Tequila can get a bad rap due to the ubiquity of party shots, but don’t underestimate the fruity and subtle flavors of this Mexican spirit. Distilled from blue agave, this drink actually makes a versatile base for cocktails. On World Tequila Day, we’re selecting some of our favorite tequila-based cocktails in Bengaluru that use unique ingredients, such as Indian Lime Pickle, Blue Pea Flower, and Avocado.
Using fully organic ingredients and no artificial flavors, this Mexican restaurant’s Avocado Margarita is a staple. The cocktail is a blend of avocado pulp, fresh lime juice, triple sec and tequila. Bursting with fresh flavors, the drink is served in an avocado shell placed inside a cocktail glass.
Rs 595 ++. At Vittal Mallya road
At this brewery, ask for the Pepper Popper, a visually stunning drink that’s totally Instagram-worthy. The spicy drink is made with tequila, jalapeno, citrus, and blue pea reduction, giving it a striking blue hue. It is then garnished with blue pea caviar and dehydrated orange zest.
Rs 295 ++. On the road to Bannerghatta
Suzy Q in 1522
This recently opened restaurant-bar offers really interesting cocktails. Among them, Suzy’s Secret, a blend of tequila, strawberry puree, jalapenos, pineapple juice and lime to balance the sweet and spicy notes. Rs 580 ++. At Queens Road
The popular brewery may be famous for its beer, but one of its signature cocktails The Great Pretender is also a crowd favorite. Tequila is mixed with lychee, pineapple and lime juice, homemade purple syrup, and egg white for a drink that tastes as good as it tastes. Rs 395 ++. In Hennur
Kitchen & Bar Raahi Neo
Aversion is a drink that combines raspberry pulp, tequila and pineapple syrup with a hint of sage. The fruity and tangy notes are balanced with the smoky, earthy grass for a well-balanced flavor concoction. Rs 695 ++. On the museum route
Beloved Indian Fruit Custard takes a fun twist in Social’s Camatka drink. A creamy apple paste is mixed with fresh lime juice and sugar syrup, all topped with tequila. Fruity and refreshing, this one ticks all the boxes. Rs 450 ++. Through the points of sale
The Achaarita from this brewery is an Indian version of Margarita. A spicy concoction, this one contains jalapenos, lime juice and tangy notes of Indian lime pickle. Served in a glass with a rim of salt, it’s as tropical as it gets! Rs 485 ++. In Whitefield and Koramangala