National Tequila Day: 10 Perfect Recipes to Celebrate

These festive cocktails will get your weekend started on the right foot.

Web Exclusive

The pure taste of tequila with salt and lime is satisfying enough. However, there’s something about expertly mixing complementary fruity and tangy ingredients that makes tequila cocktails irresistible. Here are 10 great recipes compiled from restaurants, bars and distilleries to celebrate July 24, otherwise known as National Tequila Day.


1. Peach Margarita

Created by El Naranjo



1 1/4 ounces Cimarron silver

1 ounce triple sec

1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice

3/4 ounce peach puree

Lime slice



Combine all ingredients into a cocktail tin. Shake and pour on the rocks in a glass. Top with a slice of lime.



2. Livin' the Daydream

Created by Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile  



1 1/2 ounces El Jimador silver tequila

1 ounce strawberry or rosemary simple syrup

1 ounce fresh lime juice

2 dashes of peach bitters



Shake over ice and strain over ice into a highball glass. Add a splash of soda and float with strawberry syrup and rosemary garnish on top.



3. Abita Rita

Created by Fixe



2 ounces Avion blanco tequila

1/2 ounce lime juice

Splash of simple syrup

1/2 ounce Grand Marnier

Splash orange juice

Dehydrated lime

Abita Amber



Shake ingredients in a cocktail tin, pour into a glass and float with Abita Amber beer. Garnish with dehydrated lime and orange peel.



4. Mango-Habanero Rita

Created by Jack Allen’s Kitchen



1/2 ounce habanero simple syrup

1/2 ounce mango puree

1 1/4 ounces Dulce Vida reposado tequila

3/4 ounce Paula’s Texas Orange

1 ounce fresh lime juice



Combine all ingredients in a cocktail tin. Add a scoop of ice. Shake and strain over ice. Garnish with a lime or chili.



5. Vicious Virgin #2

Created by Isla



3/4 ounce tequila

3/4 ounce light rum

1/4 ounce blue curaçao

1/2 ounce orgeat

1 1/2 ounces grapefruit juice

3/4 ounce lime juice



Shake ingredients in a cocktail tin and serve on the rocks in a tall glass.



6. QUInky

Created by W Austin libationist Dustin Courtright


1 1/2 ounces Qui Tequila

1/2 ounce lime juice

3/4 ounce pineapple juice

3/4 ounce lemongrass syrup

4 muddled serrano slices


Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a coupe glass with one slice of serrano for garnish.



7. Tran-QUI-lo

Created by JW Marriot Austin lead bartender Carley Dunavant


1 1/2 ounces Qui Tequila

1/4 part good mezcal for rinse

1 part fresh watermelon juice

1/2 part bell-pepper syrup

1/2 part fresh lime juice

Pinch of Maldon salt


In shaker, combine the tequila, watermelon juice, bell-pepper syrup, lime juice and salt. Add ice and stir. Rinse a rocks glass with mezcal. Strain into a glass with fresh ice.



8. Austin Mule

Created by Ranch 616 Bar Manager Mark Yawn


1 1/2 ounces Qui Tequila

1/2 ounce lime juice

2 dashes bitters

Fresh ginger, muddled

Dash of chili salt

Ginger beer

Ginger peel for garnish


Rim a copper mug with chili salt and set aside. Muddle the ginger in a cocktail shaker. Add tequila, lime juice, bitters and ice, then shake. Strain and pour ingredients into the copper mug over a large ice cube and top with ginger beer. Garnish with ginger peel, if desired.



9. White Dragon

Created by Casa Dragones



1 3/4 ounces Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco

3/4 ounce Cointreau

3/4 ounce lemon juice

Egg white



Dry shake ingredients before shaking with ice, and fine strain into a chilled coupe. Twist an orange peel over the surface and discard.



10. Pink Panther, La Pantera Rosa

Created by Casa Dragones



2 ounces Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco

3/4 ounce lime juice

1/2 ounce grapefruit juice

1/2 ounce agave syrup

2 dashes Orchard Street Celery Shrub

1 ounce Fever Tree Ginger Ale



Shake with ice and fine strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with 1 ounce Fever Tree Ginger Ale. Garnish with a lime wheel. 



Photos courtesy of respective bars, restaurants and distilleries.


Web Exclusive

Join The Conversation

Sign up for our newsletter and receive new articles and updates.

Remind me later
No thanks, I've already subscribed!