5 Summer Tequila Cocktails to Start The Weekend off Right

When Friday afternoon rolls around, there’s nothing New Yorkers look forward to more than a well-made cocktail. And nothing gets the party started like tequila! Whether you’re taking a road trip to Sagaponack or jetting off to Saint-Tropez, Haute Living has rounded up five creative tequila cocktail recipes to help you welcome the weekend. Cheers!

Verde Palabra - Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown

Verde Palabra at Bodega Negra at the Dream Hotel

1.5 oz Casamigos Blanco
.75 oz Green Chartreuse
.75 oz jalapeño syrup
.75 oz pineapple juice
.75 oz lime juice
pinch of cilantro

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled partway with ice. Shake until cold, then strain into a tall glass. Garnish with a sprig of cilantro.

BiQuiNi at Casa La Femme

1.5 oz Qui Tequila
.5 oz orange-flavored liqueur
1 oz pink grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon agave syrup
splash of lemon & lime juice
splash of champagne
orange peel

Combine all ingredients except champagne and orange peel into a shaker over ice and shake well. Strain into martini glass and top with a splash of champagne. Garnish with orange peel.

Spicy Paloma - The Roof at Viceroy Hotel

Spicy Paloma at The Roof at Viceroy Hotel

2 oz Casamigos Blanco Tequila
.75 oz Thai Chile Aperol
1 oz grapefruit juice
.5oz lime juice
.5oz simple syrup

Combine all ingredients except the seltzer in a cocktail shaker filled partway with ice. Shake until cold, then strain into a Collins glass filled 1/3 of the way with ice. Top with a little soda and float a grapefruit slice in the glass.

Pink Mojito

Pink Mojito from Hakkasan

2 oz Baron tequila
0.5 oz brown sugar syrup
4 lime wedges
handful of mint leaves

Muddle mint leaves. Add crushed ice and stir vigorously. Pour into glass. Add more crushed ice. Slowly add cranberry juice.

mexican mule

Mexican Mule at Gemma at The Bowery Hotel

1.5 oz Qui Platinum Extra-Añejo Tequila
3 oz golden ginger
3 dashes of angostura bitters
orange twist

In a mixing glass, add ice and all the above ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain over ice into a copper mug and garnish with an orange twist.