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Five Tequila Cocktails, From Savory to Sweet, Spicy to Sour

Posted: 09/28/10 07:02 PM ET

I created these recipes to highlight Los Feliz' extensive tequila selection and show the versatility of tequila. For the recipes, I wanted to highlight four major taste sensations -- Savory, with the Chai Tea cocktail, Sweet with the Indian Summer Watermelon Mojito and the Hibiscus Margarita, Spicy with the Jalepeno Cilantro Margarita, and Sour with the Tequila Fizz.

Each of the drinks range from the more complex flavors, to the simple and traditional and easy to recreate at home. Different tequila brands can be substituted for the ones I recommend here, but you should stick within the same category of tequila recommended.

Lastly, I'd encourage you to find ingredients that are the freshest possible, and organic, and I'd recommend shopping at local farmer's markets to find fresh and interesting ingredients. For example, for a fun twist in the mojito, try a lemon cucmber, which I found this week at the greenmarket.

Indian Summer Tequila Mojito
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Indian Summer Tequila Mojito

2 oz. Milagro Silver Tequila
1/4 cup Organic Cucumber
1/4 cup Organic Watermelon
1 Tbsp. Organic Agave Nectar
1/2 oz Fresh Organic Lime Juice
6 Organic Mint Leaves

Muddle organic cucumber and organic watermelon thoroughly.

Rip mint leaves.

Combine tequila + organic agave nectar and shake.

Strain over fresh ice in a collins glass.

Garnish with an organic cucumber wheel and mint sprig.

*Buy local produce from farmers markets when available.
**The closer, the fresher, the better.
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New York City tequila bar Los Feliz (109 Ludlow St.) is an intriguing multilevel Taqueria and Tequileria in Manhattan's Lower East Side, featuring New York City's most impressive tequila list, with more than 150 makes. The restaurant also serves a seasonal, gourmet Mexican menu prepared by Chef Julieta Ballesteros. The space is divided into three levels, The Taqueria, The Cobble Room, and The Lounge. Each room provides a distinctively unique atmosphere and experience - from an intimate dinner to a late night dance party.