Celebrate Life With These Summer Tequila Sippers

It’s Happy Hour somewhere in the world, right? While National Tequila Day is past and done, we don't really think you ever need an excuse to try out some new spirit recipes featuring the blue agave-sourced liquor. Besides, there's always a reason to celebrate — whether it be a friend's birthday or your newly invented Amanda Bynes drinking game — so here's a few top-shelf tequila drinks to get you started.
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Hornitos “Not Just Any” Sangrita

(Serves 6)

  • 6 Parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila
  • 5 Parts Tomato Juice
  • 5 Parts Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Part Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice
  • Teaspoon of Hot Sauce
  • 1 Pinch of Salt
  • 4 Mexican Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Crushed Garlic

Mix ingredients 2-8 well; chill in the fridge. Serve in a tall shot glass. For best flavor, make a day before serving. Serve your freshly-made Sangrita with a smooth shot of Hornitos® Plata Tequila. Sip alternately.
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Hornitos Iron Clad Paloma

  • 2 parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila
  • 3/4 part Lime Juice
  • 1 part Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/2 part Agave Nectar
  • 3 Raspberries
  • Soda Water

Pour all ingredients, except the soda water, into a shaker with ice. Shake and double strain into a pilsner glass filled with ice. Top with soda and garnish with a salted rim and lime wedge.
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Sauza Fresh Melon Margaritas
(Serves 4)

  • 2/3 cup Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 2 parts JDK & Sons™ O3 Premium Orange Liqueur
  • 2 cups cubed fresh melon (use a mix of honeydew and cantaloupe or whatever is fresh and smells ripe at the market)
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 3 parts simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve in glasses and garnish with a wedge of melon. 
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VeeV Superfruit Margarita
(Serves 1)

  • 1 oz. VeeV Acai Spirit
  • 1 oz. Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz. Agave Nectar or Simple Syrup
  • .5 oz POM juice (optional)
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Shake all ingredients well with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Lena Katz

Lena Katz is the author of the Travel Temptations series (SIP, SUN, SNOW), published by Globe Pequot Press in 2009. Lena is also a travel expert for Celebrations/1800FLOWERS and WEtv (online and on-air). She contributes to the South China Morning Post and ABC News online. Lena is a former Orbitz Travel blogger and former columnist for the LA Times. She's been published in Brides Magazine, Robb Rep...(Read More)

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