Shots and Beyond: How Else to Enjoy Tequila

Three of Manila’s hottest establishments come up with craft tequila cocktails

Sipping a tequila is already a pleasure on its own, but who says you can’t have more fun with it and bring in more flavor? We asked three establishments to create off-the-menu tequila-based cocktails exclusively for Esquire. Here is what they’ve come up with.


Gold Tiger

Out to get smashed? Try this tequila and Red Horse beer combo. It’s surprisingly good.

  • 2 oz Gold Tequila
  • 1 oz calamansi juice
  • 2 oz simple syrup 

Crying Tiger is at 4986 P. Guanzon Street, Makati City; tel. no. (02) 894-1769.


The Border

Here’s a creative spin to the classic Old Fashioned 

  • 1 1/2 oz Reposado Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Amaro Nonino
  • 1/2 oz pineapple syrup
  • 2 dashes of spiced chocolate bitters
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters
  • Garnish with a cherry

12/10 is at 7635 Guijo Street, Makati City; tel. no. 0915-663-2823.


A refreshing citrusy drink that is light and sweet, with just the right kick. 

  • 11/2 oz Tequila Blanco
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz sugar syrup
  • 2 inch slice of cucumber
  • Half a wheel of orange
  • Top with tonic water

The Curator is at 134 Legazpi Street corner C. Palanca Street, Makati City

This article originally appeared in the August 2015 issue of Esquire Philippines. Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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