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Great Tequila Cocktails That Aren’t Margaritas

Great Tequila Cocktails That Aren’t Margaritas

There’s a famous song that’s starts to rattle around in people’s heads this time of year, and it’s usually accompanied by an image of Pee Wee Herman dancing across the bar top at a biker bar. It only has three words in the entire song, but it’s those words we’re focused on today. “Tequila!” written by The Champs in 1957 is the perfect song to crank up as the days get longer and the drinks get colder. Especially when those drinks are made with tequila.

Tequila cocktails live in the shadow of the heavy hitters like the Margarita and the Paloma, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook them. We’ve put together a few recipes that will break you out of the margarita bubble and open your eyes to the wonderfully wide world of tequila cocktails!

2 oz Blanco tequila
¾ oz Fresh lime juice
¾ oz Simple syrup
½ oz Campari
½ oz Fresh grapefruit juice
Lime wheel (for serving)

Combine tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, Campari, and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds.
Strain cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

2½ oz Blanco tequila
½ oz Dry vermouth
Dash of Angostura bitters for garnish
Olive or lemon twist for garnish

Pour the tequila, dry vermouth, and bitters into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an olive or lemon twist.

Bloody Maria
2 oz Casa Noble Crystal Tequila
4 oz Tomato juice
½ oz Lemon juice
4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes Tabasco Sauce
2 dashes Tapatio Hot Sauce
½ tbsp Prepared horseradish, to taste
1 pinch Celery salt
1 pinch Ground black pepper
Garnish with lime wedge, lemon wedge, cucumber spear, sweet pepper slices, jalapeño slices and queso fresco

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
Shake briefly and strain into a pint glass filled with fresh ice.
Garnish with a lime wedge, a lemon wedge, a cucumber spear and a skewer of sweet pepper slices, jalapeño slices and queso fresco.

Juan Collins
1½ oz Tequila
1 oz Lemon juice
½ oz Agave nectar
2 oz Club soda (or enough to top the glass)
Lemon, lime wedge for garnish

Pour the tequila, lemon juice, and nectar into a Collins glass filled with ice cubes.
Stir thoroughly, top with club soda, and garnish with a citrus wedge.

Don’t forget that the best selection of Tequila can be found at a Spec’s near you. Enjoy!


Owned and operated by the same Houston family since 1962, Spec’s is a true destination shopping experience. We now operate over 150 stores all over the great state of Texas and offer a large selection of wines, spirits and finer foods.

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