Welcome to the Tequila Cocktails Recipe Guide

Here you will find the world’s most popular and easy to make cocktails with tequila.

Tequila cocktails tend to be strong. You might have heard:

“One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, FLOOR! Five tequila, Six tequila, Seven tequila, MORGUE!”.

Tequila is certainly not for the faint-hearted and can cause a serious hangover. Click here to go to our Hangover Cures Guide.

Tequila is often consumed neat as a shooter and as you might know, it is the perfect medicine to get a party going. Click here for our Tequila Shooter Recipes Guide.

Apart from all the shooters, there are also many tequila cocktails using it as base ingredient.

Tequila is made primarily in and around the Mexican town of Jalisco. The Margarita is probably the best known and most widely drank tequila cocktail. It is usually served in a cocktail glass (sometimes referred to as a “Margarita” glass), with a salt frosted rim.

The most common types are white (or “silver”) and gold tequila. Generally it does not matter which one you use in your cocktails. You might also come across “tequila 100% Agave”. This is a better quality, but also a more expensive type of tequila.


TIP: Check out our Cocktail Mixing Guide for an explanation of the terms used on this page.

Here are recipes of tequila cocktails carefully selected by Cocktail Mixing Master:

ACAPULCO COCKTAIL

Ingredients:
Ice cubes ice
1 part tequila (gold preferred)
1 part rum (gold preferred)
1 part grapefruit juice
1 part pineapple juice

Glass:Highball

Preparation:Shake the ingredients and strain into the ice-filled glass.

Garnish:Usually none


HELL SHOT
This cocktail is also known as Hurricane Harry. It is from the USA and was submitted by Patrick Lockwood

Ingredients:
Ice cubes ice
2 shots tequila
Tabasco
Bacardi 151 Rum
Pepper

Glass:Highball or Rock

Preparation:Pour two ounces tequila into rock or high ball glass, little or no ice. Add a splash of tabasco and a dash of pepper. Stir and float the Barcardi 151 Rum.

Garnish:Lime


Cocktail margarita

MARGARITA*

This is probably the best-known tequila cocktail in the world.

Ingredients:
Crushed ice
3 parts tequila
1 part lime juice, freshly squeezed if possible
1 part triple sec

Glass:Cocktail

Preparation:Blend or shake the ingredients. Frost the rim of the glass with salt, add two ice cubes and pour the mixture in. Be careful not to disturb the frosted rim.

Garnish:Lemon or lime wedge.

A variation is to shake the ingredients and add cubes of fresh fruit to make a “Fruit Margarita”.


Tequila sunrise

TEQUILA SUNRISE*

Another classic which has become something of an unofficial national drink in Mexico.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts tequila
5 parts orange juice
0.5 parts grenadine syrup

Glass:Highball

Preparation:Pour the tequila and orange juice into an ice filled glass. Pour the syrup slowly around the top of the glass close to the side so that it slowly runs down the side, to create the effect of “sunrise”.

Garnish:Cocktail cherry on a stick.


TEQUILA SUNSET

A sweet and sour drink with a honey flavour.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts tequila
2 parts lemon juice
0.5 parts sugar syrup
0.5 parts honey

Glass:Highball

Preparation:Shake the ingredients. Frost the rim of the glass with sugar, fill it with ice and strain the ingredients into glass. Be careful not to disturb the frosted rim.

Garnish:Usually served ungarnished.


ACAPULCO

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
1 part tequila
1 part rum
1 part grapefruit juice
2 parts pineapple juice

Glass:Highball

Preparation:Shake the ingredients and strain into an ice-filled glass.

Garnish:Usually served ungarnished.


long island iced tea

LONG ISLAND ICED TEA*

This drink can equally go under the Vodka, Rum or Gin Cocktail Recipe Guides as it contains all of these ingredients. Although it has a lot of ingredients, it remains easy to make without the need for any unusual ingredients.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
1 part vodka
1 part tequila
1 part rum
1 part triple sec
1 part gin
2 parts lemon juice
3 parts sugar syrup
Dash of cola

Glass:Highball

Preparation: Add all ingredients into the glass filled with ice and stir it gently. Serve with a straw.

Garnish:Lemon wheel, twist or spiral.


TNT

“Tequila ‘N Tonic”. A potent number.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts tequila
0.5 parts lime or lemon juice
Tonic water

Glass:Lowball

Preparation: Gently stir the ingredients (excluding the tonic water) with a few ice cubes and strain into the glass. Top up with tonic water.

Garnish:Lemon twist or spiral.


HAZY LAZY DAYS

Straight forward, in true Cocktail Mixing Master style.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts tequila
3 parts pineapple juice

Glass:Martini

Preparation: Shake the ingredients ice cubes and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Slice of pineapple or ungarnished.



Check in frequently as we update and expand the cocktail recipes often.


*Cocktails marked with an * are official International Bartenders Association (IBA) cocktails. In some cases the recipes here do not correspond exactly with that of the IBA.

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