Innovative Tequila Cocktails

Innovative Tequila Cocktails: Six simple, yet innovative tequila cocktails flavored with

Think beyond the margarita with these six creative, yet easy-to-make cocktails that pair tequila with a variety of complementing flavors and ingredients.

The Pepino

  • Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 ounce 901 Silver Tequila
  • 1 slice of English cucumber 1/4-inch thick
  • 1/4 ounce agave nectar
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh pineapple juice
  • 3 Italian basil leaves
  • 1/2 ounce Combier (orange liqueur)

Muddle the cucumber, then add remaining ingredients & ice. Shake, pour into a tall glass, garnish with cucumber slice and a sprig of basil.

Recipe & photo courtesy 901 Tequila

Makes 1 serving

Grapefruit Rita

  • Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 ounces Cabo Wabo Blanco
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed red grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice,
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a salt-rimmed glass over fresh ice.

Makes 1 serving

Recipe & photo courtesy Cabo Wabo Tequila

901 & Nectar

  • Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 ounces 901 Silver Tequila
  • 1 ounce honey syrup
  • 1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce Combier

Dip the rim of the glass in honey and then in salt. Pour all the ingredients in shaker, add ice, shake and pour into margarita glass. Garnish with a twist of orange.

To make the honey syrup: Mix 6 ounces of honey with 2 ounces of hot water. Stir well and allow it cool before using.

Makes 1 serving

Recipe & photo courtesy 901 Tequila

Citrus Margarita

  • Ingredients:
  • Juice of 1/2 navel orange
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur
  • 2 ounces Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila

Combine all of the juices and stir in sugar until dissolved. Stir in the orange liqueur and Cabo Wabo Tequila.

Run a lime wedge around the top of a rocks glass, rim with salt, fill halfway with ice and pour in the cocktail.

Makes 1 serving

Recipe & photo courtesy Cabo Wabo Tequila

Churro Margarita

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 ounces Cabo Wabo Añejo Tequila
  • 1 ounce Licor 43
  • 1 ounce Carolans Irish Cream
  • 1/4 ounce Tuaca
  • Mix of cinnamon and sugar for the rim

Shake up liquid ingredients with ice. Strain cocktail over fresh ice into a rocks glass, rimmed with the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Makes 1 serving

Recipe & photo courtesy Cabo Wabo Tequila


  • Ingredients:
  • 2 ounces Milagro Reposado
  • 3/4 ounce agave nectar
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 4 pineapple chunks
  • 2 basil leaves
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Muddle the pineapple and basil in a mixing glass. Add ice, shake well, strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with lime.

Variation: Strain into a highball glass, add 3 drops of Angostura Bitters, top with ginger beer.

Makes 1 serving

Recipe & photo courtesy Milagro Tequila

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