4 Cocktails to Drink for National Tequila Day

Happy National Tequila Day! We’re not sure who comes up with these things, we’re thinking Patrón, but regardless of who is behind it, Pulse is happy to celebrate.

The plant-based spirit is technically mezcal and may be most famous for its use in fruity, sweet and utterly refreshingly margaritas. But don’t worry if you’re maxed out on margaritas, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the day, from mixing up the more authentic Mexican cocktail, La Paloma, to sipping on straight tequila (you’re classier than the shots) or dining out at a favorite Mexican eatery. Here is what to drink and where to eat for National Tequila Day.

What to Drink on National Tequila Day

La Paloma

Rub the lime on the rim of a tall glass and salt the rim. image: felicia perretti

Rub the lime on the rim of a tall glass and salt the rim. image: felicia perretti

Margaritas are ubiquitous, but the most authentic and popular Mexican cocktail is the paloma. As with many things from south of the border, the cocktail begins with good tequila—reposado or better. The next ingredient is one that’s a little less popular here: grapefruit soda. A Squirt or Fresca is the best bet at the supermarket, but Jarritos or Goya are more genuine. For a do-it-yourself appeal substitute fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice with a splash of club soda. Lime juice and salt finish things off, as they should with any good tequila drink. Get the Recipe.

Cukeamelon Margarita


Dare we suggest a healthy margarita? For a “headache-free” morning after, start with high-quality tequila. Make the watermelon and cucumber juice in the blender and remember to spring for seedless versions of both in order to spend less time straining. Get the recipe.

Rocket Fuel

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Long Island has a legacy of strong cocktails—Long Island Iced Tea anyone? But there is another knockout adult beverage straight from Fire Island and a standard for bars across the barrier beach: Rocket Fuel mixed drink. Don’t let the sweet taste fool you, this one packs a wallop! Get the recipe.

Spicy Hot Margarita

Spicy Hawaiian margarita

Spicy Hawaiian margarita

Don’t judge until you have tried it. If the only margaritas you’ve ever tried have been fruity and sweet, it’s time to spice it up. This margarita has depth and paired with flavorful fare you’ll want to recreate again and again. Get the recipe.

Where to Drink on National Tequila Day

Besito, Huntington and Roslyn
Celebrate National Tequila Day with Besito Mexican in Huntington or Roslyn. Enjoy complimentary tequila Patrón tastings from 3 to 6pm and a special entrée (Langosta en Crème de Tequila ($38), a 1 1/2 pound lobster with Serrano chile and tequila cream salsa, mashed boniato, asparagus and crispy kale.

Cabo: A Taste of Mexico, Rockville Center
The Rockville Center eatery promises tequila food and drink specials all day long. You don’t want to miss that.

Del Fuego Tex Mex Kitchen & Tequila Bar, Babylon, Patchogue, St James
With three locations and Friday Flight specials, there’s almost no excuse not to hit up Del Fuego Tex Mex Kitchen & Tequila Bar on National Tequila Day. Not into straight tequila? Try the Casa Del Fuego: chili-infused El Jimador Tequila, passion fruit and strawberry puree, pineapple juice and topped with Cointreau.

La Brisa, Montauk 
On the East End, La Brisa is a must stop for tacos. Chef Jason DeBriere is overseeing the kitchen as it sends out his version of casual Mexican taqueria food.

Tocolo Cantina, Garden City
Upbeat, casual and always festive, Tocolo Cantina is where to go in Garden City for fresh, California-style Mexican food. It’s a truly modern Mexican eatery with a unique personality all its own.

Verde Kitchen & Cocktails, Bay Shore
For a romantic celebration of National Tequila Day dine in the Bay Shore restaurant’s sweet greenhouse. The authentic Mexican restaurant offers more than 75 tequilas and mezcals.