila works surprisingly well with the bitter flavors of Campari in this easy pitcher cocktail. Añejo tequila complements the bright, sunny tangerine juice in the mix.
This easy, refreshing shandy is best with a pilsner or Mexican lager. I used Modelo Especial (not Negra Modelo!).
This refreshing tequila cocktail from Mayahuel in the East Village carries just enough heat to keep you from sucking it down in one big sip.
The Diablo cocktail is made with tequila and creme de cassis. This variation from David Welch at Lincoln Restaurant in Portland, Oregon, calls for Pimm's instead. The result is bright and refreshing.