Top 10 Tequila Cocktails
by Greg Rutkowski
You can never get enough of tequila.
This popular sister to mezcal has a way of making everyone fall in love and will definitely get you hooked from the very first drink. Apart from the so many drinking options available, tequila boasts of brand backing by celebrities and it has also stood the test of time.
While you can embrace the agave spirit by taking it on its own, it's best known for the margarita. Furthermore, there are so many cocktail recipes that you can make with it as the base ingredient.
If you are contemplating how to embrace agave, this list of top 10 tequila cocktails should be a perfect starting point for you.
You don't have to worry about eye-watering shots that you have to follow with salt and lime. Just sip your tequila cocktails slowly and savor the flavors.
So, here we go!
Who ever talks of tequila cocktails without starting with the famous margarita?
Classic Margarita is by far the most popular and most celebrated tequila cocktail of all times. The simplicity of this beverage is one to die for, not to mention the luxurious feeling that it leaves as it goes down your throat. It is boozy, elegant and perfectly balanced.
You only need three ingredients: blanco tequila, orange liqueur that you prefer and lime juice. Combine them in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice the strain into an ice-filled glass. Once you garnish it with lime, you'll be flying to the moon and back when the Marg touches your lips.
Remember that tequila doesn't need any more sugar because there is in the triple sec for balancing the acidity of lime juice.
Cointreau can also ensure you have a balanced smooth margarita without compromising on the quality of the tequila.
If you like Classic Tequila Margarita, consider giving Mezcal Margarita a try and we guarantee that you'll go bonkers over it too.
If you've ever had a chat about tequila cocktails, then you must have heard of the legendary Paloma. You only need four ingredients and the good news is that you can make it directly in the glass.
To build your Paloma, simply mix blanco tequila or reposado with lime juice, grapefruit soda and salt. It will have a zesty taste. Garnish with salt and a wedge of lime.
We recommend that you use tequila blanco for this drink as it has bold flavors that mingle well with the fruity overtones.
It's most appropriate for refreshment just when the sun comes out.
Are you one of those people who feel rejuvenated just by watching the sun rise early in the morning? That strength and serenity that sunrise bestows upon your soul every new day is akin to what you'll feel when you take in this super cocktail.
Tequila Sunrise got its name from the resemblance of its color gradient to that of sunrise. It was first created in the 1930s in Arizona, but later became popular in the '70s, thanks to the Rolling Stones.
To get the best out of your Tequila Sunrise, pour orange juice and tequila into a Highball glass. Using a spoon, sink grenadine to the bottom of your glass.
Don't stress yourself with mixing, just go ahead and enjoy your drink. If you make the mistake of stirring your tequila cocktail after you add grenadine, you'll end up with a blush pink drink instead of the preferred layers of orange and red.
Garnish with maraschino cherry and include a cocktail umbrella, you'll get a retro feel that makes it taste even better.
If you want something that is both sweet and sour, then this is the best cocktail for you. It comes cold and refreshing, with a creamy froth on top. Are you wondering how sweet and sour can coexist in the same sentence?
In a cocktail shaker, just shake up tequila, fresh lime juice, egg white, simple syrup, and then boom! Your Tequila Sour is ready to go down your itchy throat.
Remember, for you to get the perfect balance between tart and sweet, you have to shake it until it's thick and creamy. If you are not keen on retaining the fresh lime flavor and pale green color, feel free to be creative by adding in some cocktail bitters.
One secret that many bartenders won't let you into is this: Beat the egg whites to form a thickened aerated froth just through shaking; pass the ice. This is called the dry shake.
It's best suited for occasions when you want a lively and fun mood.
If you've ever made Moscow Mule, just give it a spicy twist using the world-famous tequila alongside sliced jalapeño to make Mexican Mule.
Another special ingredient here is ginger beer. Homemade ginger beer never runs out of fashion, and it's super easy to make. It's common knowledge in the spirits business that tequila and lime are the best of friends, but how about tequila and ginger beer? You'll never find out if you don't try it out.
Mexican Mule is perfect for the upcoming warmer weather, and it can be taken alongside any Mexican dish of your choice. A classic copper mug is the best for serving this drink, but you can use an old glass if you still don't have one.
