The 6 Best Tequila Cocktails in Mexico City

The 6 Best Tequila Cocktails in Mexico City

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Many people seem to have a love/hate relationship with tequila, but true booze connoisseurs bow down in awe to this agave fire water.

Tequila comes from blue agave, a type of cactus found in a town called — you guessed it — Tequila. Most Mexicans will tell you that a high-quality tequila should only be enjoyed one way: sipped slowly, sans mixers or production value.

But traditions are meant to be broken, so many Mexicans concoct delicious tequila-based creations. It can be mixed with Coca-Cola to make a charro negro (black cowboy), or with grapefruit soda for a paloma (dove).

And while there’s nothing wrong with taking a shot with salt and lime, these six tequila cocktails alone are worth a trip to Mexico City:

1. Margarita al Pastor

Where to get it: Licorera Limantour, a posh two-story, Art Deco-inspired bar with stellar cocktails. Last year this spot took the title of “Latin America’s Best Bar.”

When to drink it: Perfect before a night of dancing.

2. Tequila Guerrero

Where to get it: El Péndulo, a local chain of bookstore restaurants.

When to drink it: It’s the middle of the week but you’ve got urgent news to share with your BFF.

What’s in it: Dobel Diamante Tequila, pineapple, cilantro, Serrano chili pepper syrup and worm salt.

Where to get it: Mercado Roma, a gourmet food hall (read: hipster roof garden) with gourmet food and drinks.

When to drink it: At the start of your best friend’s bachelor party.

4. Rojo Bikino, aka The Moustache

Where to get it: Jules Basement, probably the coolest bar in Mexico City. This underground spot is reminiscent of a speakeasy. (The entrance is a hidden door in a refrigerator at the back of a restaurant.)

When to drink it: It’s the weekend, which means it’s time to get your flirt on.

5. Poblanito

Where to get it: Aurora, a trendy bar featuring live jazz and light Italian food on an open-air patio. This spot is dark, quiet and, above all, romantic.

When to drink it: It’s a first date and you’re sensing sparks.

6. Grana

Where to get it: Corazón de Maguey, a restaurant in Coyoacán, a big tourist spot in South Mexico City. While you’re there you must get a churro, too. That’s mandatory.

When to drink it: It’s your birthday but you’re celebrating with family and can’t get too wrecked.


(Featured image via Thomassin Mickaël/Flickr)

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