The Smokier Side Of The Margarita

Giving a classic a new dimension
Apr 10, 2015 1:00 pm
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At Austin, Texas, restaurant La Condesa, the margarita is made with a tobacco-leaf-infused reposado tequila, imparting notes of cedar, spice and pepper to the cocktail. It’s an original take on the classic cocktail that some would say is best served with extra smoke. 

Mexican Winter Warmer: Smoke On The Beach Cocktail Recipe

With Green Chartreuse, tequila, pineapple and sage
Feb 6, 2015 2:00 pm

As winter marches on, it’s important to look forward to warmer months through the lens of an upbeat, summery cocktail. The new Tijuana Picnic on NYC's Lower East Side, founded by the same team behind Acme and Indochine, exhibits a nontraditional take on Mexican through head bartender Jim Kearns’s use of Latin spirits in an array of bright, citrusy drinks.

Brown Spirit Weather Is Here: Salty Air Cocktail Recipe

A drier take on the Manhattan with añejo tequila
Nov 14, 2014 2:00 pm

As the colder months set in, warming up with a sturdy, stirred drink seems spot-on. However, tequila is not the first spirit that comes to mind for most. Offering a twist for those who might otherwise order a Manhattan or Old Fashioned, the Salty Air features the distinct Espolón Añejo.

Cure What Ails You: Extra Advice Cocktail Recipe

A tequila drink crafted by an old-school pharmacy
Oct 31, 2014 1:00 pm

At Justus Drugstore in Smithville, MO, this pharmacy and soda fountain turned farm-to-table restaurant packs its bar with housemade cordials, tinctures and bitters both as a nod to the 1800s. Try this tequila-based cocktail believed to ease tension and promote alertness.

Heads & Tails Cocktail Recipe

A tequila-cordial cocktail from an NYC institution
Aug 22, 2014 2:00 pm

The Heads & Tails cocktail from Russ & Daughters' new café is a bit of an anomaly at first glance, since both tequila and mezcal fall outside of what one would expect to drink with traditional Jewish food, but it is a nice nod to the LES neighborhood and the cross-pollination of cultures that have existed there over the past century.

You've Heard About Slow Food. Get Ready For Slow Tequila.

Here are 5 bottles of stone-milled tequila to try
Aug 20, 2014 1:00 pm

Mexico’s most famous spirit has a long, rich history and should be enjoyed as such. Fine 100% agave tequilas are made to be sipped rather than slammed. A precious few are made using such a painstakingly artisanal process that it would be a shame to throw them down your gullet without savoring them. Here's more details and 5 bottles to try.

Break Out The Blender For This Frozen Pineapple Margarita

A little spicy chile-lime salt goes a long way
Aug 15, 2014 12:00 pm
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Photo: Alan Weiner

New taco spot alert for all food-lovers in Portland (so, pretty much everyone in Portland)! El Paso-influenced Stella Taco is officially open and slinging Oregon lamb neck barbacoa, juicy brined pollo asado and local brisket tacos to the hungry masses. Best of all, they have a daily special frozen cocktail. On today's menu: the sweet, tangy and utterly refreshing pineapple margarita. We'll have an Oregon lamb neck barbacoa taco with that, please.   

Celtic Guey Cocktail Recipe

Scotch, tequila, citrus meet to welcome warm days
May 8, 2014 4:00 pm

Cocktails often make use of bright colors to entice onlookers from across the room. Sending a traditional Queens Park Swizzle out from the bar on a hot day can result in the entire room suddenly requesting the colorful, ice-filled drink. Here's how to bring it all together in one great drink.


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