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9 Editor-Loved Cocktails to Celebrate National Tequila Day

To celebrate National Tequila Day, we’re shaking up tequila cocktails with our friends at Patrón Tequila. From lightly floral Reposado to smooth, golden Extra Añejo, their range of handcrafted tequilas are made with high-quality ingredients that’ll add an extra flavor boost to palomas, margaritas, and so much more. Ready your cocktail shakers and mixing glasses: In anticipation of National Tequila Day (July 24) we’re coming in hot with a…

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Today is National Tequila Day, so we’re toasting the occasion by mixing up some refreshing tequila drinks with our Patrón Tequila pals. The range of their handcrafted tequilas, from the lightly floral Reposado to the smooth, golden Extra Aejo, is made with premium ingredients that will elevate the flavor of any cocktail, from palomas to margaritas.

Get out your mixing glasses and cocktail shakers: On this, the eve of National Tequila Day (July 24), we present you with a selection of our most beloved tequila-based cocktails. There’s sure to be a margarita on this list that suits your fancy, from the traditional lime and Cointreau version to more exotic concoctions like the Raspberry Rose Paloma and the Smoky Tequila Mule. (And hey, you could always pour your tequila over watermelon if you don’t want to drink it.) But before you dive in, it’s worth familiarizing yourself with the distinctions between blanco, reposado, and aejo tequilas so you can choose the one that best suits your tastes.

A Primer on Tequila

Blanco, which literally means “silver,” is the standard for tequila. It is typically bottled in its clear form after being diluted and not aged. Blanco tequilas, such as Patrón Silver, have a mildly sweet taste that works in any cocktail, even the simplest ones. Its slightly peppery aftertaste makes it a good base for innovative cocktails like the Raspberry Rose Paloma and the Tropical Sage Paloma, both of which feature additional fruit or herb flavors.

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Reposado tequila is aged in oak barrels for at least two months and up to a year, giving it its characteristic light amber color. Sweet with hints of oak and citrus, Patrón’s reposado stands up well to other ingredients in mixed drinks. Toss it into a traditional margarita or spice things up with a Spicy Mango Margarita.

Aged for at least a year in oak, aejo tequila is a golden liquor with hints of caramel and vanilla. The aejo is aged in a combination of French and Hungarian oak as well as used American whiskey barrels, giving it a complex flavor reminiscent of raisins and honey. Sip it on its own over ice or replace the whiskey in your Old Fashioned with this citrus-friendly aejo.

The cocktails we’ve compiled for National Tequila Day are great with any type of this blue agave-based spirit.

To celebrate a day honoring tequila without mentioning the margarita would be a disservice. This is as traditional as it gets: tequila (of any kind), Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and agave syrup, served on the rocks with a salted rim.

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This cocktail, which is as delicious as it is pretty, uses raspberry vodka. Shake Patrón Reposado, grapefruit juice, lime juice, a splash of rose water, and fresh raspberry syrup, then strain into a glass with a crushed freeze-dried raspberry rim and top with club soda.

It takes a little bit of time to make this mango margarita, but the results are well worth it. Lynnette Marrero, a mixologist with multiple awards, uses Patrón Silver Tequila as the base for her award-winning mango margarita, which also includes mango shrub, grilled pineapple juice, and a dash of hot sauce.

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The genius of this drink is in the fact that it combines two flavors that aren’t typically associated with the word “paloma,” pineapple and sage. The two are reduced to a syrup by simmering, then the syrup, Patrón Reposado, and lime juice are shaken. To finish off your drinks, top them off with grapefruit soda and raise a glass.

This Smoky Tequila Mule is made with spicy simple syrup, lime juice, ginger beer, and Patrón Reposado. The citrusy sweetness of the Patron Reposado will be elevated by the spicy ginger and chipotle syrup.

Anyone can be enticed by the Hibiscus Margarita’s vibrant hue, but just wait until you take your first sip and realize how good it really is. The cocktail’s creator, Shannon Mustipher, was “inspired by growing up in Charleston, which is a really bright and floral city—just like the flavors in this cocktail,” using ingredients such as Patrón Silver, spiced hibiscus syrup, fresh lime juice, and orange Curaçao.

I was wondering if you had finished your bottle of Patrón Silver. Try this Rosemary Paloma if you haven’t already. This cocktail, with its syrup based on woody herbs and grapefruit soda, is perfect for any time of year.

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While blended margaritas can be a lot of fun, this strawberry margarita is best enjoyed on the rocks and is made with real strawberries. Making a single serving of this fruit would be a waste of its floral, juicy goodness when combined with tequila and lime.

The Session Margarita is the perfect choice for those who want to enjoy a cocktail but aren’t keen on drinking something too strong. Manzanilla sherry, tequila (your preferred style), orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, and a touch of agave syrup come together to create a low-proof margarita that packs all the flavor of its stronger counterpart but goes down easier.

In honor of Tequila Day, what drink are you planning to whip up? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Patrón Tequila, a company we know and trust, has been producing tequila in Jalisco, Mexico from 100% Blue Weber Agave for over 30 years. Patrón uses only the finest ingredients in all of their handcrafted tequilas, from the bright and citrusy Patrón Silver to the velvety and complex Patrón Aejo. Pick up a bottle of Patrón at a local store if you’re looking to enhance the flavor of your next mixed drink.

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