Step away from the margarita. Yes, we're talking about that huge, salt-rimmed glass sporting a frothy head atop a Day-Glo green liquid.
But there are other ways to drink it, especially with Cinco De Mayo and summer approaching. Quench your thirst with these:
A shot of tequila sipped with a shot of sangrita, a chile-hot, tomato-citrus juice.
Choose a good tequila-maybe an aged (anejo) one-and sip post-dinner as you might a nice brandy.
This version lines up three shot glasses-one with tequila (white), one with the reddish sangrita (red) and a third with the greenish juice of the key lime (green)-which are the colors of the Mexican flag (or bandera).
Basically, a shot of tequila with a beer chaser. (Sometimes a shot of tequila is inverted inside the beer mug so when you drink the beer the shot glass tips a little letting tequila escape into the beer.)
This translates as a "knock on the head." Here's why: Add a bit of lemon-lime soda and a few drops of key lime (limon) to a shot of tequila. Then, with your hand covering the top of the shot glass, tap (gently, please) the glass on the table and drink it down.