Friday, 5 May 2017

Top 10 Easy Tequila Cocktails

It's FRIDAY! The perfect time to share some delicious, easy tequila cocktail recipes with you.

When I was much younger, Friday meant promises of a weekend of dancing the night away and knocking back a few tequila slammers, but once I sort of grew out of my crazy party days, I also fell out of love with tequila a bit. It just didn't seem very grown up.

Now it's rarely at the top of my cocktail ingredient list, despite being responsible for some of the world's most popular cocktails - like the margarita - and I know I'm not alone in this. We've written before about where to find good tequila, and now I thought it was high time I did a run-down of some of the tastiest ways to get this feisty spirit back into your lives.

So if you do just one thing this weekend, give one of these ten easy tequila cocktails a try: they're elegant, full of flavour and full of bite and zing. I'm falling back in love with tequila again.

1. The Paloma

A bit of a classic, this is very deserving of a place on your go-to cocktails list. You only need simple, accessible ingredients: tequila, lime, grapefruit juice, simple syrup and soda.

Try this super recipe from Annie's Eats.

2. South X Southwest

An amazing creation from Josh Pearson at Sepia bar, I stumbled across this on the Cosmopolitan website recently and fell in love. It's full of some of my favourite flavours: tequila, rosemary, moscato d'asti, elderflower liqueur and lemon juice. YUM.

3. Cherry margarita

I came up with this back in Vinspire's early days, and it remains a firm favourite both with me and you guys! Fresh cherries, lime, tequila, triple sec, sugar syrup - and salt for the rim. Flavour explosions.

4. Midori Mambo

Ah, the perfect way to use up the Midori I've had knocking about for a few months (or a great excuse to try a bottle if you haven't)! This melon liqueur blends with coconut cream, lime juice and tequila for a big tropical fiesta in your mouth.

5. Iced Teaquila

Aside from having an amazing pun name, this cocktail is also good because it combines refreshing, earthy iced tea with naughty tequila and lemon. The recipe for this one is over at Food and Wine.

6. Salty Chihuahua

Like the vodka-based salty dog, this recipe has grapefruit, salt and orange liqueur - with a big old slug of tequila. I think I prefer it the Mexican way. Recipe from Eating Well.

7. Plum Dinger

I created this on a cold, miserable Autumn day in 2013, and I can't decide if the drink or the name cheered me up more (I know, I'm so modest. But I love a pun!)

It's plum juice, rosemary, amaretto, tequila and orange juice - and it's one of those cocktails that makes me long for the end of summer (even though it hasn't even started yet.)

8. Tequila Blackberry Lemonade

Another autumnal treat, there's something effortlessly delicious about this cocktail recipe from Real Housemoms. It's only three ingredients (the clue's in the name) and you can whip it up in about 2 minutes = perfect cocktail recipe for the end of a long week!

9. Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita

Of all the margarita variations, this has to be one of the most exciting. It's from The Chic Site and I've seen it doing the rounds on Pinterest more times than I care to remember. Tequila, orange liqueur, simple syrup (or agave nectar if you feel fancy), lime, strawberries, jalapenos and salt. A lengthy but easily findable list of ingredients for a showy-offy cocktail.

10. Margarita sangria

Wow. Just wow. This is seriously boozy but oh so drinkable - just be careful to pace yourself. White wine, tequila, triple sec, oranges and orange juice, limes and lime juice, and some coriander - so it's equal parts naughty and nice!

 It's completely delicious - which is appropriate as it's from the Completely Delicious blog.

Huge thanks to all these brilliant blogs and magazines for bringing the 'happy' back to my tequila cocktails!

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