Roundup: 5 Great Summer Recipes Using Tequila

Paloma cocktail. Photo by K&K Test kitchen []

When most of us think of tequila, a huge headache and a bad hangover come to mind. But this spirit is one of our faves, and has a lot more going for it than shots and salty wrists. So, here are a few ideas to use tequila in different recipes, all headache and hangover-free…kinda.

1: Paloma cocktail (above): This refreshing cocktail takes a few minutes to make and uses a few ingredients – grapefruit soda, lime, and tequila. The soda helps tame the tequila down so it tastes all kinds of smooth.

Tequila battered onion rings. Photo by Life as a Strawberry []

2: Tequila Battered Onion Rings:  The perfect snack for a chillaxing summer weekend. Great when paired with some beers or a ManMade chelada! This recipe includes a few tips to create a honey lime yogurt dip!

Mango Fruit and Tequila Popsicles with Serrano Chiles. Photo by Cooking Stoned []

3. Mango Fruit and Tequila Popsicles with SerranoFor all of you heat lovers, this popsicle recipe combines the best of both worlds: booze and spice. Make a few for your next bbq and serve them with some extra fruit on the side which will help to cool down your taste buds.

Tequila soaked watermelon wedges. Photo: Martha Stewart []

4. Tequila Soaked Watermelon WedgesA little flashback of those college days, except this recipe is a bit more for grown ups. These watermelon wedges are a quick and easy way to add a refreshing, boozy snack to your summer party. Just remember to NOT watermelon and drive.

Chili tequila lime popcorn. Photo: Sweet Life []

5. Chile, Lime, and Tequila PopcornIf you’re thing is to stay in on the weekend to catch up with your favorite shows, then this is right up your alley. This recipe is like a mini party in a bowl, loaded with spice and citrus notes. Seriously, the best tv companion.