{Double Batch} Favorite Summery Cocktail

pomegranate-ginger margarita, a bartender’s tequila creation for me, one of Mama’s margaritas

When people find out my liquor of choice is tequlia, they tend balk and proceed to ask one or more of the following:

  1. “WHAT?!!”
  2. “How does tequila not put you on the floor?”
  3. “Doesn’t tequila make you [insert debaucherous activity here]?”
  4. “LET’S DO SHOTS!”

My responses to these exclamations usually go something like this:

  1. “Yes.”
  2. “Tequila just doesn’t do that to me.”
  3. “No.”
  4. “Thanks but no thanks.”

When I’m out with friends, they tend to order the standard G&T (like Molly!) or vodka soda.  Well, there’s nothing about gin nor tonic I enjoy, and vodka and I didn’t get off a great start so I don’t even entertain the Grey Gooses and Absoluts and Ketel Ones of the world when ordering a cocktail — I go straight to the tequila. Perhaps I love tequila because it’s the first liquor I tasted in the classy, non-shot, non-jungle juice form of my mama’s margarita (rightmost photo above).

I prefer my margaritas with silver tequila, on the rocks, no salt (unless it’s chili rock salt on a hibiscus margarita), with extra lime juice and no sour mix ever, fresh lime slices, and maybe an orange slice if I’m feeling sassy.  Margaritas are great, but sometimes I’m in the mood for something different — something over crushed ice in a massive ball jar, something citrusy, something lime-y, not-too sweet, extra points for jalapeño-infused something, topped off with a little bubbly natural soda. Violá!  A refreshing summery cocktail.

Spritzy & Spicy Grapefruit-Lime-Tequila Gem

1 gigantic Mason jar (in our house, we use Mason jars exclusively as drinking glasses and they’re the best thing ever)

crushed ice

4 oz. (2 shots) silver tequila

1 lime, halved

1/2 jalapeño, thinly sliced, deseeded and deveined (the more seeds and veins you leave, the fierier the cocktail)

1 can grapefruit (pompelmo) San Pellegrino OR 1 bottle grapefruit Izzie soda

Fill Mason jar with crushed ice, add tequila.  Squeeze half the lime over tequila and ice and add jalapeño slices.  Top off with grapefruit soda of your choice, shake or stir as desired, and garnish with the remaining lime.

Cin cin! (P.S. — it’s pronounced ‘chin chin’ and you better damned well look people in the eye when you say that, or else. )

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32 comments

  1. I am so with you on the tequila (but only the good stuff, please!) And yeah, I get those responses and then some when people find out I love tequila!

  2. Tequila is my drink of choice as well. Prefer it on the rocks, straight. BUT…Love a good Sunrise or with Tequila Cooler (Tequila + Cactus Cooler). I like Cactus Jacks too (Jack Daniels + Cactus Cooler). It is the ONLY time I drink soda. I saw Matthew McConaughey make a margarita on Guy Fieri’s show that looked pretty amazing – http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/just-keep-livin-margarita-recipe/index.html – but like you, I’m not a big margarita person…

    Now I’m thirsty. :)

    Have a GREAT weekend!

  3. um…this is getting made tonight! when i lived in california, there was a bar we’d drive out into the middle of nowhere to go to just because they served all mixed drinks in giant mason jars. & also because their drinks had names like “crocodile teeth tumbler”…yup, i’m making this tonight & calling it a crocodile teeth tumbler. thank you.

  4. This sounds really amazing. And cheers to you for drinking out of Mason jars. All drinks should be drunk out of Mason jars. Very substantial.

  5. When recently asked during jury selection to describe my alcohol use, I contemplated saying I used tequila to get pregnant. Then, I thought maybe that wasn’t the kind of answer they were wanting. Great post!

  6. Have you ever tried “Tres Generaciones’ tequila? I also like a traditional Mexican non alcoholic drink ‘Agua de Jamaica’ and one night I decided to mix it with the tequila. Awesome!

  7. I love tequila too but my husband can’t drink it – and I find margaritas too cloying – so I haven’t had a good tequila cocktail in years. You had me at jalapeno – I just might have to try this one!

  8. I like beer, I like beer, I like beer, I like beer, I like beer, I like beer, I like beer, I like beer, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    But if I run out of beer, I’d be happy to try one of your tequila cocktails. They sound great.

    I might even get around to doing a cartoon on tequila and putting it with the others on my blog.

  9. Tequila has always been my liquor of choice. It’s like candy to a baby for me. I have also been a professional bartender for 20 years, so let me help. First off rules for tequila, color doesn’t matter other than the woody/cactus taste that tends to increase as it ages. Silver hasn’t been aged at all, resposado is aged between 6 months and a year and anejo is aged a year or more. It’s not like whiskey, it doesn’t get better with age. THE #1 most important thing is that it is 100% agave! The blended tequilas like your everyday Jose Cuervo gold is full of sugar and garbage and it makes people sick and or stupid. Stick with straight 100% agave or don’t do it at all. Next, sugar + tequila speed up the affects and make it a head buzz. If you drink 100% agave tequila and you don’t mix it with anything but water you’ll find it is much more a body high than a head spinning nasty buzz. Now the idea of a million margaritas is the American fascination with a glass.It has nothing to do with what’s in the glass. The original margarita is resposado agave, contreau, it’s a not-so-sweet orange liquor, and a simple squeeze of fresh lime. It was never blended and never had any sweet and sour mix loaded full of chemicals and sugars. Matter of fact it didn’t originally even have a salted rim. If you want to explore some amazing things with tequila mix it with things that occur naturally from the dessert or tropical Mexico. Tequila and pineapple, with a squeeze of lime is called a Matador and it’s one of my favorites. For lots more info, tricks, and a bunch of short stories that are sure to put a smile on your face please check out my e-book “A Fly on the Wall, A Bartender’s Perspective” at http://secretsofabartender.wordpress.com P.S.-Mezcal’s are a whole another animal but we can discuss that at a later time.

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