Arriba, Abajo, al Centro, y Pa’ Dentro: Happy National Tequila Day! [RECIPES]

Francisco Galarza

These tequila cocktail recipes are sure to make your National Tequila Day a festive one!

I learned the “tequila toast,” arriba (glasses up); abajo (glasses down); al centro (glasses to the front which wishes health to everyone participating in the toast); y pa’ dentro (your tequila goes inside or drink your drink), when I was shopping in Acapulco a few years back. I was hunting for what my mom and I called Mexican blankets when we visited the country in the 1990s, but I learned are actually rugs when an Acapulqueño shopkeeper schooled me. He gave me an awesome deal on two rugs, which we use as blankets, and then he heard me cough and said he had the perfect cure — tequila! I was skeptical, but when in Acapulco, drink tequila at 10:30 a.m. The shopkeeper poured a round for us and then taught me how to properly toast with tequila. And you know what, it did stop my post-nasal drip-induced coughing. It’s occurrences like this in which drink and/or food bring people together that I cherish when traveling and I enjoy recalling on days like today, National Tequila Day. Although I took my “medicine” straight, these tequila cocktails are sure to delight your palate also.

Camarena Old Fashioned

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Camarena Reposado
  • .5 parts agave nectar
  • 2 dashes of bitters
  • Garnish: orange peel

Method: Add ingredients into a double old fashioned rocks glass filled with ice and stir to combine. Garnish with orange peel.

Tiger Balm (available at Chinese Tuxedo)

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Volcan de mi Tierra Blanco
  • .75 oz lime juice
  • .75 oz Grapefruit Szechuan Oleo Saccharum
  • Soda
  • Garnish: dehydrated lime wheel and Tajin
  • Glass: Collins

Method: Add ingredients to tin, shake/strain, top with soda, garnish with a lime wheel and a pinch of Tajin.

Camarena Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Camarena Silver
  • .75 parts simple syrup/agave nectar
  • .75 parts lime juice
  • .5 parts Triple Sec

Method: Add ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Total Tropicalism (available at Gitano Jungle Room)

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Volcan de mi Tierra Blanco
  • .5 oz ginger
  • .75 oz lemon
  • .75 oz honey
  • Mezcal
  • Garnish: charred lemon wheel and paper umbrella
  • Glass: absinthe-rinsed rocks glass

Method: Shake and strain into rocks glass. Top with Mezcal. Garnish with charred lemon wheel and umbrella.

Camarena Paloma

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Camarena Silver
  • 4 parts grapefruit soda
  • .5 parts lime juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Garnish: lime wheel and sprig of mint
  • Glass: Collins

Method: Add ingredients into a Collins glass filled with ice and stir together to combine. Garnish with lime wheel and sprig of mint.

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