Tequila is a quintessential summertime spirit. Unfortunately, most people only know how to make margaritas, shots, and maybe a tequila sunrise. Here’s a way to use up that bottle of Patrón in your cupboard — OK, it’s Cuervo, but who’s paying attention? — and impress your party guests to boot.
1 1/2 oz. tequila
1/2 oz. Campari (or Aperol)
3/4 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
1/4 oz. agave syrup
2 oz. club soda
fresh grapefruit (for garnish)
Directions: To make agave syrup, dissolve one part agave in one part boiling water. (You can also infuse the syrup with botanicals by following the same process as our DIY simple syrup, using agave instead of sugar.) Mix all the ingredients except the club soda in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a mason jar with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a slice of fresh grapefruit.
Campari too bitter for you? Try substituting Aperol, which is basically a lighter version of the same thing. We make this switcheroo with most drinks calling for Campari, because most of our friends are weenies.