Have a bottle of Tequila left over? Although it’s most well-known for its margarita, tequila can be used in many delicious cocktails. The Mexican liquor made from the Azave plant is great for Mexican-style drinks such as the Paloma or Mexican mule. It’s also delicious in a 1920’s-style sour cocktail, such as the Tequila Sour or a Bloody Maria. There are so many delicious mixed drinks you can try… let’s get mixing!
Here are the best tequila cocktails you should try.
This easy tequila cocktails recipe is a cousin to the classic margarita. It uses grapefruit in place of lime. The simple sour is sweet and tart, but refreshingly refreshing by changing up the citrus. This is a great drink for happy hour, but you can also use it to water down the soda water and make it a brunch drink. Although Paloma is traditionally made from grapefruit soda, our recipe uses grapefruit juice instead. You can find it here.
Ingredients: Tequila, grapefruit and lime, simple syrup, soda, water
The margarita is undoubtedly the most well-known tequila cocktail! Did you know that the original recipe does not contain any simple syrup? This is the classic recipe: three ingredients and a salty rim. It is pure perfection. You can try all of our Margarita recipes (Frozen and Skinny, Mango, Skinny, and many more).
Ingredients: Tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice
The tequila sour is next in our tequila cocktails! This refreshing, sweet, and tart drink has a creamy foam topping. It’s like a mix of a 1920’s sour drink and a margarita. This delicious drink is full of lemon-lime flavor and vintage vibes.
Ingredients: Tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and bitters can be combined with tequila.
A new bubbly cocktail is ready to dominate the summer. Ranch Water! Ranch Water, the unofficial West Texas drink, is essentially a tequila-highball cocktail with lime juice, Topo Chico, and tequila. It’s a bubbly, lighter variation of the classic margarita. There is still all the tangy lime, but less sweetness.
Ingredients: Tequila, lime juice and Topo Chico (or any other mineral water) are all acceptable.
The Mexican mule is one of the most popular tequila cocktails. It’s bold and bubbly, and ready to spice up any gathering. A spin on the Moscow Mule, this version might be even better than its inspiration. It’s impossible to resist another sip of this tequila-infused cocktail, thanks to its combination with spicy ginger and zingy lemon. This is how you can put a classy twist on the classic.
Ingredients: Ginger beer, lime juice, Tequila
Tequila sunrise is something more stunning than any other. This bright cocktail has the summer sunset-like layers of colors. It’s also easy to make. It only takes 3 ingredients and requires no special equipment or techniques. It is refreshingly sweet with a touch of tequila. Try it with our homemade grenadine!
Ingredients: Tequila and orange juice grenadine
The Siesta is a unique tequila cocktail. The unexpected combination of Campari, tequila, and fresh citrus juice makes this cocktail incredibly intriguing. Every sip is refreshing and balanced, with a sweet tart body but a slightly bitter finish. You’ll love it after just one sip.
Ingredients: Campari, Tequila, Grapefruit Juice, and Lime Juice
Looking for a straight simple tequila drink? A Tequila and Coca-Cola: aka the Batanga! The combination of the caramel-flavored cola and the earthy, fruity flavors of Tequila is quite intriguing. It’s like having a margarita with a rum and coke in one! It is possible to mix any alcohol with coke, but the tequila-coke combination is special.
Ingredients: Tequila, cola, lime
A Bloody Mary is a classic vodka drink, but you can swap the liquor for tequila to make a Bloody Maria. The Mexican-style twist on the classic Bloody Mary is well worth a try. It’s spicy, tangy and perfectly seasoned. Tequila adds a bright, vibrant nuance to this drink where vodka can become dull.
Ingredients: Tequila, Tabasco and Worcestershire, celery salt, lemon, tomato juice, horseradish.
The Cadillac Margarita is the last in our tequila cocktails. It’s a sophisticated twist on the classic tequila drink. The Cadillac is made by adding Grand Marnier to your classic margarita. This has a subtle flavor that will make everyone go “Wow!” This is a great way for you to improve your cocktail skills with minimal effort.
Ingredients: Tequila, Grand Marnier and Cointreau, as well as lime juice
There are many types of tequila
The secret to successBesttequila cocktails? Get a great tequila quality of a cocktail depends on the alcohol it contains. If you have the budget, look for a middle-priced tequila or a higher end one. Depending on the drink, you can choose to buy Blanco or reposado. These are the differences between them.Types of tequila when to use them
Tequila Blanco (or “new” tequila)This product has been kept for less than two months. It has a simple, strong flavor. Use it in simple drinks such as the Frozen Margarita or Tequila Sunrise.
Tequila reposado (“rested” in Spanish)It can be aged for longer periods, between 2 and 12 months. This wine has a deeper flavor with vanilla and oak notes. It can be used in classic drinks such as the Cadillac Margarita and Classic Margarita.
Mix grapefruit juice with tequila to make the Mexican Paloma Cocktail! This refreshing and tangy drink is easy to make.
- 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) tequila blanco
- 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
- 1 tablespoon (½ ounce) fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 tablespoon (½ ounce) maple syrup or simple syrup
- 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) soda water
- Flaky sea salt & grapefruit wedge, for the garnish
- Cut a notch in the grapefruit wedge, then run the grapefruit around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of flaky sea salt.
- To the glass, add the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, syrup and stir until combined.
- Fill the glass with ice (clear ice if you want to get fancy!). Top with soda water and serve!