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3 Ways to Start the Day With Tequila

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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.  

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Fans of the Bloody Maria will love this exotic twist on the savory cocktail, which is dosed with tangy calamasi juice, umami-packed fish sauce and a spicy salted rim. "This savory, vegetal and high-acid homage to the Bloody Mary was intended to pair with any of Maypop's complex Southeast Asian-inspired dishes,” Khanderish and Esmali say. “Or, when served with the local poached whole shrimp, it’s a meal on it's own."

The Essentials

Tequila
yellow pepper puree
calamansi juice
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The Piña Colada’s rich, sweet mix of pineapple and coconut makes it a perfect morning sipper, even if you’re not relaxing on a tropical beach. But Khanderish and Esmali managed to make the cocktail even more exotic. "A luxurious eye-opener, this coconut rich cocktail is balanced by the savory notes of Chinese five spice,” they say. “Think Southeast Asian and tiki castaway together in a luscious tall drink."

The Essentials

Añejo Tequila
coconut purée
Fresh Pineapple Juice
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Chicory coffee is a New Orleans specialty that was a practicality rather than a delicacy during war times. People mixed coffee with roasted and ground chicory root—found at the base of the endive plant—out of necessity, and it just kinda stuck. The resulting flavor is bitter and tobacco-y and conjures up memories of beignet breakfasts in the Big Easy. This cocktail mixes French pressed, iced chicory coffee with nutty aged tequila. The saffron-infused cream was a personal touch by the Persian barmen, but if you don’t have the time or equipment to make the saffron-infused whipped cream, the regular homemade stuff will do just fine.

The Essentials

Tequila
Chicory Coffee
Saffron-Infused Cream

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