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For the Love of Tequila

Take life with a grain of salt, a slice of lime, and a glass of tequila.

In honor of the much-anticipated National Tequila Day, it’s time to give this historic staple some recognition. The history of the beloved spirit dates back thousands of years. Tequila was first produced in the 16th century in the city of… you guessed it! Tequila. It’s made from blue agave plants, found in Mexican regions.

In America, many local restaurants are taking advantage of the sunny summer weather to offer tart and refreshing seasonal tequila-based cocktails.

If you’re craving spicy, head to West Hollywood’s modern Mexican eatery Toca Madera. For a perfect tequila-friendly pairing, try the Ensenada-Style Seabass along with the restaurant’s specialty Hibiscus Margarita, made with top-shelf Cazadores Reposado from world-renowned tequila brand Cazadores. You won’t be disappointed!

If you’re near Miami Beach, head to Latin American hotspot DÔA. Their in-house master mixologist Josue “Josh” Gonzalez crafted the refreshing Sensi Serenity, made with Casa Noble Tequila, cucumber juice, honeydew melon, lime juice, and shiso leaves. Nirvana in a glass!

 If you’re looking to mix an at-home cocktail, try the Paloma. Made with lime juice and grenadine syrup, the classic mixed drink is delightfully revitalizing and sophisticated.

To make, pour some kosher salt on a plate. Rub half of a rim of a highball glass with a grapefruit wedge; dip rim of glass in salt. Combine ¼ cup grapefruit juice, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and 1 cup of sugar in glass, then stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in ¼ cup of tequila, add one cup of ice, and top off with ¼ cup club soda. To add a little color, garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

Another option is the Tequila Mojito. While the classic mojito calls for white rum, the addition of tequila gives the cocktail a much-needed bite.

In a highball glass, mix lime juice, sugar, and mint. Mash with a spoon, then mix in ice, club soda, and don’t forget the tequila!

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