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Tequila Martini

The Tequila Martini is a riff on the classic gin martini, perfect for tequila lovers who don’t want a sweet cocktail. For those who love both tequila and classic martinis, you can have the best of both worlds with this cocktail.

tequila martini cocktail chilled and served on a busy bar top with a shallow depth of field and color lights and glasses in the background garnished with a lemon twist

The tequila martini is a great choice for those who want to switch up their usual cocktail order. It’s a drier option than most tequila cocktails, but still allows the tequila to shine. Plus, it pairs perfectly with Mexican cuisine, making it a great choice for your next taco night. So why not give this unique and delicious cocktail a try?


The history of the tequila martini, also known as the tequini, is a fascinating one. The martini is a classic cocktail that has been around for over a century, and the tequila martini is a Mexican twist on this beloved drink.

Tequila Martini, two glasses with spicy olives.

The origins of the martini are somewhat disputed, with several stories claiming to be the true origin. However, it is generally accepted that the martini was first created in the late 1800s or early 1900s. The classic martini is made with gin and vermouth, garnished with an olive or a twist of lemon peel.

The tequila martini, or tequini, is a variation on the classic cocktail that replaces gin with tequila. The tequila martini is a relatively recent creation, with the first known recipe appearing in a 1989 book called “The Martini Book” by Sally Ann Berk.

How to Make It

tequila martini cocktail chilled and served on a busy bar top with a shallow depth of field and color lights and glasses in the background garnished with a lemon twist

Tequila Martini

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Making a Tequila Martini is a simple process that requires minimal ingredients and equipment.

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Here's how you can make it at home:


  • 2 oz Tequila (preferably aged blue Agave)
  • 1 oz Blanc Vermouth
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 dash Aromatic Bitters
  • Lemon Twist or Olive, for garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add 2 oz of Tequila, 1 oz of Blanc Vermouth, 1/2 oz of Lemon Juice, and 1 dash of Aromatic Bitters into the shaker.
  3. Shake the mixture until it's well-chilled.
  4. Double strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish the Tequila Martini with a lemon twist or olive.


Feel free to experiment with the recipe by adding your own twist to it. You can try using different types of Tequila or Vermouth to create unique flavors. Additionally, you can add different garnishes such as jalapeño or cucumber to add a spicy or refreshing twist to the cocktail.

Remember to serve the Tequila Martini in a chilled glass to ensure that it stays cold and refreshing throughout the serving.

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There are plenty of ways to customize your tequila martini to suit your taste buds. Here are some popular variations to try:

Fruity Mexican Martini

Add a splash of fruit juice or liqueur to your tequila martini for a sweeter, fruitier flavour. Try adding orange liqueur, pineapple juice, or even a splash of cranberry juice for a refreshing twist.

Spicy Tequila Martini

For a spicy kick, add a dash of hot sauce or jalapeno juice to your tequila martini. Garnish with a jalapeno slice or a sprinkle of chilli powder for an extra kick.

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Smoky Mezcal Martini

Swap out the tequila for mezcal, a smokier version of tequila, for a unique twist on the classic martini. Add a dash of orange liqueur and garnish with a lime or lemon twist for a delicious smoky flavour.

Dirty Tequila Martini

Add a splash of olive brine to your tequila martini for a savoury, salty flavour. Garnish with a green olive for the perfect finishing touch.

If you’re not a fan of tequila, you can also try these variations with other spirits like gin or vodka. For an extra caffeine boost, try a tequila espresso martini with a shot of espresso or cold brew coffee. Or, indulge in a chocolate martini with Kahlua and chocolate syrup.

What are some options for making a tequila martini without vermouth?

If you don’t have vermouth or don’t like its taste, you can use other ingredients to make a tequila martini. Some options include using lime juice, orange liqueur, or even grapefruit juice. You can also add a splash of olive brine or use a flavored syrup to add some sweetness to your drink.

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