Tequila cocktails

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With its earthy herbaceous flavours, tequila makes for a both versatile and interesting cocktail base spirit. Traditionally mixed with orange (think triple sec) and lime juice in the many riffs on the Margarita – itself merely a renamed Picador (see below), contemporary parings include sherry, elderflower, pamplemousse liqueur, gentian liqueur and my favourite, Lavender.


Follows my pick of 40 great tequila cocktails from the over 230 on Difford's Guide:

Almond Old Fashioned
With: Reposado tequila, amaretto, agave syrup and orange bitters
Origin: Created in 2005 by Mark Prat at Maze, London, England.

Bending Blades
With: Blanco tequila (100% agave), Gentian liqueur, manzanilla sherry and pamplemousse liqueur
Origin: Adapted from a recipe created in 2015 by Christopher Day at General Lee's, Los Angeles, USA.

Bermondsey Minute
With: Reposado tequila, Antica Formula, maraschino liqueur and lavender syrup
Origin: Created in Bermondsey, London by yours truly and adapted from the New York Minute, originally by Luke Whearty at Der Raum, Melbourne.

The Bird is the Word No.2
With: Reposado tequila, Yellow Chartreuse, apricot brandy and lemon juice
Origin: Adapted from a drink created in May 2010 by Fraser Campbell at Tony Starrs Kitten Club, Melbourne, Australia

Blood Orange Margarita
With: Blanco tequila, triple sec, Campari, blood orange juice, lime juice and sugar syrup
Origin: Created in 2000 by Ben Davidson in Sydney, Australia.

Chutes & Ladders
With: Blanco tequila, Swedish punch, Americano bianco, lime juice
Origin: Adapted from a drink created in 2014 by Frederic Yarm, Russell House Tavern, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Colletti Royale
With: Reposado tequila, triple sec, elderflower liqueur, blood orange juice, lime juice, orange bitters and rose champagne
Origin: Adapted from a Valentine's drink created in 2013 by Julie Reiner in New York City, USA.

Cloud 9
With: Blanco tequila, lillet blanc and Gentian liqueur
Origin: Adapted from a recipe by Jeremy Oertel, Mayahuel, New York City, USA.

The Cornichon
With: Blanco tequila, amontillado sherry, Grand Marnier, dry vermouth, chile liqueur and cranberry juice
Origin: Created in 2015 by yours truly at the Cabinet Room, London, England.

Death Flip
With: Blanco tequila, Jägermeister, Yellow Chartreuse, sugar syrup and whole egg
Origin: Created in 2010 by Chris (Hasselhoff) Hysted the Black Pearl, Melbourne, Australia.

Dried Meadow Flower
With: Reposado tequila, elderflower liqueur, Gentian liqueur, lemon juice and soda
Origin: Created in August 2015 by yours truly at the Cabinet Room, London, England

East Village Athletic Club
With: Blanco tequila, Yellow Chartreuse, Grand Marnier and lemon juice
Origin: Created in 2008 at PDT, New York City, USA.

Flutter
With: Reposado tequila, coffee liqueur and pineapple juice
Origin: Created in 2003 by Tony Coningliaro at Lonsdale House, London, England.

The Hee Bee Jee Bees
With: Manuka Honey Vodka, reposado tequila, Agave Sec, lime juice and lavender bitters
Origin: Created in 2010 by yours truly at the Cabinet Room, London, England

Jalisco Espresso
With: Reposado tequila, espresso coffee and coffee liqueur
Origin: Created in 2005 by Henry Besant & Andres Masso, London, England

Lavender Margarita
With: Reposado tequila, lime juice and lavender syrup
Origin: Created in 2006 by yours truly at the Cabinet Room, London, England.

The Lone Ranger
With: Blanco tequila, lemon juice, sugar syrup and champagne
Origin: Created in 2012 by Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Oregon, USA.

Looks Familiar
With: Islay single malt, blanco tequila, agave syrup, Angostura bitters and Amer Picon
Origin: Created by Jake Burger at Jake's Bar, Leeds, England.

