New Orleans knows how to party better than any other city in the country. Even after a night of drinking, revelers pick themselves right back up and reach for a breakfast-tail to get the festivities started all over again. While the usual go-to would be a standard Bloody, New Orleanians, always open to new intoxicating experiences, have come up with many expert, alternative ways to get their a.m. drink on—including a few that involve a spirit typically saved for late night ragers: tequila.
To learn how the locals do it so well, we settled in at Southeast Asian eatery Maypop during this year’s Tales of the Cocktail for an exotic, boozy brunch. Turns out, all you need is a little spice, caffeine (and tequila) to make the perfect morning drink. Inspired by both local and far-flung flavors, mixologists Phil Khanderish and Reza Esmali used Casa Noble tequila to create three unique cocktails to go with chef Michael Gulotta’s decadent plates. Each satisfied a different morning craving: from the die-hard Bloody Maria fan, to the morning smoothie drinker, to the guy or gal who cannot function without a strong cup of coffee. Here are three great ways to start your day with tequila.