If you just can't stomach another sickeningly sweet frozen margarita or 2-for-1 Mexican beer special, we've got you covered. Leave the shots and sombreros for the masses and check out the surprisingly simple options below. From a convenient store-friendly two ingredient tippler, to more sophisticated agave twists on the classics, there's no excuse to not step it up. Salud!  

 Poor Man's Paloma

(there are plenty of variations out there, so it's hard to credit this one)

  • 2 ounces tequila blanco
  • 4 ounces grapefruit soda

In a highball glass with ice add your tequila and soda, and stir gently. Serve with straw (and a salt-rimmed glass and grapefruit twist for extra credit).

 

El Negroni

(there are plenty of variations out there, so it's hard to credit this one)

  • 1 ounce mezcal
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth

In a mixing glass or pint glass filled with ice, add your liquors and stir thoroughly. Strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube, garnish with a lime twist, and serve.

 

Oaxacan Old Fashioned

(first created by Philip Ward at Death & Co. in 2007; we make ours with an even mezcal/tequila split)

  • 1 ounce mezcal
  • 1 ounce tequila añejo
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey syrup (1:1 honey to water mix)
  • 2-3 dashes Bittermen's Burlesque Bitters

In a rocks glass add the syrup and bitters; stir to mix. Pour in the liquors and stir thoroughly. Add a large ice cube, garnish with a twist, and serve.

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