Summertime cocktails, and National Tequila Day

Surely, somewhere in the world’ the weather is temperate, cool even.

Not in the U.S., though.

Combatting the heat just starts with a little imagination … and a glass, and some ice. See where I’m going with this?

Take, let’s say, brandy, which typical for wintertime cocktails, and give it a summer twist.

E&J Peach Brandy, which is aged in American oak barrels, and Camarena Tequila, offer a couple of options this summer. By the way, National Tequila Day is Wednesday, July 24. Salud!


Peach Palmer:

  • 1 part E&J Peach
  • 1 part Iced Tea
  • 1 part Lemonade

Shake, pour into a cocktail glass, add ice and garnish with a lime wedge

Peach Sidecar:

  • 2 parts E&J Peach
  • 1 part Lemon Juice
  • 1 part Triple Sec

Shake, pour into a cocktail glass, add ice and garnish with an orange peel


Camarena is made with 100% blue weber agave in the Jalisco’s Arandas Highlands and distilled through a proprietary method that blends traditional ovens and modern techniques, its makers say. 

Camarena Cocktails

Camarena margarita:

  • 2 parts Camarena Silver
  • .75 parts Simple Syrup/Agave Nectar
  • .75 parts Lime Juice
  • .5 parts Triple Sec

Add ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Camarena Paloma:

  • 2 parts Camarena Silver
  • 4 parts Grapefruit Soda
  • .5 parts Lime Juice
  • Pinch of salt

Add ingredients into a Collins glass filled with ice and stir together to combine. Garnish with lime wheel and sprig of mint.