If your experience of savoring the tequila is limited to drinking shots concocted with lemon zests and salt, then you’d surely be eager to try some heady cocktails prepared using this humble Mexican beverage. Distilled from the blue agave plant native to Guadalajara region in Mexico, tequila has an acerbic flavor and majority of drinkers have reported feeling awful when they took a shot for the first time. The very fact that drinkers invariably add a pinch of salt and a slice of lemon is ample proof of its gut-wrenching tang.
However, the agave essence, sweet and earthy by nature, which remains masked when you sip the beverage neat, is brought to the fore, the moment it is cocktailed. Margarita continues to rule the roost as the most popular tequila cocktail but there are a host of other heady cocktails you can try to enhance your experience. Following are some mixers or cocktails of tequila that should be on your must-try list.
Refrigerate a highball glass for about half an hour for chilling it
Transfer the tequila, agave nectar, and lemon juice into the glass
You can add crushed ice for making the content extra chilled
Keep on stirring the contents till they blend perfectly
Wedge the lemon slice or peel atop the glass rim for flavoring
Abide by the following tips for concocting a heady Juan Collins mixer
The type of tequila you select makes a huge difference to the drink’s quality on the whole as Juan Collins does not usually have strong flavors for suppressing the tequila’s caustic aftertaste
It is worthwhile to opt for Blanco or a vintage reposado aged in an oak cask for about a year
Agave Nectar works best with tequila as both are agave based
Lemon juice is regarded as an indispensable ingredient of Juan Collins. You can also use a wedge of lemon or lime juice as a replacement. You can add a little more of the sap later on while sipping, if you feel like it
You can either chill a highball or Collins glass in advance or add 5-6 crushed ice cubes (just enough to fill the glass just below the rim)
Rim the edge of the glass with salt
Pour the tequila and the lime juice
Now add the grapefruit soda as a top-up
Follow these tips for making your Paloma more soothing
Go for a silver tequila (or Blanco)
Grapefruit is an absolute must for concocting any type of Paloma drink. Grapefruit soda has been used traditionally. Choose the best grapefruit soda brand you come across- Squirt and the Jarritos are the most popular out there; you could go for anyone.