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Whether you choose to add a dash or a splash of tequila to your drink, these ten simple tequila cocktail recipes will add extra special flavor and fun that you never knew you were missing in your cocktails!
These are the best quick and easy tequila cocktails to try out at home, especially when you’re thirsty for something even better and more interesting than a basic margarita.
There’s something magical about tequila. You can be sure that when you load up your tin shaker with fresh ice, tequila and mixers, the mood in the room will instantly transform — to party time!
Whether you’re looking for one of the creative takes on a margarita or something even more colorful and refreshing, this list has something for everyone, with unique twists on your favorite classic tequila drinks.
Notes on tequila styles
Tequila is made in a variety of styles that display different colors, flavors and aromas. Taste and experiment to discover your favorite style.
- Silver: Clear color, un-aged distilled tequila. Clean pure taste.
- Gold: Amber colored from caramel color or from blending with reposado. Light whiskey-barrel taste.
- Reposado: Aged in wood barrels. Sweeter flavor than gold or silver, with hints of baking spice and toast.
- Añejo and extra añejo: Must be aged from 1-3 years. Taste ranges from smoky brandy to rich and spicy with vanilla notes.
- Mezcal – A clear spirit with smoky aroma. Technically, all tequilas are types of mezcal. Mezcals and tequilas are different because they are each made from certain kinds of agave plants. Tequila comes from blue agave and mezcal from smoked or roasted maguey agave.
What’s good to mix with tequila:
Good tequilas taste smooth and slightly herbaceous, with the distinctive taste of agave. Cold white tequila (tequila blanco) or golden reposado tequila mixes well with a variety of fruit juices, sodas and citrus.
- Citrus: Orange juice, fresh lemon juice, fresh lime juice and grapefruit.
- Fruit juices: Pineapple juice, tomato juice, mango and passionfruit nectar, strawberry and blackberry fruit puree.
- Other mix-ins: Simple syrup or agave nectar adds sweetness. Grapefruit soda, lemon-lime soda, ginger beer, coconut water or sparkling water add a layer of refreshment. Grenadine and a few dashes of orange bitters balance out all the flavors.
A classic margarita with a salt rim might be the quintessential tequila cocktail. Served on the rocks or straight-up, it’s always a crowd-pleaser. Check out these recipes that take the tried-and-true margarita to the next level!
- Quick Orange Margarita: Only five ingredients including orange liqueur and orange juice (plus an orange peel if you’re in the mood) — you’ll have a drink perfect for warm weather entertaining and summer parties.
- Roasted Strawberry Margarita: This is not your everyday margarita! Mix tequila, orange liqueur, lime and agave syrup with jammy roasted strawberry puree and serve it in a rocks glass.
- Hibiscus Mezcal Margarita: Colored with vibrant hibiscus flowers, this drink is a beautiful, super refreshing twist on a classic margarita, mixed with mezcal or tequila, hibiscus and a fresh lime wheel.
- Fresh Pineapple Margarita: Get your tropical cocktail on with a cold pineapple margarita. Rim with a spicy cayenne-sugar mix or try spicy Tajin seasoning mixed with salt.
Tequila sour cocktails
Sour cocktails are old-fashioned drinks that can be made with any type of spirit. They’re shaken with simple syrup and egg white, which gives them a foamy top.
When made with tequila instead of gin or whiskey, sours are super thirst-quenching and deliciously tart and sweet.
- Fresh Lime Tequila Sour: This tequila cocktail topped with a creamy froth has just the right amount of sweet and sour. Shake it up with fresh lime juice, tequila, simple syrup and egg white!
- Cinnamon Tequila Sour: A perfect fall cocktail! Make this sweet and spicy drink with simple ingredients like tequila, cinnamon and lemon juice and serve it in a pretty coupe glass.
Tequila and Lime Cocktails
Why do tequila and limes pair so perfectly? Maybe it’s because limes grow abundantly in Mexico, where tequila was first distilled in the 1700s. It’s an age-old combination we’ll never get bored with!
- Tequila Lime Mojitarita: My take on a mojito made with tequila instead of rum. Muddle fresh mint with sugar, then add tequila, soda water and freshly squeezed lime juice. Chill your glass and serve over ice.
- Refreshing Rhubarb Lime Cocktail: The gorgeous color of a tequila sunrise in a glass — pink rhubarb cocktails with tequila, lime and homemade rhubarb syrup are perfect to celebrate the arrival of spring and warm weather.
Paloma cocktail and a fruity kombucha tequila drink
- Tequila Kombucha Cocktail: An easy tequila- kombucha cocktail with a squeeze of lime and drizzle of honey. Simply stir it up and enjoy.
- Spicy Paloma with Grapefuit, Jalapeno and Tequila: Loaded with grapefruit juice and grapefruit soda, this drink has a spicy kick to it. Serve in a collins glass or by the pitcher.
10 Cool Tequila Cocktails: Fresh Lime Mojitarita
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 tablespoons (30 g) granulated sugar
- 8 ounces (250 ml) silver tequila
- Cold soda water or sparkling water
- 1 lime, sliced into thin wheels
Mix 2 drinks at a time:
- Tear the mint leaves into pieces and put 1/2 cup into a cocktail shaker with 1/4 cup lime juice, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 4 ounces tequila. Add crushed ice and shake well.
- Strain over ice into high ball glasses and top off with soda water. Garnish with mint leaves and lime slices.
- Empty the shaker and repeat the steps to make the remaining 2 drinks.
Karen’s Notes and Tips
- If you don’t have a jumbo-sized cocktail shaker that exceeds 24-ounce capacity, make the drinks in two batches. Rinse out the shaker in between drinks.