Tequila is so much more than an addition to a cheap, pre-mixed margarita or a shot you slam to get where you want to be in a hurry. When thoughtfully paired with fresh fruit juices, sweetened with homemade simple syrups or balanced with the flavors of complimentary liqueurs, tequila becomes the star of a quality, craft cocktail. Elevate your cocktail game and smash stereotypes with these tequila cocktails, expertly crafted by local Minnesota bartenders.
80 S. 9th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Hibiscus-infused tequila combined with homemade sweet and sour mix and homemade pomegranate grenadine give this margarita a tart and refreshing berry kick.
Recipe provided by Hell’s Kitchen
Created by Michael Ruth
- 2 ounces of Hibiscus Tequila
- 3/4 ounce of Cointreau
- 3 ounces of homemade Sweet and Sour
- 1/2 ounce of Orange Juice
- 1/4 ounce of homemade Pomegranate Grenadine (see recipe*)
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake and strain into a glass.
- 2 bottles of Reposado Tequila
- 1 tbsp dried Hibiscus Flowers
- 1 Hibiscus/Passion Fruit tea bag (Tazo is an option)
Sweet and Sour
- 1 cup Simple Syrup
- 1 cup Lime Juice
- 1 cup Lemon Juice
Pomegranate Grenadine (makes approximately 10 cups)
- 10 oz Orange Blossom Water
- 5 oz Pomegranate Molasses
- 8 cups of Simple Syrup
*This cocktail is available on Hell’s Kitchen’s drink menu throughout this summer.
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730 N. Washington Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Duck Duck Grey Duck
Earl Grey-infused tequila give this simple cocktail a nice citrus flavor and sophisticated flair.
Recipe provided by Parlour
Created by Jesse Held
- 2 oz Earl Grey Infused Blanco Tequila
- 1/2 oz of Velvet Falernum
- 2 dashes of Bittercube Jamaican #2 Bitters
- Mezcal rinse
Combine first three ingredients in a glass and stir. Rinse a cocktail glass with mezcal and add a rock of ice. Strain cocktail into glass. Garnish with a grapefruit peel, if desired.
*Cocktail available at sister location in Uptown Minneapolis, Coup d’Etat.
393 Selby Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Bitter Grapefruit Margarita
Cynar adds a welcome, bittersweet complexity to this grapefruit Margarita.
Recipe provided by Red Cow
- 1 1/2 oz Casadores Reposado Tequila
- 1/4 oz Cointreau
- 1/4 oz Cynar
- 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
- 1/2 oz Lime Juice
- 1 1/2 Grapefruit Juice
- Pinch of salt
Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with grapefruit wedge, if desired.
3001 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Yo La Tengo!
Habanero peppers add heat that complements sweet pineapple in this spicy and sweet cocktail.
Recipe provided by Libertine
Created by MJ Marsh
- 1/2 oz Monin Pineapple Syrup
- 2 seeded Habanero Peppers
- 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
- 1/2 oz Lime Juice
- 2 Limes
- 2 oz Reposado Tequila
Blend the pineapple syrup and habanero peppers together. Let stand to infuse flavors. Strain into a cocktail glass and then add rest of the ingredients and stir. Garnish with a pineapple wedge if desired.
A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.