Raise your glass, July 24 is National Tequila Day.
Go beyond the typical lime and salt and celebrate this summer with tequila-inspired cocktails that really shake things up.
Brad Kirby, beverage director at One Twenty One restaurant in Westchester, New York, thinks tequila can be enjoyed by just about anyone. “Tequila is more versatile than people think," Kirby told FoxNews.com.
"I personally like Herradura and Don Julio, especially if you're just starting to get familiar with tequila. One tip to always look for is 100 percent agave."
Whether you’re a veteran or just a rookie to the versatility of tequila, these recipes will offer a refreshing new way to enjoy the spirit made from the blue agave plant.
1. Rosa Mexicano’s Pomegranate Margarita
New York City's Rosa Mexicano restaurant is famous for its signature frozen pomegranate margarita, made with silver tequila, pomegranate, fresh lime juice, and triple sec (or substitute a little Grand Marnier if you like to make it just that much more decadent and festive).
2. Avión Lemonade
This cocktail is even easier to make than regular lemonade but a lot more fun to drink.
Recipe: Avión Lemonade
3. Blood Orange Margarita
This sweet cocktail brings out tons of bright citrus flavors for a sunny take on a classic margarita.
Recipe: Blood Orange Margarita
4. Patrón Paloma
This light refreshing cocktail is an easy alternative to the classic margarita.
Recipe: Patrón Paloma
5. El Mariachi
This citrus tequila cocktail is perfect for a warm summer day.
Recipe: El Mariachi
6. Cucumber Citrus Skinny Margarita
The mint and cucumber add a little something extra to this fancy margarita.
Recipe: Cucumber Citrus Skinny Margarita
7. Double Shot Martini
This double shot espresso martini will give you the caffeinated kick you're looking for.
8. Tequila Blossom
Created by One Twenty One restaurant in Westchester, New York, this tequila cocktail is made with lemon and syrup, creating a refreshing sweet and sour summer treat.
9. The Iced Espresso
This cocktail is definitely not your average tequila drink. The Italian Espresso mixed with the tequila will give you the perfect buzz.
Recipe: The Iced Espresso
10. Kiwi Margarita
Light, refreshing and undeniably tropical, the tangy kiwi fruit adds a unique punch to a traditional margarita.
Recipe: Kiwi Margarita
11. La Cenita Steak’s Sirenita Recipe
The bright color of this cocktail will wow guests. Garnish with a little chili for an extra kick.
12. Minty Mojito
This drink is the perfect party refresher - light and minty with a hint of citrus- your guests will definitely want more than one.
Recipe: Minty Mojito
13. Spicy Sage Margarita
This sophisticated margarita has orange, lemon, lemon and elderflower- with herbaceous notes of fresh sage.
Recipe: Spicy Sage Margarita
14. Orange You Glad It's Got Tequila?
Cooking Channel's Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark know a thing or two about great drinks. According to these cocktail mavens, The reposado tequila gives this cocktail some oaky depth, but the orange liqueur lends brightness and sweetness.
15. 43 Vanilla Margarita
This smooth-sipping twist on a classic cocktail will make a magarita lover out of anyone. Enjoy the smooth, aromatic flavor of Spanish liqueur Licor 43.