It’s the end of a long day. The temperature is 88 ℉ and the humidity level is well above what should be the legal limit without seeing raindrops. What do you lean to ease switz? How does a little tequila on the rocks sound with a splash and a lime of lime?
Whiskey highballs are delicious, but there is something extra refreshing about the light flavors of a good tequila – or the earthy, smoky flavors of mezcal – enhanced by carbonated and cooled with ice. Both tequila and mezcal also play well with fruit-flavored mixers, as in a classic Paloma with grapefruit soda and both spirits. Or maybe you want more spice from ginger beer to an agave mule variety. The possibilities are endless, and there are compelling reasons why tequila is often the chosen spirit for ready-to-drink hard seltzers, such as Volley.
La Batanga is a classic tequila highball that was popularized in the 1960s by Don Javier Delgado Corona (also called “Don Javier”) at La Capilla, his cozy bar in the town of Tequila, Mexico. Great centenarians fire ambassador Roberto Rosa is a fan. “Simple and delicious, this cocktail includes tequila, Mexican cola, lime and a salty edge,” he says. “I enjoy this cocktail with Great Reposado Centennial, as vanilla tones in this expression of tequila are well complemented by the sweetness of cola and citrus notes from lime. ”
However, Rosa prefers the lighter tones of blanco better paired with something spicy. “For a refreshing tequila highball, I personally love Gran Centenario Plata with ginger beer. The fruit of the agave shines through in our blanco tequila, and when paired with the ginger spice, it results in a crispy cocktail perfect for spring and the upcoming summer season. ”
Another classic agave liquor drink is a Paloma, essentially a tequila or mezcal highball with grapefruit soda. One of my new summer excursions Mezcal Vago Espadín med Q Mixers Sparkling Grapefruit. The salty herbaceousness and subtle smoke of mezcal match well with the refreshing sharpness of grapefruit, especially when sipped from a salt-trimmed glass.
Tromba Tequila Co-founder, COO and Apprentice Master Distiller, have similar tastes. “My go-to is a simple highball with flavored sodas,” he says. “The bubbles and shower complement pineapple and caramelized agave notes in our Blanco. The slightly bitter taste of grapefruit soda combined with the sweetness of Tromba Blanco creates a perfectly balanced and light cocktail that allows the tequila taste to shine. ”
Don Fulano Tequila fire ambassador Christina Helmer goes after a somewhat unconventional pairing of Don Fulano Reposado with Something & Nothing cucumber Seltzer. “The repo for me is the perfect expression of the warmer seasons – it reminds me of dried grass, herbs and coconut. I love the simple yet exciting mating with the refreshing and light vegetable seltzer. Its cooling cucumber vibe lifts the soft and spicy Reposado to new heights with each sip. ”
Are you thirsty yet? These combinations are effortlessly refreshing in the warmer months, but provide refreshment year-round.
Tequila Topo Highball
Cocktail aficionado and Loungerati founder Fredo Ceraso enjoys this combination when Mother Nature turns up the thermostat.
- 2 oz tequila
- ½ oz fresh lime juice
- 4 oz Top Chico sparkling water
Add tequila and lime to a tall glass filled with ice. Top with Topo Chico. Garnish with a lime.
Fizzy combinations that are waist-friendly
Because agave spirits have so much character in themselves, they only need a subtle boost of flavor to pull their personalities out. Not to mention, blenders can contain hundreds of calories added to sugar.
Mixers with low calorie content and less sugar have been difficult to get in the states, but fortunately there has been a trend of products with authentic flavors and no added sweeteners. If you are looking for agave-licious refreshment but aim to stay lower cal, you can try these combinations or experiment as you like with spirits of your choice. All of these mixers are also delicious on their own. Just add stones and a squeeze of citrus.
- Spindrift Pineapple (13 calories) – try Mezcal landslide San Luis Potosí, which has a fresh, evergreen-like finish that blends well with tropical fruit flavors
- United Sodas of America Strawberry Basil (30 calories) – try Volcan di Mi Tiera Tequila Blanco, which has a slightly salty and mint-like finish
- With hibiscus and pomegranate (15 calories) – try Tequila Fortaleza Still strength, which has its own tangy, herbal kick that harmonizes with floral and red fruit flavors
- Rishi turmeric saffron (15 calories) – try Mezcal Koch Espadín with earthy, slightly smoky properties that complement aromatic spice
- Fever Yuzu Lime (30 calories) – try Tequila Mijenta Blanco, with its own citrus-like qualities and a subtle agave roast in the finish that plays well out of yuzu
- Q Mixer Light Tonic (20 calories) – try Tequila Otte Plata La Loma with notes of green pepper, vanilla and grapefruit peel that match the subtle sweetness of the tonic