8 Delicious Ways to Drink Tequila

gold tequila , lime and salt on wooden tableWhether you fancy 100 percent agave añejos or are just fine with Jose Cuervo, there are more ways to enjoy your tequila than the traditional day-glo margarita. While there’s a time and a place for this salt-rimmed cocktail – ubiquitous in every Mexican restaurant and cantina — here are eight new ways to enjoy the wonderful nuances of this underrated liquor while quenching your thirst.

Tequila Neat

A no frills option for a well-aged tequila that can be slowly sipped and savored pre-dinner – much like you would a fine scotch or brandy. Best sipped at room temperature. Look for these premium añejos: Pueblo Viejo Orgullo Añejo Tequila, Tributo, Tequila Añejo and Partida Añejo.


This refreshing tequila cocktail is citrusy and full of bright flavors. To make, simply mix:

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup quality tequila
  • 1/4 cup club soda
  • 1 tsp. sugar


This heavenly concoction soothes the soul on a hot day. Mix up equal parts of fresh lime juice and silver tequila and add a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger. Stir in a teaspoon of agave syrup or cane sugar.

Cinnamon Tamarind Margarita

Slightly earthy and slightly spicy, this margarita recipe tastes best with a quality reposado or 100 agave tequila. In a mixing glass, add

  • 2 ounces agave tequila
  • 1 1/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce Cointreau or orange liquor
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounce tamarind juice or concentrate

Fill with ice, shake and strain into a glass. Run wedge of lime over the rim of the glass and dip in a mixture of cayenne pepper, salt and cinnamon.

Tequila-pineapple lemonade

This new twist on an old favorite promises a tangy yet sweet sensation, and it’s a snap to make. In a large pitcher, whisk together a half cup of simple syrup, 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of lime juice, 1 cup of pineapple juice and 1 cup of your favorite tequila.

Spicy chili margarita

Take the poolside margarita to a whole new level with this piquant recipe. In a shaker, add ½ part simple syrup, ½ part fresh lime juice, ¾ part orange liquor, 2 parts aged tequila and 3 slices of muddled red peppers. Shake well and pour over ice. Add a sprig of cilantro for added flavor!

Tequila Sunrise Mimosa

This brunch-friendly cocktail will dazzle your friends, and may become your go-to drink of choice.  Only five ingredients are needed: 1 part tequila, 1 part dry champagne, 2 parts orange juice (blood oranges are even better!) and a splash of grenadine. Garnish with a lemon or orange wedge.

Strawberry & Orange Tequila Fizz

This refreshing drink will transport your senses to the tropical beaches of Mexico and makes for a perfect Cinco de Mayo cocktail!  Muddle four fresh strawberries and a half teaspoon of sugar together in a glass jar. Stir in the juice of a half a lemon, half a lime and one orange. Mix in  half teaspoon of agave syrup and then strain the mixture over a tall glass filled with ice. Add 1 ½ ounces of good tequila and splash of sparkling water.

Additional Tequila Cocktail Resources:

Mexico Reservations


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