Cocktail O’Clock: The Tranquilo

Today’s Cocktail O’Clock comes from Firefly in D.C., which somehow fits everything we like about summertime drinking — tequila, grapefruit juice, fresh mint, lime — into one cocktail. Even though we just recently hated on jars, the Tranquilo is one summer cocktail we’d take for a spin.

5 mint leaves, muddled
3 parts fresh grapefruit juice
2 parts Herradura Reposado tequila
1 part Cointreau
1 squeeze of lime juice

Shake and serve in a mason jar, garnish with a mint sprig and a slice of grapefruit.

Find more summer cocktail ideas in Endless Cocktails.

(Photo: Dakota Fine)

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Summer Cocktails Gone Wild

When it gets this hot, sometimes a simple G&T or a frosty beer just isn’t enough. Fortunately, we’ve been amping up our cocktail repertoire all summer. Here are our seven favorite new-school summer cocktails.

1. Avocado Margarita

A tequila-heavy margarita is always refreshing, but even more so with a fresh avocado mixed in, a la this cocktail from Kim Haasarud’s 101 Mojitos and other Muddled Drinks.

Recipe: avocado margarita

2. The New Moscow Mule

We’re big fans of this ginger beer-based cocktail, but guess what’s even better? Ginger, and beer. Brennan Adams, the beverage director at El Centro, D.F. in Washington, D.C., makes this new take on the Mule, mixing ginger-chili simple syrup with vodka and lager.

Recipe: the new moscow mule


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