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Five Essential Tequila Cocktails

From patio sippers to complex cocktails

Tequila is one of the most unique spirits on the market. Depending on the region, the distiller and the process, each bottle of tequila will be distinctly different than the next. That’s what makes tequila so fun to drink, and why it appears is some of the most iconic cocktails around.

If you haven’t had a chance to experiment with tequila yet, know that first there are a few things you want to look out for when buying a bottle. Then whip up a few of these cocktails at home.

Classic Margarita

The absolute classic cocktail for tequila, and with good reason. Margaritas are the perfect blend of sweet, sour and boozy and can be customized in a thousand different ways. The recipe below will get you started, but experimentation is encouraged so you can find the margarita recipe that’s right for you.


  • 2oz blanco tequila
  • 1oz triple sec
  • 3/4 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Salt

Method: Combine tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and shake for around 15-20 seconds. Rim half of the glass with salt (giving the option of salt or no salt while sipping) and strain mixture into glass. Can optionally garnish with lime wheel for additional lime notes.


The Paloma is deceptively simple, but completely delicious. One of the most refreshing ways of enjoying tequila, the Paloma might even replace the Margarita as your go-to summer sipper as it’s just that much simpler to create.


  • 2oz Tequila Blanco
  • 1/2oz Lime juice
  • Grapefruit soda
  • Salt

Method: Rim a Collins glass with salt. Fill the glass with ice and add the tequila and lime juice, top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit for good measure.

Tequila Sunrise

Why should rum have all the fun when it comes to fruity cocktails? The Tequila Sunrise is everything you want in a tropical cocktail. It’s sweet, refreshing, easy to drink and just the right balance of alcohol. Plus as with most tequila cocktails, it’s actually fairly simple to make, unlike most rum based punches.


  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila blanco
  • 3/4 cup of orange juice
  • 3/4 oz grenadine
  • Orange slice
  • Maraschino cherry

Method: In a highball glass filled with ice, pour in the tequila and orange juice. Slowly pour the grenadine into the glass over the back of a spoon or by drizzling it down the side of the glass, allowing it to settle at the bottom. Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.

Oaxaca Old-Fashioned

A spin on the traditional Old Fashioned, the Oaxaca Old Fashioned takes advantage of the unique properties of both tequila and mezcal to create a completely different experience than the classic. There’s a wonderful earthiness to this cocktail that elevates the drink.


  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila Reposado
  • 1/2 oz Mezcal
  • 1 tsp agave
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel

Method: Combine liquids in a cocktail shaker with a generous handful of ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a strip of orange peel.

Mexican Mule

Once again we’re taking a classic cocktail but putting a tequila twist on it. This might actually be one of those variations that is better than the original, as the tequila brings and extra bite to the mule that vodka simply can’t.


  • 1 1/2oz Tequila Reposado
  • 1/2oz Lime juice
  • 4oz Ginger beer

Method: Combine the tequila, lime juice and ginger beer in a copper mug. Top with a heap of crushed ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

1 comment

  1. I think tequila sunrise is indeed a must-try since you mentioned that it has the right balance of alcohol while sweet and refreshing at the same. My friends are visiting me soon since it has been ages since we last met. We love tequila drinks the most so it’s perfect if I can find a restaurant that serves tequila drinks like a tequila sunrise.


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