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23 Ways to Tequila, From Cookies to Cocktails

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For some, tequila shares the esteemed company of rowdy college students, questionably clean shot glasses, and hard-as-rocks limes. I get it. And while you may have once sworn, “Never again, tequila!,” it's also the base of drinks that have been enjoyed in Mexico for millennia. Let those who are without disastrous tequila stories cast the first stone.

Piquant tequila can update an eggnog, or add vibrancy to crispy fish. Here are 23 recipes for you to get creative with this liquor. Don't worry—no shots. But it's totally fine if you take one. I’m not judging.

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Mexican Wedding Cakes II
Mexican Wedding Cakes II
Cherry Tomato Tequila Butter Salsa with Fried Fish

Cherry Tomato Tequila Butter Salsa with Fried Fish by Sam1148

Southwest Short Ribs

Southwest Short Ribs by HealthyDelicious

Grilled Watermelon with Tequila

Grilled Watermelon with Tequila by bill

Cheese Fondue with Chipotle and Tequila

Cheese Fondue with Chipotle and Tequila by Viviane Bauquet Farre

Tequila's not just for margaritas

Hello Summer Cocktail
Hello Summer Cocktail
Smoky and Spicy Paloma

Smoky and Spicy Paloma by Hi, I'm Brian.

In My Solitude

In My Solitude by MollyandBrandon

Meet the Rosita, Where Tequila Gets the Negroni Treatment
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Meet the Rosita, Where Tequila Gets the Negroni Treatment
Red, White, and Blue Paloma Slushies
Red, White, and Blue Paloma Slushies
Santa Fe Sage

Santa Fe Sage by fruitsuper design

Clyde Common's Better Eggnog

Clyde Common's Better Eggnog by Kenzi Wilbur

Ginger Devil

Ginger Devil by Samantha Weiss Hills

Watermelon Paloma

Watermelon Paloma by Merrill Stubbs

Ponche (Mexican Punch)
Ponche (Mexican Punch)
Move Over Boozy Pops: This is Our New Favorite Summer Cocktail

Move Over Boozy Pops: This is Our New Favorite Summer Coc... by Leslie Stephens

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El Chupacabra

El Chupacabra by janeymax

Put Tequila in Your Manhattan, Feel Like You're Breaking All The Rules
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Put Tequila in Your Manhattan, Feel Like You're Breaking All The Rules

Ok, Ok, Some Margaritas

Margarita

Margarita by Erika Kotite

Strawberry Margarita on the Rocks

Strawberry Margarita on the Rocks by Marshmallows&Margaritas

Mid-Winter Margarita

Mid-Winter Margarita by Food52

Hothouse Cooler

Hothouse Cooler by Kendra Vaculin

Chamoyada Margarita
Chamoyada Margarita

Tags: tequila, margaritas, not shots