Americans drink about 50 million liters of tequila annually, which is more than is consumed in Mexico.
What better way to celebrate the day than with two tequila-based cocktails? These recipes are from the book Latin Twist, by Vianney Rodriguez and Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack.
These drinks are quick and easy to make yet pack a lot of fresh flavor. Salud!
1½ ounces tequila (reposado or añejo)
1 ounce Triple Sec or Cointreau
½ ounce fresh lime juice
1 very thin lime slice, for garnish
Moisten rim of a Margarita glass with a lime and coat with salt.
Fill the glass with ice. Pour the tequila, Triple Sec, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker and fill the shaker halfway with ice.
Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker turns frosty. Strain the Margarita into the prepared glass and garnish with a lime slice.
1 ½ ounces blanco or reposado tequila
½ cup cold, fresh orange juice
Splash of grenadine
Fill a highball glass with ice. Slowly pour the tequila over the ice, followed by the orange juice. Drizzle in the grenadine and enjoy the sunrise magic.