While tequila serves as the base for shaken summer staples like Margaritas and Palomas, the agave spirit tends to be overlooked when it comes to stirred cocktails outside the warmer months. But from smoky Boulevardier riffs to wholly original Champagne-topped cocktails, tequila adds earthy and herbaceous dimension to a variety of stirred drinks that are craveable all year round.
Here are 12 of our favorite stirred recipes that showcase a different side of tequila.
A bold cocktail featuring tequila, sherry and Gran Classico Bitter.
A spicy, savory take on the Oaxaca Old-Fashioned.
Down By Law
The White Negroni gets a modern update.
A tequila-based cocktail with an extravagant rosé Champagne topper.
Savory components like thyme liqueur and saline complement tequila and Galliano.
Thou Shall Not Be Named
An agave spin on the Boulevardier.
A stirred riff on the 20th Century with tequila, yellow Chartreuse and crème de cacao.
A Paloma by way of Italy.
While most Grasshoppers showcase brandy, this stirred, boozy variation showcases tequila instead.
A strong and savory trio of sherry, tequila and Cynar.
A tequila Old-Fashioned spiked with mezcal and coffee-flavored brandy.