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7 Ultra Summery Drinks for Tequila Lovers

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Whiskey gets all the love in the fall and winter, floral gin is the star of spring drinks, and rum appears in just about every summer tiki cocktail there is. But not enough attention is given to the bright, vegetal liquor that transcends seasonality: tequila. The agave spirit is perfect for sipping year round, but we’re especially obsessed when it’s mixed into cooling, refreshing summer cocktails that take us on an instant vacation south of the border. Mix up one of these seven crowd-pleasing tequila cocktails to properly toast the end of the season.

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The Sex on the Beach is one of the tastiest—albeit uncomfortably named—summer cocktails out there, and this variation elevates the libation to new heights. Created by bartender Jaime Salas, the recipe swaps out vodka for blanco tequila, and adds hibiscus tea to the mix of fruit juices for a more complex but equally party-ready beach cocktail, with a much classier moniker.

The Essentials

tequila
Peach Schnapps
Fruit Juices
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Tomatoes aren’t just for Bloody Marys; they also taste amazing in this earthy, garden fresh twist on a Margarita. Laura Kruming of Chicago’s Sable Kitchen & Bar combines sweet cherry tomatoes with herbal aloe liqueur, fresh lime juice and vegetal tequila. And because it wouldn’t be summer without some watermelon, garnish this cocktail with a small sliver (we have some ideas on how to use the rest of the juicy fruit).

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Cherry Tomatoes
Blanco Tequila
lime juice
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When a heat wave rolls in, shaking a cocktail is the last thing you want to do when you’re already breaking a sweat. Instead, whip up this simple, build-in-the-glass Highball that only requires a quick stir. Made with tequila, elderflower liqueur, pamplemousse (grapefruit) liqueur, fresh lime juice and a topping of soda water, the floral and fruity Summer Breeze is the hakuna matata of cocktails: no worries, for the rest of your summer.

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Blanco Tequila
elderflower liqueur
Pamplemousse Liqueur
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An icy granita is one of the best treats on a hot summer day, but the traditional shaved ice dessert typically lacks one thing: booze. Naturally, we fixed it by spiking this mixture of lime, strawberry, kiwi and basil with a healthy dose of silver tequila. Top it with ginger beer for an extra-refreshing spritz, garnish with a plump strawberry, and thank us later.

The Essentials

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lime juice
Strawberry purèe
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For better or worse, there’s something about summer that makes us crave a tropical blue drink. Some of these bright cocktails can be overly sweet and disappointing, but that’s not the case with this Blu Margarita from Brynn Smith of Los Angeles’ Sotto. The well-balanced Marg plays up the citrusy notes of blue curaçao and tempers its sweeter flavors with a dash of Amaro Meletti. The result is a tart, lightly bittersweet blue cocktail that you won’t regret drinking.

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Blanco Tequila
Blue Curaçao
Amaro Meletti
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If you like things on the spicier side of life, you’ll love this chile-infused cocktail. Tanteo Chipotle tequila brings major smoky heat, which pairs perfectly with pineapple and lime juices, amaro, cinnamon, and a salted coco syrup—made with coconut milk, cane sugar and smoked salt. Together, these ingredients taste like a drinkable barbecue on the beaches of Tulum, one that would pair amazingly with some carnitas sliders.

The Essentials

Chipotle Tequila
Salted Coco Syrup
Pineapple Juice
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Brightly colored, juicy popsicles are truly the emblem of summer, and dropping the treats straight into our cocktails is something we’ll miss when the season comes to a close. Enjoy the trend while you still can with this Rimy Rita from The Rustic in Dallas. The frozen drink calls for reposado tequila, homemade sour mix, raspberry liqueur, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and agave syrup, all blended together and served in a goblet. Top it with a grape or raspberry popsicle, and savor the last sunny days of summer.

The Essentials

Tequila
Sour Mix
Cointreau

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