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National Tequila Day 2022: 5 Unique Tequila Cocktails You Can Make At Home

Despite the fact that many of us are first introduced to Tequila via the combination of a shot glass, salt and a wedge of lime, the versatility and growing popularity of tequila has made it a staple ingredient of hugely popular cocktails in the UK. Venture into any cocktail bar, and you are sure to see classics like margaritas, tequila sunrises, and long island iced teas on the menu.

So, with Sunday July 24th marking National Tequila Day, what better way to celebrate than by mixing yourself a drink that incorporates the spirits unique offering, alongside some of its most complimentary flavours?

Below, the drink experts at NIO Cocktails have shared a selection of five delicious tequila-based tipples with a twist to expand your agave based horizons.

Watermelon Margarita

This fruity take on a classic margarita incorporates the refreshing textures and flavour of watermelon - absolutely perfect for serving up during a garden BBQ on a sunny afternoon!

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 60ml of tequila

  • 30ml of triple sec

  • 30ml of freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 130g of cubed watermelon

  • Ice

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle watermelon cubes to a pulp

  2. Fill the shaker with ice and add the tequila, triple sec, and lime juice

  3. Shake well

  4. Use a cocktail strainer / mesh strainer to release the drink over fresh ice into glasses of your choice

Strawberry Paloma

The original Paloma is arguably the most popular cocktail in Mexico, and for those looking to sip on a sweeter version of the traditionally sour classic, this is certainly a winner.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 175ml of grapefruit juice

  • 100ml of tequila

  • 100g of fresh strawberries

  • 100ml of ginger ale OR ginger beer

  • Ice

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle your strawberries until all natural juices are released

  2. Add tequila, grapefruit juice and shake well to form the paloma mixture

  3. Fill glasses with ice, and pour strawberry paloma mixture until ¾ full

  4. Top glasses off with ginger ale/ ginger beer to top the drink off

Tequila Old Fashioned

A traditional old fashioned is made with whiskey and lives up to its namesake by being a timeless classic. For those who aren’t partial to the taste of whiskey, this tequila-based version is sure to hit the spot!

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 150ml of tequila

  • 15ml of demerara syrup

  • 2 dash angostura aromatic bitters

  • 2 dash angostura orange bitters

  • Grapefruit peel (for garnish)

  • Ice

  1. Combine all ingredients in a tumbler glass filled with ice

  2. Use a bar spoon to stir mixture for at least 60 seconds or until well combined, and the glass is chilled and the mixture has a somewhat cloudy appearance

  3. Add the grapefruit peel, and serve

Chilli Infused Tequila Sunrise

For those who love something a little spicier, this fiery take on a beach-side classic is the ultimate way to commemorate National Tequila Day this year. Impress your friends on your next fajita night and impress your friends with this delicious serve.

Ingredients (serves 6):

  • 300ml tequila

  • 1 litre freshly squeezed orange juice

  • 100g granulated sugar

  • 6 teaspoons of grenadine syrup

  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and halved lengthways

  • Ice

  1. Add your sugar to a saucepan with 100ml of water and the chilli

  2. Stir the mixture over a medium heat to melt the sugar and then bring to the boil

  3. Immediately remove from the heat once boiling and leave for at least 60 minutes to cool and for the flavours to infuse

  4. Fill a large serving jug with ice and add the tequila, orange juice and cooled down sugar syrup (having removed the chilli)

  5. Mix well and leave to chill for at least 10 minutes before serving

Mexican ‘Bloody Maria’

A traditional bloody mary is famously used to deal with the symptoms of a heavy night, but this ‘bloody Maria’ verison, substituting tequila for vodka, is delicious enough that you won’t even need that as an excuse to craft some up at home!

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 250ml of tomato juice

  • 100ml of tequila

  • ½ a lemon

  • ½ a lime

  • ½ teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ teaspoon of tabasco

  • 1 pinch of black pepper

  • Ice

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add the tomato juice, tequila, a squeeze of lemon and lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and black pepper and shake well

  2. Add to ice filled glasses and serve straight away

If you LOVE tequila, but crafting cocktails isn't for you, NIO has three delicious margarita options for you to choose from, including their classic Margarita and Tommy’s Margarita.

They also have their fruity summer, limited-edition "Mango Margarita", where Exotico Blanco Tequila meets mango liqueur. The Mango Margarita sold out in just a few days due to high demand, but these will be back in stock on August 1st 2022..

About: NIO Cocktails is a premium cocktail letterbox delivery service that is part of the ready-to-drink sector, providing award-winning cocktails crafted by expert mixologist, Patrick Pistolesi. For cocktails that ‘Need Ice Only’, NIO cocktails promise quality in every drink.


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