Tequila Cocktails

Gran Margarita


Mezcal Sazerac

Smokers’ Old Fashioned

Gran Margarita

This iconic Tequila cocktail was invented in the late 1930’s or early 1940’s as a cocktail containing only tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice. Today, the concept of the “Margarita” has grown to include just about every variation of tequila, sweetened liqueur and citrus. This version strikes a nice balance between sweet and sour. It is served on ice, but can easily be strained or blended.

1.5 oz Blanco Tequila
.75 oz GranGala
.75 oz Simple Syrup
.75 oz Lime Juice
.75 oz Lemon Juice

Use a lime wedge to moisten rim of a margarita glass.  Salt as desired.  Add all ingredients and ice to a shaker.  Shake heavily.  Pour entire contents, including ice, into the margarita glass.  Use a lime quarter or wheel to garnish.  Experiment with different tequilas, different orange liqueurs and even different sweeteners as a substitute for the Simple Syrup.


Often described as merely a “Diet Margarita,” this cocktail does have its own identity – and that identity is grapefruit. Traditionally, this cocktail calls for Tequila, sweetener, lime juice, grapefruit juice and soda water.  However, Fresca – the diet citrus-grapefruit soda – provides a delightful shortcut.  This version bridges the gap nicely between a traditional Paloma and a Margarita, and is incredibly refreshing on a warm day.

1.5 oz Blanco Tequila
.25 oz GranGala or other TripleSec

In a lowball, add Tequila and GranGala over ice.  Top with Fresca.  While you can experiment a bit with fresh grapefruit and lime, or even different types of grapefruit or grapefruit soda, hitting the mark on sweetness is critical on this one.  And make sure to stick with a Blanco Tequila, as an aged tequila just doesn’t work here.

Mezcal Sazerac

Just like the original Sazerac, this version creates a complex drink that is simple to prepare.   While Absinthe or Herbsaint may not be in every liquor cabinet, pick up a bottle and some Peychaud’s bitters, which together may last you a lifetime with this cocktail.

2 oz Joven Mezcal
2 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
2 Dashes Angustora Bitters
Dash Simple Syrup
Swirl or Spritz Absinthe or Herbsaint

Lightly spritz or swirl Absinthe in a lowball and disgard. In a mixing glass, combine Mezcal, bitters, simple syrup and ice. Stir. Pour into a lowball glass rimmed with oils from lemon peel.

Smoker’s Old Fashioned

There is no secret that the go-to cocktail for men across the country is increasingly becoming the Old Fashioned.  But don’t let that trend limit your creativity.  Like the Margarita, the Old Fashioned has become more about a category of drink than an exacting recipe.  This version is sure to impress your friends.

1 oz Anejo Tequila
3/4 oz Joven Mezcal
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

In an lowball filled with ice, stir in Tequila, Mezcal and Bitters.  Stir, rim glass with oils from an orange peel and use the peel for a garnish.  Feel free to flame your orange, or even smoke your glass if you have the ability.