Many drinks pair the classic combination of citrus and tequila, creating refreshing concoctions perfect for summer. However, tequila cocktails can be enjoyed anytime. They range in flavor from sweet to spicy and simple to decadent.
With this spirit, there are endless options. Some of these drinks are traditional tequila cocktails, while others recreate cocktails with the addition of the spirit.
Check out this list of the best tequila cocktails to find something that suits your preferences!
One of the best tequila cocktails for citrus lovers, the Paloma combines lime juice with effervescent grapefruit soda to create a refreshing drink.
The type of tequila used isn’t as important as the quality of the spirit, though typically, Palomas use Blanco Tequila. This cocktail doesn’t add a sweetener, so it's an excellent option for those avoiding sugar.
This cocktail combines Blanco Tequila with Campari, a bitter liqueur that plays a part in many classic drinks. To cut the bitterness, the Siesta Cocktail uses lime and grapefruit juice to create a tart flavor contrast.
Simple syrup sweetens the drink. These sophisticated combinations and simple preparation make this cocktail perfect for parties!
If you’re looking for an aesthetically pleasing cocktail, consider the Tequila Sunrise. Grenadine adds a rich red color to the drink, which, when combined with orange juice, creates a beautiful gradient of color reminiscent of a sunrise. The drink isn’t just pretty. It provides a balance of sweet and sour flavors that pair perfectly with Blanco Tequila.
If you’re a fan of the traditional Bloody Mary, you’ll love this tequila twist on the drink. This cocktail retains all of the spicy elements of the classic but substitutes tequila for the vodka customarily used in the cocktail.
This recipe, in particular, uses two types of hot sauce and spicy horseradish to create this savory drink.
Another example of an amazing tequila cocktail with strong citrus notes, a Cantarito shares many ingredients with Paloma. Grapefruit soda still adds a refreshing burst of flavor, enhancing the additional citrus elements of orange, lemon, and lime. The recipe also calls for a small amount of salt to balance the tart and sweet flavors.
Seekers of complex flavors will love this twist on the Old Fashioned. Another recipe that calls for Reposado Tequila, this cocktail combines the rich flavor of the spirit with bold mezcal, creating a citrus taste with hints of smoke.
Sweeten with a small amount of agave syrup and add contrast with a few dashes of bitters to make this balanced cocktail.
A refreshing combination of watermelon and lime, the Tequila Mockingbird has an attractive pink color. More sweetness is added to the cocktail with agave syrup and balanced with a bit of spice from jalapeno.
Though you will have to do some muddling, this cocktail is easy to make with a bright and refreshing taste.
I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.
In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.