Since everybody has different preferences when it comes to drinks, knowing how to make a few cocktails with tequila is a good idea for anyone who likes to entertain. There are many, many beverages that make delicious use of tequila, but you can’t possibly memorise how to make them all, which is why it’s never a bad idea to perfect a few so that you are always ready to serve your guests an enjoyable drink.
Cocktails with Tequila
There is a huge variety of tequila available, including gold and silver so it’s fun to experiment a little bit and figure out which cocktails you’re good at making and which ones you like. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on tequila, but you also get what you pay for so don’t buy bottom of the barrel brands. Here are some classic tequila cocktails to get started with.
Perhaps one of the most iconic tequila drinks, the tequila sunrise is relatively easy to put together and makes for a party-worthy presentation. Start by pouring 1 ½ ounces of tequila and 3 ounces of orange juice over ice in a tall cocktail glass. Gently add 1 ounce of grenadine syrup to the glass. Do not stir. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.
This is a twist on a classic martini but is made with tequila instead of gin or vodka. It’s a nice alternative to impress guests or to expand your cocktail repertoire. Fill a mixing glass with ice, then pour in 1 ½ ounces of tequila, a ½ ounce of dry vermouth, and a dash of bitters. Stir well and strain the drink into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon and a green olive.
Here’s a refreshing and tart drink that is ideal for serving on the patio with a dish of burritos or tacos or just as a sundowner in the summer. It’s very simple to make and has only two ingredients. Fill a cocktail glass with ice and add 1 ounce of tequila and 3 ounces of grapefruit juice. Stir well. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge just before serving.
Acapulco de Noche
This smooth frosty drink is perfect for summertime parties and the presentation makes it really stand out. To start, run a fresh orange slice around the rim of a cocktail glass and dip in sugar. Chill. In a cocktail shaker, mix together three ounces light tequila, 1 ½ ounces of white rum, 8 ounces of orange juice, and a few ice cubes. Pour the mixture, including the ice, into chilled glasses and garnish with orange slices.
You’ve probably heard of the classic Moscow Mule, but this version puts a Mexican twist on an old favourite. Start by filling a traditional copper mule mug with ice. Add 2 ounces of blanco tequila, followed by a ½ ounce of Cointreau, a ½ ounce fresh lime juice, and 4 ounces of cold ginger beer. Stir well and garnish with lime wedges and jalapeno slices. This drink is ideal for pairing with spicy Mexican food and is a fun way to entertain guests at your home.
This twist on the iconic Bloody Mary is sure to impress guests and is a fun drink to mix up. It’s great for brunch or a hot afternoon in the garden. To make the drink, place a sprig of rosemary, a slice of cucumber, and a jalapeno wedge in a cocktail shaker and muddle them together. Add 1 ½ ounces of silver tequila, 3 ounces tomato juice, a ½ ounce lemon juice, a ½ ounce orange juice, a dash of salt, and Worcestershire sauce to taste. Shake well and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and rosemary sprigs.