Go beyond the margarita for National Tequila Day

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Go Beyond the Margarita for National Tequila Day

Tequila is for way more than taking shots. You can celebrate Friday's National Tequila Day beyond the classic margarita with these recipes.

The Paloma pairs tequila with tart grapefruit juice, lime, sugar and club soda. Refreshing on a hot day!

Elevate the Screwdriver by substituting tequila in this classic vodka drink.

Exchange white rum in a mojito for silver tequila. Tequila and mint are a perfect pair!

Who says tequila needs to be a cold cocktail? Use it to spike hot chocolate and top with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for a real kick!

A Shandy usually mixes beer with lemonade and vodka, but you can try this game day delight swapping the vodka with an aged tequila.

Need to class up the joint? Toast a special occasion by adding champagne or sparkling wine to lime juice and tequila. Hey, anything is classier than jello shots!

Check out the above recipes and more for some tequila inspiration:
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Go beyond the margarita for National Tequila Day

Tequila shots with wedges of lime and salt

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The Paloma: Tequila with grapefruit juice, lime, sugar, and club soda

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Switch up the Screwdriver with tequila instead of vodka

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Swap tequila in for rum in your next mojito. Trust us!

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Spike your next hot chocolate with tequila to warm up a chilly night.

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Make your own shandy with a splash of tequila, your favorite beer, and lemonade. 

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This June 9, 2014 photo shows a Texas tequila milkshake in Concord, N.H. Aged tequilas pair beautifully with ice cream. The alcohol will prevent the mixture from freezing solid. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Hundreds of guests celebrate the closing night of Oculto Manor and the introduction of Oculto, a unique lager blended with beer aged on tequila barrel staves on May 2, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Oculto Manor)

A classic lime margarita on the rocks

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Strawberry margarita

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