Kick Back with These Tasty Tequila Cocktails

06/28/2012 at 05:10 PM EDT

National Tequila Day Summer Drinks Recipes
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Kristin Boehm
National Tequila day may be a month away (July 24), but had an early visit from the team at Clase Azul to sample their exclusive wares! The company features four tequilas in hand-crafted Mexican bottles: Clase Azul Plata, Clase Azul Reposado, a limited production Clase Azul Ultra, and the pomegranate-infused La Pinta, which, we have to admit, was delicious on its own.

But don't take our (or celeb fans George Clooney, Cindy Crawford, Lil Jon and chef Richard Sandoval's) word for it, you can make fun cocktails at home.

Strawberry Mint Julep

• 1 large strawberry
• ¼ peeled orange
• ¼ lime unpeeled
• ½ tsp. sugar
• 4 large mint leaves
• 1 oz. tequila
• 4 oz. all natural pure lemonade
In a shaker, combine strawberry, orange, lime, sugar, mint leaves. Muddle all ingredients until well-combined and juices are extracted. Add tequila, lemonade, fill with ice and shake. Strain into a low-ball Julep glass filled with fresh ice and garnish with a fresh strawberry and sprig of mint.

Salty Chihuahua

• 1 wedge lime
• Coarse salt
• Ice
• 1½ oz. tequila
• 5 oz. fresh squeezed lemonade
Wet rim of glass with lime wedge and dip in salt. Fill glass with ice. Pour in tequila and lemonade. Squeeze and drop in the lime wedge. Stir.

La Pinta Royale

• 2 oz. pomegranate-infused tequila
• 2 oz. Prosecco
• Optional: Splash of orange liqueur
Chill and strain tequila into a flute with chilled Prosecco. Add a splash of orange liqueur and garnish with an orange twist.

Pan American Cooler

• 1 oz. pomegranate-infused tequila
• 1 oz. pisco
• Juice of one lemon
• 4 oz. lemon-lime soda, like Sprite
Pour all ingredients into a highball glass on ice, stir, and garnish with a lime wedge.

Follow PEOPLE on Pinterest: Our Summer Drinks board has plenty more refreshing drink ideas from editors and readers like you!

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