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Oaxaca is different from most of Jalisco where tequila is made. It is very mountainous - some of the mezcals (or more properly, mezcales) come from farms at 8,000 feet (San Luis Del Rio) and 8,500 feet (Santo Domingo Albarradas) altitude. Mezcal production is still mostly done in tiny, family-run operations, managed along with other business or agriculture. These small producers may keep their best product for family and friends, and sell their mid- and low-quality mezcal to larger companies for bottling and bulk sales


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Updated May, 2011

Tequila Cocktails

Other tequila drinks

Tequila can substitute for several other spirits in cocktails to create a new taste sensation. Use it in place of vodka or gin to see what you get. Also, here are just a few drink ideas culled from the Net (sources listed below). Surf and find others that appeal to your drinking tastes. Again, always use 100% agave tequila.


Tequila sunrise posterOne area not touched on here is the current fad for 'slammers' and similar drinks. These are designed for the braggadocio of high-school machismo drinking bouts and contribute exactly nothing to tequila or the perception of the drinker's maturity.


The tequila sunrise is undoubtedly the most famous tequila cocktail after the

margarita. It's been honoured in book titles, songs and movie titles.


Tequila Sunrise

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 4 oz Orange juice
  • 2 dashes (3/4 oz) Grenadine

Pour tequila and orange juice in a highball glass. Add ice and stir. Tilt the glass and pour the Grenadine down the side. The Grenadine should fall to the bottom of the glass, and then rise up slowly. Garnish with an orange slice. This drink is sometimes stirred gently.


Cactus Margarita

  • 1¼ oz. tequila
  • ½ oz. pineapple concentrate
  • 5 oz. sweet & sour or margarita mix
  • 1 oz. cream of coconut
  • 12 oz. ice

Tequila sunriseBlend all ingredients until slushy. Note that there is no cactus used here, nor is tequila made from a cactus, nor in fact is any fermented or distilled drink in Mexico made from cactus.



  • 2 oz. coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz. silver tequila


Tequila Sour
  • 1¼ oz. tequila
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ tsp. bar sugar

Shake with ice. Strain into chilled sour glass. Garnish with lemon slice and maraschino cherry.


Tequila Martini

  • ¾ oz. tequila
  • ½ oz. dry vermouth

Stir with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an olive.


Low Rider

  • 1½ oz. tequila
  • ½ oz. triple sec
  • 1 splash cranberry juice


Acapulco Blue
  • ¾ oz. tequila
  • ½ oz. blue curacao
  • ½ oz. bar syrup
  • 1 splash club soda

Rim whiskey sour glass with lime juice and salt. Place ½ orange slice in glass. Add crushed ice, tequila, blue curacao, bar syrup and club soda to fill. Stir lightly.


Añejo Pacifico

  • 1¼ oz. añejo tequila
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. passion-fruit syrup

Chill mixture over rocks. Strain. Serve in cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.


Tequila Bloody Maria
  • 2 parts blanco tequila
  • Fill glass with your favorite Bloody Mary mix
  • Sprinkle coarse black pepper
Serve in a highball glass over ice and garnish with a lime wedge, celery and cherry tomatoes.

Dulce de Tequila

  • 2 oz. reposado tequila
  • 1 oz. cognac
  • 1 oz. Cointreau or orange liqueur
  • .5 oz Lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. agave nectar
  • Large-grained sugar

Sugar on rim; garnish with lemon wedge.

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Tequila, lime and tomatoIn Artes de Mexico's issue 27, a tequila banderita, or flag, is described:


Three caballitos, one with green lime juice, one with clear ('white') tequila, the last with red sangrita - arranged in these colours to represent the Mexican flag. Not so much a cocktail as a national statement.


And for that hot summer afternoon, what could be more refreshing than this recipe for Mexican Lemonade from Liquor and Librations:


  • 2oz good tequila
  • 3-4oz sour mix (make your own, it’s soooooo much better and keeps forever in the fridge)
  • a splash of grenadine
  • a splash of simple syrup
  • soda water

Put all the ingredients except for the soda water into a shaker with ice and mix well. Strain into a Collins glass with ice and top up with soda. Garnish with a lemon or lime wheel.




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