7 Summer Drinks That Take You South of the Border

The Cocktail Quarterly, Vol. XII

South of the Border Edition

  • Brought to you by Don Julio

To cool down this summer, you must (paradoxically) go toward the heat.

Meaning: go south.  

Here, under sweltering skies, you'll discover the keys to a great summer drink: Keep things nice and fresh. Use (natch) plenty of ice. Sweetness and spice can and should co-exist.

Also, be adventurous. A margarita isn't your only choice.

You can find proof (high-proof, in fact) in The Cocktail Quarterly, Vol. XII: South of the Border edition, produced in partnership with our friends at Don Julio.

Besides making a complex, ultra-premium spirit that’s great for sipping, Don Julio also plays well as a base for some of our favorite cocktails. You can put it in a Mule. A Manhattan. A Paloma — the lesser known Mexican cocktail, but every bit as tasty as a margarita.

Heck, you can even do up a good Tequila Old Fashioned if you know how to mix it right.

Herein, we’ve got those four recipes along with a few left turns involving mezcal, rum and cachaca, as designed by some of the finest drink slingers in the country.

Good reasons to celebrate the heat, the lot of them.

7 Summer Drinks That Take You South of the Border

Manzanita Mule
Ben Scorah

1½ oz Don Julio™ Tequila Blanco
1 oz fresh apple juice
½ oz lemon juice
Splash of ginger beer

Combine all ingredients together in a shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain into a collins glass over fresh ice and top with a splash of ginger beer. Garnish with a skewered ginger candy.

7 Summer Drinks That Take You South of the Border

Paloma Reposado

1½ oz Don Julio™ Reposado Tequila
2 oz grapefruit juice
Splash of lemon-lime soda
Grapefruit peel or lime slice garnish

Combine Don Julio® Reposado Tequila and grapefruit juice in an ice-filled collins glass. Top with a splash of lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a grapefruit peel or a lime slice. Salt rim optional.

7 Summer Drinks That Take You South of the Border

One Night in Tijuana
Chris Reyes and Jorge Guzman, Temerario (NYC)

1½ oz mezcal
1 oz ginger beer
¾ oz lime juice
¾ oz Guava Fruit Purée
½ oz agave syrup
4 cucumber slices (reserve 1 for garnish)

Muddle the agave syrup and cucumber, then add remaining ingredients. Shake with ice, then strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a piece of candied ginger, a slice of cucumber and one pinch of ground chili.

7 Summer Drinks That Take You South of the Border

Oaxacan Old Fashioned

1¼ oz Don Julio™ Tequila Reposado
¼ oz mezcal
1 bar spoon agave nectar
2 dashes aromatic bitters

Stir ingredients in a mixing glass over clean cubed and cracked ice until thoroughly chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with an orange peel.

7 Summer Drinks That Take You South of the Border

Brazilian Margarita
Johnny Swet, The James (NYC)

2 oz cachaça
2 lime wedges
1 oz mango puree 
¾ oz of agave 
½ oz lime juice

In a tin muddle two lime wedges. Add mango puree, lime juice, agave and cachaça. Shake with ice and strain into a salted rocks glass with cubed ice, garnish with lime wedge and a dusting of piri piri chili powder.

7 Summer Drinks That Take You South of the Border

Daiquiri +
Naren Young, Dante (NYC)

2 oz white rum
¾ oz  lime juice
¾ oz  salted lime cordial (see directions below)
½ bar spoon lime curd

Shake and fine strain. Garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel. If you're not a tequila drinker, you may want to replace tequila in a margarita with rum (essentially creating a salted daiquiri).

Salted Lime Cordial
Combine one cup fresh lime juice, ⅔ cups of super fine sugar, and ¼ teaspoon salt in a blender. Blend until combined. Will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

7 Summer Drinks That Take You South of the Border

Añejo Manhattan

1¼ oz Don Julio™ Añejo Tequila
½ oz sweet vermouth
1 dash cocktail bitters
Orange twist

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, then add large ice cubes. Stir until cold, keeping viscosity intact. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with an orange twist.

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