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6 Tequila Cocktails Worth Sipping

Discover six easy tequila cocktails that go beyond the classic Margarita. Our tequila drink list includes the Paloma and Tequila Sunrise plus some that may be new to you.

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Tequila cocktails are some of our favorite cocktails.

Tequila cocktails stand out from the mixology pack thanks to tequila’s distinctive agave flavor. It’s a flavor familiar to anybody who has sipped a Margarita or two.

It only makes sense. All tequila is made from blue agave plants indigenous to Mexico. The different types of tequila (i.e. Blanco, Reposado and Añejo) reflect the liquor’s aging length as opposed to its ingredients.

Most tequila drinks are crafted with Blanco tequila. Also called white tequila and silver tequila, this clear tequila is often unaged or aged for just a month. Aged Reposado and Añejo tequilas are more appropriate for sipping either with or without ice.

Classic Margarita with Tequila Bottle
Craft cocktails with tequila at home is easy to do.

Like many, Margaritas were our gateway to tequila. Over the years, we’ve imbibed classic Margaritas as well as frozen, spicy and strawberry Margaritas.

We could have stopped there but we didn’t. Instead, we started drinking a variety of tequila cocktails. These are our favorites tequila cocktail recipes to craft at home:

6 Of The Best Tequila Cocktails

Classic Margarita with White Background
Classic Margarita
The classic Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in the world. It's also one of the easiest cocktails to craft at home with just three ingredients and no special bar tools.
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Tequila Sunrise with White Background
Tequila Sunrise
Our Tequila Sunrise recipe is so easy to craft that you'll be sipping your tasty tequila tipple in just a few minutes. In other words, it's not just another Tequila Sunrise recipe. It's a keeper.
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Paloma Cocktail with Pink Background
Paloma
The Paloma tastes like summer in a glass. The refreshing tequila tipple is simultaneously sweet, sour and salty. It's also easy to craft at home regardless of the season.
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Siesta Cocktail with White Background from Above
Siesta
You won't want to take a siesta when you sip a Siesta cocktail. This tequila cocktail is fun and sophisticated with a pink color and complex flavor. Plus, it's so easy to craft at home that you can drink a Siesta and then take one too.
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Ranch Water with White Background
Ranch Water
Ranch Water may not be on your cocktail radar unless you live in Texas. However, this tequila highball cocktail is so easy to craft and refreshing to drink that it may become your favorite summer sipper.
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Spicy Margarita Birdseye View
Spicy Margarita
We're always mad for margaritas but we especially love the Mexican summer sipper with a touch of heat. Follow our easy Spicy Margarita recipe and catch your own case of margarita madness.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is tequila?

Tequila is a distilled Mexican liquor that’s made from blue agave plants.

What are the different types of tequila?

There are three main types of tequila – Blanco, Reposado and Añejo. Blanco (i.e. white or silver) tequila is aged for zero to 1 month before bottled. Reposado tequila is agedfor two months to a year. Añejo tequila is aged for one to three years.

What’s the best way to drink tequila?

Purists prefer to sip tequila neat or on the rocks. Others like to drink tequila in cocktails like Margaritas and Palomas.

What’s the most popular tequila cocktail?

The Margarita is the most popular tequila cocktail. It’s also one of the most popular cocktails period.

What’s the difference between mezcal and tequila?

Tequila is a type of mezcal that’s exclusively made from blue agave plants. In other words, all tequilas are mezcal but not all mezcals are tequila.

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About The Authors

About The Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers their unique taste of the world.

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We purchased the ingredients and tools used to craft these cocktails.

Original Publication Date: March 4, 2023

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