Just pour a shot of tequila over ice and shake, squeeze lime, add ginger bear and garnish with a lime wedge. Simple as such!
Here are some tips to make your drink stand out: First, the spicier the ginger beer, the better. Secondly, have your lime juice freshly squeezed. Lastly, añejo tequila is the best but you can use any type of tequila.
Ever since Negroni found its way into the industry, it has gradually risen to the list of bartenders' most preferred cocktail ingredients. The original Negroni whisky uses gin as the base ingredient, but those who love tequila can also find a way of getting the best out of their favorite spirit.
You can simply use sweet vermouth and Campari or add ginger shrub and blood orange if you prefer extra freshness.
With tequila, you won't need to worry about the bitterness of the Campari in your drink, as it will add some agave nectar without messing up your Negroni's flavor
Wait, have you ever tasted the smoky Mezcal Negroni? If not, then you can also try it out and compare it with Tequila Negroni. You never know which one would be more pleasant to your taste buds!
With the fame of Texan ranches, I believe you aren't shocked to discover that Ranch Water is a Texas staple. It is made by the people, to be taken in a manner that suits the people. Ooops! That sounds philosophical. But yes, it's the perfect truth.
If you are on a road trip in West Texas or you simply want to busk in the sun on a hot summer day, Ranch Water would not only be refreshing, but it would also save your precious time since it's super easy to concoct.
Every rancher can confess that once you have a soul tie with this cocktail, it's not so easy to fall out of love with it.
It's a combination of blanco tequila, Topo Chico, and lime juice. It's more of a lighter version of Classic Margarita but with less sweetness and booze.
Serve this highball tequila cocktail in a Topo Chico bottle; that will make your work easier and you won't worry about too careful. One more thing, don't waste this cocktail by drinking it in chilly weather. Unleash it only on the hottest summer days and you'll appreciate it to bits.
Do you like Bloody Mary? Well, if yes, then Bloody Maria would surely get space in your heart too! If you've never tasted it, then allow us to introduce this darling whisky to you.
Bloody Maria is the Mexican cousin to Bloody Mary, replacing vodka with tequila. The basic ingredients are tequila, tomato juice, lemon juice, pepper and Worcestershire sauce, with an addition of chocolate-chili bitters.
Long Island Iced Tea
If you need advice on the best party punch, go the Long Island Iced Tea way. We must warn you, however, that this tequila cocktail is only for those with the spirit of adventure and not for the faint hearted.
It's made by combining vodka, tequila, rum, gin and triple sec in equal parts. That sounds crazy, right? It's more like the exact recipe for an explosion instead of a popular concoction.
Well, it would surprise you to know that it miraculously works and the overall flavor is not too strong but rather smooth in a special way. Instead of wracking your brains trying to get the science behind it, just take it for what it is.
You can add some fresh lemon juice for a special touch and even pool the boozy ingredients down from 3/4 to 1/2 ounce, while leaning in on the cola. This would be more practical if you are making one for your consumption at home.
The secret is to fill several jugs at once so that guests can help themselves. If you run out of booze, just follow the simple process to top up.
Tequila Lime Mojitarita Cocktail
Are you confused on whether to have the rum-based mojito or classic margarita? Worry no more. This is one of the rare cases where you can chase two birds at a time and still catch both.
If you didn't know that a mojito and a margarita can be married to give birth to a mojitarita, then now you know. This tequila cocktail is perfect for a time when you are craving for an adult drink that is both cool and refreshing.
Mojito and Margarita both contain fresh lime juice in abundance. As you must have realized while reading this article, lime juice and tequila are just so perfect together, more like bread and butter.
You'll be sure to get both the overpowering aroma of fresh mint and the tangy taste of lime flavor. It should have a little sweetness to balance the acidity. You can use plain granulated sugar to make your tequila lime barely sweet.
Did you make any of these Cocktail recipes?
Tequila is a household name and undoubtedly the most popular spirit from agave nectar.
It is also versatile, just like mescal, and most new drinkers confuse the two.
Tequila is delicious on its own, but it gets better depending on how creative you are to try more classic cocktail options. Play around with the ingredients as well as the proportions, and you'll realize you've been missing out on easy tequila re
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