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Tequila 101 & Onyx Best Tequila Recipes

Tequila 101 & Onyx Best Tequila Recipes

There are a couple of things Onyx Nightclub is expert at. And well you must know Tequila is one of them. From 1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila, FLOOR to curandote con la rumba, we got you. Here’s our knowledge drop!

When shopping for tequila do you get confused by the different terms used to describe them? Don’t worry, you are not alone! Onyx is here to save the day.

The first usually centers around why some tequilas say they are made with agave while others say 100% agave. To be considered a tequila the product must use more than 50% agave, but many connoisseurs would say that to be a true tequila in their mind it has to be 100%. So keep an eye on the label, you can still find some good values made with 100% agave.

The second most common question centers around the difference between tequila’s three major classifications:  Silver (or blanco), Reposado, and Anejo.

Silver is the freshly distilled liquor that does not age at all.

Reposado is “rested” for anywhere between two and eleven months in oak barrels. Reposado tequilas get a faint brown or gold color naturally from the wood. Be wary of “Gold” tequilas that often use artificial coloring to make them appear aged.

Anejo means that the tequila is aged for more than a year in oak barrels. These tequilas are often darker in color and have settle vanilla or toasty notes from the barrels. They also have very smooth finishes.

Now let’s celebrate, today July 24th for National Tequila Day, with our favorite Tequila recipes!

A breakfast/brunch standard that goes with a side of eggs and toast.


• 1 1/2 oz. tequila
• 3 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
• 1 tsp. grenadine

Directions: Shake tequila and orange juice well with cracked ice, then strain into a large, chilled cocktail glass. Add grenadine and stir gently, for no longer than is necessary to produce layers of oranges and reds.

The ultimate tequila workhorse, this recipe is worth knowing by heart. 


• 2 oz. silver tequila
• 1 oz. Cointreau
• 1 oz. lime juice
• coarse salt

Directions: Chill a cocktail glass, and then rub its rim with lime juice and dip it in coarse salt. Add tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and ice together in a cocktail shaker. Shake and then strain into the glass over ice.

A Manhattan that swaps rye whiskey for tequila, if that suits you best.


• 2 oz. tequila añejo
• 1 oz. sweet vermouth
• 2-3 dashes bitters

Directions: Add ingredients to a mixing glass, stir, then strain into a cocktail glass (chill if desired). Garnish with lemon. 

Another tequila heavyweight, this one demands to be drunk on a hot day.


• 2 oz. tequila
• 1/2 oz. lime juice
• pinch of salt
• grapefruit soda

Directions: Combine the tequila (reposado, preferably), lime juice, and salt in a tall glass. Add ice, top off with grapefruit soda, and stir.

For something different and relatively unknown, try a Chalino Special.


• 3 oz. tequila blanco
• 1/2 tbsp. creme de cassis
• 1/2 oz. lemon juice
• 1/2 oz. lime juice
• 1/2 tbsp. simple syrup

Directions: Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Now make your favorite and make sure to tag us on IG @onyxroomnigthclub. Raise those drinks and cheers at home since we can’t do it in the club just yet.

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