5@5 - Fred Warner: tequila expert
May 23rd, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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Tequila(!): it's not just for Cinco de Mayo and The Champs.

Just ask Fred Warner, the beverage director of Mas Malo and Malo in Los Angeles, where Warner has helped curate a list of almost 250 tequilas and 30 mezcals.

Let's just say the man knows his way around a tequila bottle - and hopes this summer you don't limit your tequila tippling to the sunrise or sunset, but rather enjoy all the livelong day.

Five Refreshing Tequila Cocktails To Sip This Summer: Fred Warner

1. Spicy Cucumber Margarita (pictured above)
"I LOVE this drink, not only in the summer, but year round! It's got the cooling aspect of the cucumber, followed by the bite of the Tapitio [hot sauce]! A wonderful juxtaposition of flavors."

2 oz reposado tequila (recommended: El Jimador Reposado)
2 oz House Sour (2 parts fresh lime juice to 1 part agave nectar)
3 slices cucumber
2 dashes each of Tapitio and Angostura bitters

Served with ice in a rocks glass.

2. Mexican 77
"This cocktail is nice, sweet and sparkling. It tastes soft on the palate, and is wonderful for a hot summer day."

2 oz silver tequila (recommended: 4Copas Silver organic tequila)
Juice of 1/2 a lemon (1/2 oz)
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Float of Cava (or Champagne)

Served in a chilled Champagne flute.

3. Red Eye
"Now this is a beautiful cocktail! The density of the red wine keeps the wine at the top of the cocktail the entire time. It’s sweet, yet dry."

2 oz  reposado tequila (recommended: Milagro Reposado)
Juice of 1/2 a lemon (1/2 oz)
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Float of Red Wine

Served in a chilled Champagne flute.

4. La Paloma
"The bestselling cocktail in Mexico! It’s traditionally made with Mexican Squirt [grapefruit soda], but mine is made with homemade 'Squirt' using freshly squeezed juices. My personal summertime favorite!"

2 oz silver tequila (recommended: El Jimador Silver)
1/2 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Topped with club soda

Served with ice in a salt rimmed Collins glass, with a lime.

5. Piñata Smash
"This cocktail is sweet and spicy, with a nice herbal finish. It’s a tasty and refreshing cocktail to sip on those days when the sun just won’t quit.

2 oz silver tequila (recommended: El Jimador Silver)
2 oz House Sour (2 parts fresh lime juice to 1 part agave nectar)
Muddled pineapple chunk, 3 slices of Serrano chile, and a few sprigs of Cilantro

Served with ice in a rocks glass.

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  1. Sarah

    So... does Mr. Warner have a suggestion for a drink made without the use of citrus? I love tequila... but after having my first son I developed an allergy to lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit. Help a girl out!

    June 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  2. Pedro

    I'll have one of what ever he makes, but leave out the sweet, the fruit, the juice, the wine and the ice. Salt and limes is all you need for good times.

    May 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • Pedro

      On second shot, maybe I'll try the Spicy Cucumber Margarita, but just once.

      May 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  3. The Witty One@I want da gold!

    Leprechaun's Gold recipe:

    1/2 shot Goldschlager® cinnamon schnapps
    1/2 shot Irish cream

    May 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  4. I want da gold!

    The Bomb:

    Glass of tang (Or OJ, if no tang is available)
    Shot of Everclear (Vodka if you can't get the sand out of your vag)
    Shot of red wine

    May 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  5. Jerv

    I wanna party with this dude!

    May 24, 2011 at 6:56 am |
  6. moltomuchacho


    May 23, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  7. The Dude

    I prefer BONG HITS.
    Alcohol is an evil poison.
    Marijuana is much safer.
    Shame on CNN for pushing the use of a drug that is known to kill tens of thousands per year.

    May 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  8. Lil' Griz

    Alcohol makes being American bearable. Don't get me wrong, I love this country, but not thinking about the rest of the world is easier with a buzz.

    May 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  9. Luke

    MILAGRO and the others = mass production=poor quality.

    May 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  10. Luke

    Um, Don Julio for the $ is The best tequila IN THE WORLD!

    May 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
    • Alex

      I'm with you but would have to add a few variations of Cazadores too.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
  11. Chadd

    Vodka+water with a lime for me only. No carbs, and no hangover.

    May 23, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  12. Sonya

    You can find Squirt soda in most U.S. grocery stores. I like that soda mixed with lime juice, tequila and cointreau. That is the ingredient list in the best margarita I had in Mexico at one the tequila factories.

    May 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  13. alcoholthenarcotic org

    My my my, look at how fancy people can make their drugs look.

    May 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  14. brian


    May 23, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
  15. D's Mother@D

    If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. Go sit in the corner. Bad D!

    May 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  16. D

    Tequila! What a way to ruin a good cocktail.

    May 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
    • Lil' Griz

      Ummm.... Douche? Maybe??

      May 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • Paul Baker

      Try a Mexicans Revenge Tall glass with crushed ice, two oz of Tequila, a shot of Grenadine, a shot of lime juice and fill with cranberry cocktail.. After a couple of these you won't know what hit you Enjoy

      May 23, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
  17. jillmarie

    Yum, but it's tough for me right now because I'm pregnant,lol! #1 and #5 especially sound delicious, I love the cucumber and chile ingredients in the cocktails. I went out with a few couples to a bar this weekend, and it's just not the same sober!

    May 23, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
    • Snowbunny@jillmarie

      Congrats on the pregnancy!

      May 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
      • jillmarie


        May 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  18. fob

    I'll take a #4 please, on the rocks.

    May 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  19. Jdizzle McHammerpants

    I'd hit it.

    May 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      Sorry, Kat. Went old skrizzle on you.

      May 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
      • The Witty One@JDizz

        Good to have you back :)

        May 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
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