'The Arrest'
'The Arrest'

National Tequila Day 2018: Five of the best cocktail recipes

Get the party started with these refreshing and zesty cocktail recipes

Sabrina Barr
Tuesday 24 July 2018 10:42

You know the party’s about to start when someone cracks open a bottle of tequila.

The much-beloved Mexican spirit, which is made from the blue agave plant, is often best enjoyed as a shot with a sprinkle of salt beforehand and a slice of lime afterwards.

However, with National Tequila Day taking place today in the US, why not put your mixology skills to the test by concocting a delectable tequila-based cocktail instead?

Stir up a storm this National Tequila Day with these five cocktail recipes:

1. The refreshing margarita

'Gaucho Margarita'

This margarita is served at Coin Laundry at Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, London.

The recipe includes Gatsby’s caramatè Olmeca tequila, which is a combination of Gatsby’s caramatè tea and Olmeca silver tequila.

To make the tequila, infuse 25g of Gatsby’s caramatè tea in a 70cl bottle of Olmeca silver tequila.

Let it infuse for approximately 15 minutes, before fine straining the mixture and rebottling it.


  • 50ml Gatsby’s caramatè Olmeca tequila
  • 25ml lime juice
  • 10ml agave syrup
  • Two dashes of saline solution


  1. Put all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake it with ice and strain it twice.
  3. Serve the cocktail in a glass on the rocks.

2. The sweet and sour tipple

'The Moriarty'

The ‘Moriarty’ cocktail is served at The American Bar at The Stafford London.

The beverage is designed to be both appetisingly sweet and sour, with a blend of grapefruit juice, lime juice and Solerno blood orange liqueur.


  • 30ml Don Julio tequila
  • 20ml Vida mezcal
  • 15ml Solerno blood orange liqueur
  • 40ml grapefruit juice
  • 15ml lime juice
  • Dash of agave syrup
  • Dash of champagne


  1. Place the tequila, mezcal, Solerno liqueur, grapefruit juice, lime juice and agave syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake the mixture thoroughly and pour it into a glass.
  3. Add a dash of champagne once poured into a glass to top it up.
  4. Garnish the cocktail with a banana leaf and fresh dill.

3. The chocolatey delight

'The Arrest'

The cocktails created at Rake’s at Andaz on Liverpool Street are inspired by the life of Tom Rakewell, a fictional character whose life was depicted in a series of paintings by 18th Century English artist William Hogarth.

This cocktail, named ‘The Arrest’, is based on one of the paintings, which shows Rakewell evading arrest while on his way to a party at St James’s Palace.

The ingredients are purposely bittersweet, combining a sweet syrup with chocolate mole bitters, rum and tequila.


  • 30ml East London Liquor Company demerara rum
  • 20ml Patron silver tequila
  • 10ml salted simple syrup (make by mixing 8g of fine sea salt with 700ml of simple syrup)
  • Five drops of Bittermens Xocolatl mole bitters


  1. Pour all ingredients into a rocks glass that’s been rimmed with coffee, salt, pepper and sugar.
  2. To make the blend of ingredients for the rim, mix 1g coffee with 0.5g salt, 4g sugar and 0.5g fresh black pepper.
  3. Then, stir the drink directly into the glass with a single large ice cube inside.
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4. The fruity offering

'AquaRiva Firing Squad'

Cleo Rocos became a well-known name on the comedy circuit before deciding to explore other avenues with the drinks industry, founding tequila brand AquaRiva.

Rocos, who will be holding a free tequila masterclass at Skylight in East London on 5 August, has created the AquaRiva Firing Squad, which is full of fruity flavour.


  • 50ml AquaRiva tequila (blanco or reposado)
  • 25ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 25ml fresh pomegranate juice
  • 12ml AquaRiva organic agave syrup
  • Four shakes of Angostura bitters


  1. Shake the blend of ingredients with lots of ice.
  2. Serve on the rocks with a twist of orange.
  3. This cocktail can also be strained and served in a chilled martini glass.

5. The elegant option

'Sexy Ting'

The ‘Sexy Ting’ cocktail, served at retro eatery Bobby Fitzpatrick in West Hampstead, London, requires very few ingredients in order to make an impact.

The concoction is made simply from tequila, lime juice and Ting reduction.

Ting is a carbonated drink popular in the Caribbean.

In order to make Ting reduction, all you need to do is simmer Ting until the liquid reaches a third of its original volume, leave it to cool and then keep it refrigerated for up to a week.


  • 50ml tequila blanco
  • 20ml fresh lime juice
  • 30ml Ting reduction


  1. Churn all of the ingredients in a tall glass with crushed ice.

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