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5 Tequila Drink Recipes Everyone Should Memorize

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If the only tequila cocktail you can make without looking at a recipe involves a shot glass and salt on your hand, then you need to do some studying. These easy drinks are simple to memorize, but will still impress your guests.

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Put the sour mix down. The best Margaritas are made with fresh lime juice, agave nectar, tequila and nothing else. To remember how to make the quintessential tequila cocktail, all you have to do is master this formula: two parts tequila, one part lime juice, one half part agave. Once you commit the Marg to memory, you’ll be able to make any variation you want, like a Jalapeño Margarita.

The Essentials

Blanco Tequila
Lime Juice
Agave Nectar
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It might look dramatic, but the Tequila Sunrise is actually a simple drink to throw together. All you need to do is mix tequila and orange juice, and top with grenadine (homemade is best). You don’t even need a shaker or a mixing glass for this cocktail—you build it directly in the glass.

The Essentials

Blanco Tequila
Orange Juice
Grenadine
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For years, the Paloma has been celebrated in Mexico as the national cocktail. But now the tequila and grapefruit drink is quickly becoming a stateside favorite. In its simplest incarnation, it’s made with just three ingredients: reposado tequila, lime juice and grapefruit soda.

The Essentials

Tequila
Lime Juice
Grapefruit Soda
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More proof that tequila and grapefruit are meant to be together, the Siesta is a modern classic made with grapefruit juice, lime juice, blanco tequila, simple syrup and Campari. Aside from the tequila, which comes in at two ounces, every other ingredient is measured out to just half an ounce, so it’s easy to commit to memory.

The Essentials

Silver Tequila
Grapefruit Juice
Campari
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This underappreciated tequila drink is worth whipping out at a party—even people who think they don’t like tequila will enjoy its ginger spice and blackcurrant undertones. Made with tequila, crème de cassis, lime juice and a topper of ginger beer, it’s a quick build and a delicious drink.

The Essentials

Reposado tequila
Crème de cassis
ginger beer

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