6 Cocktails to Shake Up for National Tequila Day


As if we needed another reason to raise a glass on Thirsty Thursday, it’s National Tequila Day! While we love a frosty margarita when the heat is on, the agave-derived spirit works in plenty of other delectable drinks or–let’s be honest–straight up with salt and a lime wedge. We found a few fun cocktails to order at your favorite watering hole or serve up for a slew of friends. Regardless on how you shake up the unofficial holiday, remember to drink up; it’s good for you!

Pineapple Serrano Margarita

2 oz. Herradura Silver
3 cubic inches of pineapple diced
¾ oz. lime juice
½ oz. simple syrup
3 slices of Serrano chili with seeds.

Crush pineapple and chili slices in the base of a shaker with a muddler. Add cubed ice and remaining ingredients; shake hard and strain over ice in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a chili and a star Anise pod.

Sandia Frescao

1 ½ oz. Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila
¼ oz. Cointreau
2 oz. fresh-pressed watermelon juice (or 1 oz. of a good-quality bottled puree)
½ oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
½ oz. ginger syrup*

Build in a mixing glass, then shake & pour over fresh ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with a watermelon wedge, if desired.

*For the Ginger Syrup: In a medium saucepan, combine ½ pound fresh ginger and ½ liter Tres Agave Nectar over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a very light boil, stirring occasionally. Strain & allow the mixture to cool for 25 minutes.

Cucumber Margarita courtesy of Whiskey Blue

1 ½ oz. Casamigos Blanco
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. Cointreau
½ oz. simple syrup
5 cucumber wheels

Muddle cucumber with the simple and lime juice. Combine all ingredients to iced mixing glass. Shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with cucumber slice on a bamboo pic.

Honey Ginger Sauza-Rita

1 oz. Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 oz. lemonade
1 oz. ginger beer
1 oz. water
½ tsp. honey
Lemon slices

Combine lemonade, ginger beer, tequila, water, lemon slices and ½ teaspoon of honey in a glass filled with ice. Stir well to combine.

Este Lado by Ben Scorah and Marshall Altier

1 ½ oz. Tequila Don Julio Blanco
½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
½ oz. Simple Syrup*
Slice of English Cucumber
Mint Sprig
Mint and Cucumber Wheel Garnish

Muddle English Cucumber and mint sprig in simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice over ice, and shake well. Strain contents over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with mint sprig and cucumber wheel.

For the simple syrup:Bring ½ cup of water to a boil and dissolve 1 cup of sugar into boiling water. Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool completely. Can be prepared one day ahead.

Papaya Smash

1 ¼ oz. Avión Añejo
Slice of Fresh Papaya
¼ oz. Agave Nectar
½ oz. Aperol
½ oz. Orange Juice
¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Fresh Papaya for garnish

Add a slice of fresh papaya and agave nectar to a mixing glass. Muddle to release the papaya flavor. Add Avión Añejo, Aperol, and orange juice. Then, top off with fresh lime juice. Add ice and give it a good shake. Strain the mixture over ice and garnish with a fresh slice of papaya.

Sriracha Strawberry Margarita

2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped
½ cup Tequila
¼ cup Cointreau (or other orange flavored liquor)
1 tbsp. agave nectar
½ tsp. Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Chili
2 cups ice
*Serves 2 generously

Add all ingredients to a blender, blend until smooth. Pour into a sugar rimmed margarita glass.