Tequila is no stranger to the cocktail scene. Often, cocktails with tequila score high in cocktail-lovers’ minds. Although less versatile than vodka, tequila stars in many different cocktail concoctions. While you might love tequila because of margaritas, there are many other popular mixed drinks made with this spirit. We here at Minibar Delivery LOVE tequila and we are excited to share our knowledge with you! 

You might be wondering…

What differentiates tequila from other spirits? 

In this article, I will discuss tequila, its history, and how mixologists use tequila in mixed drinks.

What is tequila, anyways? 

Tequila, by definition, is a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant. A blue agave plant, which is native to Mexico, is succulent related to the lily family.  The color of tequila can range from clear, which means it is unaged (blanco), to light gold, which means its rested (reposado), to vibrant gold, which means its aged (añejo). The ABVs of tequila range from 35%-40%. 

Did you know…

That legally, there are only 5 Mexican states that can produce Tequila: Jalisco, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, Michoacan, and Nayarit. In fact, 99% of tequila is crafted in Jalisco, home to the town of Tequila (where the spirit got its name!) 

Interestingly, tequila’s history dates back to the Aztecs (250-300 AD). The Aztecs created pulque, a slightly sour tasting alcohol made from the extraction and fermentation of blue agave’s sweet sap. 

Fun Fact:

Aztecs highly revered pulque, utilizing it mainly in religious ceremonies and sacred rituals.  

What is the best way to drink tequila? 

1. Neat 

In Mexico, the most traditional way to drink Tequila is neat at room temperature. Many experts compare the drinking experience to that of sipping and savoring a good scotch. Sipping the beverage neat will allow you to pick up on the spirit’s flavors ranging from zingy citrus to zesty pepper. If you choose to enjoy tequila neat, make sure the tequila is 100% agave.

2. With a Hint of Water 

You might be asking yourself …

“Your saying I should water down my tequila?!” 

Well, no, not exactly. Tequilas that are quite strong (think 80 proof and higher), could benefit from a few drops of water. Adding water to this spirit could help expand its flavors.

3. In a cocktail

The tequila distillation process is quite complex. The region the tequila is sourced and its method of production can alter the taste of the spirit quite dramatically. Additionally, when considering how to best compliment a tequila in a mixed drink, one should consider the spirit’s age. Blanco, joven, reposado, añejo, and extra añejo tequilas have completely different flavor profiles. Some are better sipped neat, while others compliment cocktail ingredients quite well. 

Below we have outlined some of Minibar Delivery’s favorite cocktails with tequila. While we will be sure to include the classics, we have featured some of our unique, show-stopping favorites as well. 

Want to know the best part? 

With Minibar Delivery, you can get ingredients for your favorite tequila cocktails delivered straight to your door in as little as 30-60 minutes. It has never been easier to become the mixologist that you have always dreamed of being. 

What are the best cocktails with tequila?

Classic Margarita

This simple drink requires only three (with an optional fourth) ingredients for the refreshing, cool flavor that makes it the cocktail of choice for thirsty drinkers throughout the world. It can be served shaken with ice, blended with ice, or without ice. Whatever way you take it, it’s sure to be enjoyed.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker and shake
  2. Pour into a salt rimmed glass with ice
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge

Tequila Sangria

Sangria is the easiest drink to make for a group and can be customized based on your fruit preferences. This sangria can be made as a big batch cocktail for any event. Tequila isn’t a typical ingredient in most sangrias, but this drink is far from average.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Muddle fruit slices, tequila, and agave syrup in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Stir in white wine.
  3. Pour into a wine glass with ice.
  4. Top with club soda.

Tequila Mint Refresher

Best enjoyed by the pool or beach, this cocktail will transport you to the vacation of your dreams. This refreshing drink tastes like a light and bubbly margarita.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a glass and stir. Garnish with pear slices.

tequila-cocktail

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

Spice up your favorite cocktail with this twist on a classic. This Spicy Grapefruit Margarita is sure to pair well with your favorite taco for Taco Tuesday.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a saucer, mix salt, chili powder and sugar.
  2. Run a lime wedge along the rim of the glass and then dip into the rim mixture.
  3. Fill glass with ice.
  4. In a cocktail shaker combine tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, jalapeño slices and simple syrup with ice and shake.
  5. Strain into glass.
  6. Garnish with grapefruit.
pink cocktail

Ginger Margarita

 This zesty yet refreshing margarita has officially become a seasonal favorite. Pairing well with anything, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Whether you’re hosting Taco Tuesday or an elegant dinner party the ginger margarita is always a great choice.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Salt the rim of your desired glass
  2. Add tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup to a shaker filled with ice
  3. Shake until chilled
  4. Pour into glass over ice and top with a splash of ginger beer
  5. Garnish with lime wedge

Jasmine Tea Margarita

A light and refreshing spiked tea cocktail that’s perfect for sipping all year round. The mellow, sweet flavors of jasmine are brightened by fresh lime juice for a lightly tart and delicious treat.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Build all ingredients in mason jar over ice and stir.
  2. Garnish with a lime twist and Jasmine flower.

Watermelon Margarita

This refreshing take on a margarita is a perfectly light cocktail for the warmer weather. With just three simple ingredients, this drink is easy to make and delicious to enjoy.

 

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Muddle mint leaves in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice, tequila, watermelon juice, and lime juice, and shake.
  3. Strain into a glass and garnish with mint leaves.
ruby red cocktail with lime in sitting on porch

Are cocktails with tequila not your thing? Try these cocktails with vodka instead!