Combine 2 ounces blanco or silver tequila with 4 ounces fresh lime juice, 2 ounces water, and 2 ounces agave nectar (or simple syrup) in a shaker. Shake vigorously with ice and pour into an unsalted glass. Add a handful of frozen strawberries with a few candied ginger slices, or a handful of blackberries with a sprig of rosemary. Tip: To prevent watered-down drinks, freeze lime juice or limeade to use as ice cubes.
A fine fiesta needs music, but mariachi isn't your only choice. Demi Stevens, owner of the tequila-focused restaurant Ortega 120 in Los Angeles, suggests Latin-fusion music from bands like L.A.-based Ozomatli and New York City's Aventura. Though Aventura broke up last year, it has released six albums in the romantic Dominican bachata style, with an R&B and hip-hop flair.