Revisit this mix-free classic from Julio Bermejo, the owner of Tommy’s Tequila bar in San Francisco. A perfect blend of Tequila spice and pleasing lime tartness, it’s the tastiest version of the original heat-beating cocktail you can sip without a time machine.
2 lime wedges
Coarse kosher salt, for garnish
1 ²⁄₃ ounces reposado Tequila (100% agave)
¾ ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
¾ ounce agave syrup
1–2 cups of ice
Rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, then roll the rim in a saucer of coarse salt. Set in the freezer to chill. In a blender, add liquid ingredients and ice. Blend on highest setting until smooth and pour into the prepared glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Tequila makers are discovering the powers of the barrel. Spending time in oak makes this agave liquor smoother, mellower and fuller in body, adding expected notes of toast and almond, but also citrus and tropical fruit tones. Here are three to try.
Patrón Extra Añejo
Aged seven years in white oak; $300.
Tapatio Excelencia Gran Reserva
Aged 18 years in white oak; $159.
Herradura Colección de la Casa Reserva 2014 Reposado
Aged 11 months in white oak, then finished for three months in used Scotch barrels; $90.