Our picks: Herradura, Centenario Roseangel, Del Maguey Pechuga and Avión.

Photo: Rose CallahanThe first thing you need: a good but inexpensive blanco tequila for margaritas—something like Herradura, a bargain that still speaks well of you to guests. Gran Centenario’s Roseangel, a reposado infused with hibiscus, is the best flavored tequila on the market, and we can’t think of a better time to enjoy it. Avión, which played a starring role in Entourage last season, is actually available for purchase; and purchase it you should. The brand makes a gorgeous anejo, with zesty cinnamon and vanilla notes. For weddings and special occasions, pick up a bottle of Del Maguey’s Pechuga—an extremely rare, traditional mezcal distilled under a hanging chicken breast (you read that right), with wild fruit, almonds and rice. Spectacular.

Go-To Cocktail: Rose of Jalisco
Kevin Denton, the wizard of the rooftop at Gramercy Terrace, above The Gramercy Park Hotel, created this Roseangel cocktail exclusively for MANual. Now it’s yours.


2 oz Gran Centranario Roseangel Tequila

½ oz Campari

½ oz Sugar Cane Syrup

¾ oz Fresh Lime Juice

1 Dash of Peychaud Bitters

Fresh Cut Pineapple

Muddle two 1-inch chunks of pineapple in a shaker.  Add the rest of the ingredients and shake vigorously.  Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a hibiscus flower.


Mixing Glass

Boston Shaker

Wooden Muddler

Citrus Squeeze

Chopping Knife

Hawthorne Strainer

Double Mesh Strainer

Coupe Glass

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  1. K says:

    I think it would be helpful to all. If you guy’s posted a short video on how to make these wonderful cocktails.

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