If there's one distilled spirit that is synonymous with summer, it's gotta be tequila. Whether it's in your margarita (the unofficial cocktail of summer), mixed into an agua fresca, or simply served on the rocks with a squeeze of fresh lime, it always brings happiness and warmth. Our friends José, Don, and Mr. Patrón have been quenching our desires for many years, but we want to focus on some newcomers—the new and/or newish brands that are stepping up to the big leagues this summer. Because legends never die, we'll sprinkle in some classics and twists to keep things interesting. Let's check the list to find out what we can drink tonight…
1. Tapatio Reposado
It should come as no surprise that the perfect Hungry Fan tequila to top our list is Tapatio—the company that boasts one of the best hot sauces on the market. This is not a joke—it's actually really, really, really good. It's earthy, robust, and makes the most fantastic and authentic riff on a Prairie Fire Shot since I swore them off after the fateful '08 Kansas Championship celebration. Ah, memories.
2. Costa Tequila Blanco
If you have a really, really good friend with a birthday coming up, Costa has the best tequila for the price. This tequila is smooth enough for sipping solo, but it also pairs well with your favorite tequila-based cocktail or mixed drink. Imagine being Mark Cuban and picking up Steph Curry for a million bucks a year… that good of a deal. Share the wealth liberally.
3. Solento Organic Reposado
Whether or not you're an organic enthusiast, there are definitely points to be earned from eating and drinking organically. This traditional reposado is super clean with little heat. Even if you're 5′ 5," a shot of this stuff will give you superhuman powers. It's what LeBron drinks…heard that from a friend.
4. Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
All tequilas are mezcals but not all mezcals are tequila. Write that down and never forget it. Anywho, this is our go-to for those sexy, smoky, easy drinking summer nights where you're feeling extra nice to yourself and your friends. So basically, every night.
PRO TIP: Sub half of the rum out of your next piña colada for Del Maguey Vida Mezcal and prepare to be swept away.
5. Casamigos Blanco
Created for the drinking class by the drinking class. Launched by George Clooney and Rande Gerber, this brand is now worth close to a billion dollars. Good for them, but I kinda wish LaVar Ball created it…imagine the one liners and trash talk, not to mention the best apparel.
PRO TIP: Shake with ice, strain, and serve with lime. Keep it simple; it's worth it.
6. El Destilador Blanco Tequila
A lot of these tequilas can get pretty pricey, but El Destilador, made from the uber prime blue agave, is less than 30 bucks a handle. Fear not, no bad high school party flashbacks here—the punch bowls will feed your entire party WITHOUT the worry of a bad hangover, but this stuff is so good, you won't want to waste it on a punch. Slam dunks all around.
PRO TIP: Because a lot of us are holed up at home, why not get everything delivered to your door? Use the links below each spirit to order.