Clink & Drink: 7 Easy-Fixin’ Summer Libations

Bring on the Tequila

As summer gradually approaches, we have two things on our mind: tacos and…tequila. Since we’ve already given you the rundown on our epic Taco Tuesdays, it’s about time we show tequila some love.

Warmer weather and longer days are drawing near and you’re probably thinking about what cocktail is going to be this summer’s perfect sundowner. So we’ve conjured up a list of seven fresh and vibrant libations, easy enough to fix up for a laid-back shindig — or, just for yourself. It’s always important to stay hydrated.

Classic Margarita

Makes 1 serving

  • ¼ cup tequila blanco
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 2 lime slices
  • kosher salt

Boom. Keep it simple.


Makes 1 serving

  • 1–2 shots tequila
  • grapefruit soda

That’s it. Add a lime wedge if you’re feelin’ fancy.

Blackberry Sage Smash

Makes 1 serving

  • ¼ cup tequila
  • 2 tbsp grapefruit juice
  • 3 large blackberries
  • 8 sage leaves
  • 2 cane sugar cubes

In a cocktail shaker, muddle blackberry, sage and sugar. Add tequila, grapefruit juice, crushed ice and drink up.

Tequila Mojito

Makes 2 servings

  • ¼ cup tequila (or more…)
  • 1 tbsp simple syrup or agave
  • handful of fresh mint
  • juice of 1 ½ limes
  • soda water
  • 2 cups ice

Blend or shake tequila, simple syrup/agave, mint, lime juice and ice. Pour in 2 glasses and add soda water. Top with sprigs of mint to impress your guests.

Watermelon Tequila Cocktail

Makes 8 servings

  • 1 seedless watermelon
  • ¾ cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups tequila blanco

Blend chunks of watermelon (without seeds) and run juice through a strainer. Add lemon juice and tequila and you’ve got an easy, fresh summer cocktail. Or, if you’re a big planner, freeze the watermelon and lemon juice in ice cube trays, blend with tequila, and there you go — a grown-up tequila slushie.

Tequila Sunrise Mimosa

Makes 8 servings

  • 1 ½ cups orange juice
  • 1 ½ cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup tequila blanco
  • ¼ cup grenadine

Mix it all up, pour into champagne flutes and you have a killer take on a brunch classic.

The Pepino

Makes 1 serving

  • 3 tbsp tequila
  • 1 ½ tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp triple sec
  • 1 tbsp pineapple juice
  • 3 basil leaves
  • ¼ sliced cucumber

Muddle the cucumber, add the rest, shake it up and pour over ice. Don’t hold back with a classy cucumber and basil garnish.