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Recipes for tequila lovers from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen


The margarita is one of the favorite drinks at Malo’s.

 (Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
Chipotle roasted salmon

Salmon quickly picks up the flavors of a marinade of fiery chipotle chiles married with tequila, a touch of sesame and fresh notes of garlic, cilantro and green onion.
Recipe: Chipotle roasted salmon

Bonus recipe: Poblano sorbet

Poblano sorbet is a spicy, icy and sweet treat involving peppers, sugar, tequila and lime juice.
Recipe: Poblano sorbet

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The Parlour Trick

Recipe: The Parlour Trick

 (Anne Cusack, Los Angeles Times)
Bright and fresh as can be

Recipe: Baja baby scallops ceviche

 (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
A toast to the season

Recipe: Persimmon margarita

 (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Cocktail museum, cocktail chaser

Recipe: La Perla

 (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Grilled corn with tequila lime butter

Recipe: Grilled corn with tequila lime butter

 (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

Recipe: Recess Thyme

 (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)
Mezcal: good drink, bad rap

Recipe: Coctel Donaji

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That something extra

Recipe: Mexican iced coffee

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Herbal cocktails, anyone?
A bold band of bartenders

Recipe: AM punch

 (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
A toast to the season

The Papi Pera cocktail with tequila, pear and cinnamon syrup.

 (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Countdown to fireworks

Recipe: Watermelon cooler

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Lusciously cherimoya

Recipe: Cherimoya cocktail

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Eggnog as you’ve never had it

This luscious eggnog gets an extra kick from star anise. Variations include rum, tequila, whiskey, gin and more. Recipe: Eggnog (with 7 variations)

 (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Forbidden fruit no more

Recipe: Ponche Villa

 (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)
Terranea agave gold margarita
This decadent margarita is finished with a dusting of gold leaf. Click here for the recipe.  (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)
horseradish and pomegranate margarita

A horseradish and pomegranate margarita.

 (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Marix Tex Mex blood orange margarita

Blood orange margaritas from Marix.

 (Pornchai Mittongare / For The Times)
El Coyote margarita

Recipe: El Coyote margarita

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La vida loca martini
This margarita-martini hybrid mingles spicy jalapeno-infused tequila with sticky sweet triple sec, fresh-squeezed orange juice, lime juice and salty olive juice for an oddly refreshing liquor-forward drink. Click here for the recipe.  (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Angelina cocktail

The Angelina cocktail served at Mas Malo in Los Angeles.

 (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)
Moses margarita
This margarita is made with Casa Vieja tequila, a “kosher for Passover” tequila. Click here for the recipe.  (Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
Guava margarita

Recipe: A guava margarita.

 (Beatrice de Gea / Los Angeles Times)
Cilantro margarita from Las Brisas del Valle
Las Brisas del Valle’s margarita gets its unique flavors from fresh cilantro and limoncello, the blended drink frozen until slushy before serving. Click here for the recipe. (Daniel Hennesey / For The Times)
Ruby red grapefruit margarita

Recipe: Ruby red grapefruit margarita

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Jalapeno margarita

Recipe: Blood orange jalapeno margarita

 (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
Millennium margarita
Frozen limeade adds necessary tartness while creating a smooth, even consistency in this slushy creation. Click here for the recipe.  (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)