07/13/2012 09:14 am ET Updated Sep 12, 2012

5 Great Things To Do With Top-Shelf Tequila

By now, you're probably aware that the tequila scene is a lot more about "artisanal" and "100-percent agave" and a lot less about "Tequila Sunrises" and "shooters with a beer chaser" than it was a few years back. That said, while high-end brands like Patrón, Partida, Don Julio and the like make for great sipping on their own, we always like to mix things up a bit.

That's why we have compiled this list of five great tequila drinks in which using the good stuff really makes a difference. Tequila is a robust spirit, and a good cocktail should enhance its characteristic flavors -- while not requiring a souvenir shot glass from Señor Frog's.


5 Great Things To Do With Top-Shelf Tequila