Tequila: It can make us a little rowdy. It's a truth serum. Everyone has that one story about it. And it has a holiday all its own. So this Monday, July 24, celebrate National Tequila Day in a big way with these cocktails from across DFW that showcase the beautiful agave spirit.
The Escorpión at Jettison, $14
1878 Sylvan Ave. (West Dallas)
(Fidencio Classico Mezcal, Suerte Silver Tequila, Giffard apricot liquor, lemon juice, housemade orgeat, fresh squeezed orange juice, Angostura bitters)
While Jettison is focused on tequila's smoky cousin, mezcal, it's letting the lighter spirit out to play with its Escorpión. The tiki-inspired cocktail, featuring both tequila and Mezcal along with apricot liquor and almond syrup, is a perfect summer drink that comes with a touch of fire.
The Rossa Classic-Rita at Taverna Rossa, $10
4005 Preston Road, Plano, and 1151 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake
(Hand-selected Corazon Single Barrel Reposado, Grand Marnier, agave, simple syrup, house sour mix)
This take on a classic margarita will make you rethink pizza and beer. The new power couple? Pizza and a margarita, and this one is a beauty.
The Verdita at Bolsa, $9
614 W. Davis St. (Oak Cliff)
(Tequila, pineapple, lime, St. Germain, maraschino, cilantro, mint garnished with a pequín pepper, paprika and salt rim, dried mango candy with chamoy)
This frozen goodness has all the best things: tequila, St. Garmain, peppers, mango and chamoy. Pop into Bolsa during happy hour and you can get this frozen treat for $5.
The Wildflower at Lark on the Park, $13
2015 Woodall Rodgers Fwy. (Arts District)
(Reposado tequila, lemon juice, sauvignon blanc-thyme reduction, Yellow Chartreuse rinse)
Can't decide between a tequila cocktail or wine? This is a win-win for you, thanks to the use of a housemade sauvignon blanc-thyme reduction.
The Machete at Mexican Sugar, $12
7501 Lone Star Dr., Plano
(Serrano-infused blanco tequila, watermelon juice, cucumber juice, lime juice, agave)
This summer, quench your thirst with this beautifully mixed, refreshing option at Mexican Sugar. It balances the sweet and spicy notes to create a dangerously drinkable cocktail.
Tequila Punch from El Bolero, $12
1201 Oak Lawn Ave. (Design District)
(Roca Patrón Silver, lime juice, pineapple juice, agave, blackberries, jalapeño)
Give your taste buds a punch with the Tequila Punch, made with tahona-pressed Patrón Tequila, which gives it slightly sweet notes that stand up well in cocktails.
Straight Outta Cozumel at Moxie's, $11
100 Crescent Court (Uptown)
(Don Julio Blanco Agave Tequila, Texas orange, fresh basil, pineapple simple syrup and fresh-pressed lime)
Moxie's may be a Canadian brand, but it knows how to use tequila. You'll want to pack up and head to Mexico after having this fruity, intriguing tequila option.
The Cloud 9 at Mi Dia From Scratch, $15
1295 S. Main St., Grapevine, and 3310 Dallas Pkwy., Plano
(Código 1530 Blanco Rose Tequila, Cointreau Noir, lemon and lime juice, smoked vanilla agave, hibiscus air)
This beauty shakes things up in a new way. Instead of a usual garnish, Mi Dia uses "hibiscus air" to give this a little extra flavor and a lot of extra excitement. What is hibiscus air? A molecular gastronomy technique wherein Mi Dia From Scratch uses sucro, an emulsifier that binds tiny molecules, to form air with the help of a immersion blender.
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The Strait Paloma at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, $15
2000 McKinney Ave. (Uptown) and 2440 Parkwood Blvd., Frisco
(Código 1530 Blanco Tequila, blood orange and grapefruit juices, fresh-pressed lime juice, agave nectar)
George Strait knows country, and he apparently knows tequila, too — or he knew which one to put his name behind. Perry's created a cocktail using George's Código 1530 Blanco Tequila with traditional paloma ingredients to make this simple yet delicious rendition on a classic.
The Bad Hombre at Rapscallion, $14
2023 Greenville Ave. (Lower Greenville)
(Lunazul Reposado, ginger, orange, lime, habanero, house chili salt)
This bad boy will have your taste buds yelling from the sweet, spicy and hot notes throughout this simple-yet-complex cocktail.