The 512 Paloma from Tequila 512

National Tequila Day is a perfect time to hone your skills at crafting cocktails with Texas’ distilled darlin’. Try these recipes from some of the Lone Star state’s own tequila makers.

Read about how they master the margaritas at the Original Ninfa’s on Navigation in Houston.

Mexican Mule

Courtesy of Pura Vida Tequila

2 oz  Pura Vida Reposado Tequila

1 oz fresh lime Juice

4 oz ginger beer

Pour ingredients into a copper mug filled with ice. Stir to combine and chill. Garnish with a lime wheel.


512 Paloma

Courtesy of Tequila 512

2 oz. Tequila 512 Reposado

.5 oz fresh lime juice

Pinch of good salt (i.e. Himalayan pink sea salt)

Fill glass w/ Grapefruit Soda (Tequila 512 recommends Jarritos)

Add Tequila 512, lime juice and salt into a highball glass. Fill with ice. Top off with grapefruit soda and give the drink a quick stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Pro tip: Add 0.5 oz. of Liber & Co. Fiery Ginger Syrup to kick up the spice in your Paloma.


The Perfect Paloma

Contributed by Dulce Vida Spirits

1.5 oz. Dulce Vida


2 oz. Topo Chico Mineral Water or Sparkling Water

2 oz. Fresca or Sprite

2 Limes for lime juice

Lime, garnish

Pour Dulce Vida Grapefruit, Topo Choco, Fresca and lime juice into glass.

Stir to mix well. Garnish with lime.



Cucumber Mint Classic Margarita

Cucumber Mint Classic Margarita

Courtesy of Republic Tequila

1 1/2 ounces Republic Plata Tequila

1/2 ounce Cointreau

1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1 ounce Agave Nectar

1 ounce Water

2 Pieces Cucumber 1″x1″ (cut into smaller pieces)

4 Fresh Mint Leaves

Muddle cucumber and mint leaves in a tall mixing glass. Combine remaining ingredients and shake over ice. Pour into glass and garnish with mint.


The Gibbons

Courtesy of Pura Vida Tequila. Named after its famous backer, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.

1½ oz Pura Vida Reposado Tequila

One fresh lime juiced

One fresh lemon in wedges

3 oz. Topo Chico mineral water

Two fresh jalapeño slices

In a shaker with ice, combine tequila, juice of lime and lemon wedges. Shake to combine. Pour into a highball glass filled with ice and top with Topo Chico. Add two fresh jalapeño slices.


Mexican Martini

Courtesy of Z Tequila

1 1/2 oz Z Tequila Reposado

1/2 oz Lime Juice

1 oz Orange Juice


Shake tequila and juices with ice, and strain into martini glass with salt rim, garnish with olives.



Tres Hombres

Tres Hombres

Courtesy of Pura Vida Tequila

½ oz Pura Vida Silver Tequila

½ oz Pura Vida Reposado Tequila

½ oz Pura Vida Añejo Tequila

1 oz NARANJA Orange Liqueur

1 oz fresh lime juice

½ oz Pura Vida Organic Agave Nectar

In a shaker with ice, combine combine all ingredients. Shake to chill and combine. Strain into an ice filled margarita glass with a salted rim. Garnish with a lime wheel.



Courtesy of Riazul

1 part – orange juice
1 part – Riazul Blanco
1 part – Pom Pomegranate Juice

Pour on the rocks and enjoy!


512 Signature Margarita

Courtesy of Tequila 512

2 oz. Tequila 512 Blanco

1 oz. Fresh lime juice

.5 oz Agave Nectar

In a shaker tin add Tequila 512, fresh lime juice and agave nectar. Fill shaker with ice and shake hard for 15 seconds. Double strain into a double rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

Pro tip: For a different take, substitute Liber & Co. Pineapple Gum Syrup for the agave nectar.


dv margarita

Dulce Vida’s Perfect Organic Margarita

Perfect Organic Margarita

Contributed by Dulce Vida Spirits

1.5 oz. Dulce Vida Blanco

1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice

½ oz. agave nectar

¼ oz. fresh squeezed orange juice

Pour Dulce Vida Blanco, lime juice, agave nectar and orange juice in a cocktail mixer.

Close and shake.


Classic Margarita

Courtesy of Z Tequila

1 1/2 oz Z Tequila Reposado

1/2 oz Paula’s Texas Orange Liqueur

3 oz Lime Juice

Shake with ice and strain into glass.

From the August 2017 issue
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