For those of you currently suffering withdrawals from the large amounts of alcohol chugged over the 4th of July weekend, never fear! Tequila Day is here! Oh yes, it's real.

And there's nothing better than a couple of shots (or eight) to tide you over until Labor Day weekend, right? But we're not celebrating how amazing the world tends to look after a couple of swigs of this Mexican elixir, (ok well at least that's not ALL we're celebrating). Instead, today we raise our glasses to a North American first: Tequila, the first native-born distilled spirit.

That's right--and you thought this was just another made up holiday to excuse large amounts of alcohol consumption. No, sir. This spirit, which comes only from the spiky agave plant that grows in the areas that surround the city of Tequila, Mexico (bet you didn't see that one coming) is said to trace back to the Aztec Gods themselves.

Sure, it's not even the middle of the week yet, but remember, Tequila Day comes only once a year. And if you're in need of a little motivation, here are some photos and recipes courtesy of Don Julio... no not your uncle... these guys:

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  • Repossession

    Ingredients: 1 1/4 ounces Tequila Don Julio 70 Añejo Claro 1/3 ounce Elderflower Liqueur 2/3 ounce fresh pineapple juice 1/3 ounce fresh lemon juice 1/4 ounce cane syrup Preparation: Combine Tequila Don Julio 70 Añejo Claro, Elderflower Liqueur, Fresh Pineapple Juice, Fresh Lemon Juice and Cane Syrup into a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain contents into a cocktail glass. Created by New York Mixologist, Leo Robitschek

  • De-Effe

    Ingredients: 1 ounce Tequila Don Julio Reposado 1/3 ounce Dry Vermouth 1/4 ounce Amaro Liqueur 1/4 ounce Jalapeño-Infused Agave Nectar 1 Dash Angostura Bitters Preparation: Combine Tequila Don Julio Reposado, Dry Vermouth, Amaro Liqueur, Jalapeño-Infused Agave Nectar and Angostura Bitters into a cocktail shaker. Stir ingredients together with a swizzle stick. Pour contents from shaker into a rocks glass. Created by New York Mixologist, Leo Robitschek

  • Aztec Summer

    Ingredients: 3/4 ounce Tequila Don Julio Blanco 1/4 ounce Apertif Wine 1/4 ounce Mezcal 1/4 ounce agave syrup 1/4 ounce fresh lime juice Cucumber Cucumber slices for garnish Preparation: Muddle cucumber in a cocktail shaker. Add Tequila Don Julio Blanco, Apertif Wine, Mezcal, Agave Syrup and Fresh Lime Juice into cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with cucumber slice. Created by New York Mixologist, Leo Robitschek

  • Agave Ginger-Rita

    Ingredients: 1 ounce Tequila Don Julio Blanco 1/4 ounce Grand Marnier® 1 ounce fresh lime juice 3/4 ounce ginger-root infused simple syrup* 1 egg white Lime wedge for garnish *To create Simple Syrup: Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup water Preparation: Bring 1 part water to a boil and dissolve 2 parts sugar into boiling water. Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat Allow to cool completely.  Can be prepared one day ahead. Preparation: Finely chop ginger root and place in a mesh strainer.  Pour simple syrup over the top and muddle the ginger through the strainer creating a concentrated ginger-simple syrup. Mix Tequila Don Julio Blanco, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice, cane sugar simple syrup and egg white in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour contents from shaker into glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

  • Pomegranate Margarita

    Ingredients: 1 1/2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Blanco 2 1/2 ounces pomegranate juice 2 teaspoons fine sugar 1/2 ounce lime juice Sugar (to rim glass) 1 lime wedge Preparation: Combine Don Julio Blanco, pomegranate juice, fine sugar and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Rim margarita glass with sugar. Strain ingredients into margarita glass. Garnish with lime.

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