Lucky Lily Margarita
With: Honey, reposado tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice and black pepper
Origin: Adapted from a drink discovered in 2006 at All Star Lanes, London, England.

Margarita 0n-the-rocks (Difford's recipe)
With: Reposado tequila, triple sec, lime juice, agave syrup, salt and lavender bitters
Origin: A tweak on the classic by yours truly.

Mexican Nail
With: Reposado tequila, Drambuie liqueur and Islay single malt
Created in 2010 by yours truly at the Cabinet Room, London, England

Nautilus
With: Reposado tequila, cranberry juice, lime juice and sugar syrup
Origin: Adapted from a drink created by Victor Bergeron (Trader Vic).

New York Minute
With: Reposado tequila, Antica Formula, maraschino liqueur, sugar syrup and Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters
Origin: Adapted from a drink created by Luke Whearty at Der Raum, Melbourne.

Oaxaca Old Fashioned
With: Reposado tequila, mezcal, agave syrup and Angostura Aromatic Bitters
Origin: Created 2007 by Philip Ward at Death & Co., New York City, USA

Paloma
With: Reposado tequila, pink grapefruit juice, lime juice, agave syrup and grapefruit soda
Origin: Created by Don Javier Delgado Corona, at La Capilla, Tequila, Mexico.

Pastry War Margarita
With: Reposado tequila, mezcal, amaro, elderflower liqueur, lime juice and salt
Origin: Adapted from a drink discovered at Bastille Cafe & Bar, Seattle, USA.

La Perla
With: Reposado tequila, manzanilla sherry and pear liqueur
Origin: Adapted from a drink created in 2010 by Jacques Bezuidenhout, San Francisco, USA.

Picador
With: Reposado tequila, triple sec and lime juice
Origin: The original Margarita! Conjecture suggests that this British recipe was copied by whichever American gave the Margarita its name.

Pre Siesta
With: Reposado tequila, Aperol, triple sec and orange bitters
Origin: Created in 2007 by Rich Hunt at Mahiki, London, England.

Saúco Margarita
With: Reposado tequila, elderflower liqueur and lime juice
Origin: Created in 2006 by yours truly, London, England.

Smokestack Lightning
With: Reposado tequila, Islay single malt, agave syrup and lime juice
Origin: Created in 2009 by yours truly at the Cabinet Room, London, England.

Tommy's Margarita
With: Reposado tequila, lime juice and agave syrup
Origin: Created by Julio Bermejo and named after his family's Mexican restaurant and bar in San Francisco, USA.

El Torado
With: Reposado tequila, dry vermouth and apple juice
Origin: Unknown but popular throughout Mexico.

Tres Amigos Daiquiri
With: Blanco tequila, añejo tequila, navy rum, lime juice and sugar syrup
Adapted from Craig Toone's (8:2:1) interpenetration of a cocktail that was doing the rounds in Manchester in 2003, originally under the name 'Triple Rum Daiquiri'.

Sandy The Showgirl
With: Añejo tequila, mezcal, maraschino liqueur, agave syrup and lavender bitters
Origin: Created in April 2015 by yours truly.

Silk Stocking
With: Blanco tequila, white crème de cacao, pomegranate syrup and cream.
Origin: A vintage classic. This recipe by Ryan Chetiyawardana, London, England.

Spanish Eyes
With: Reposado tequila, Byrrh, pacharan, mezcal, orange juice and chocolate bitters
Origin: Created in August 2015 by yours truly at the Cabinet Room, London, England

Sunny Disposition
With: Blanco tequila, Gentian liqueur, apricot brandy, lemon juice, sugar syrup and Boker's Bitters
Origin: Unknown.

Swedish Margarita
With: Reposado tequila, Swedish punch, lime juice and lemon juice
Origin: Created in 2010 by yours truly at the Cabinet Room, London, England.

Tijuana Brass
With: Reposado tequila, agave syrup, lime juice and cucumber foam.
Origin: Created in 2009 by Damian Windsor at The Roger Room, Los Angeles, USA.

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