Top Tequila Cocktails

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Top Tequila Cocktails

Top Tequila Cocktails

Every tequila-lover will tell you that there’s no substitute for a shot of anejo, accompanied by lemon and salt. However, there are also a range of cocktails that are absolutely dependent on tequila’s potent and pungent taste. Each concoction conjures summery breezes and warm, sultry Mexican nights. Let’s take a look at some essential tequila cocktails that all bartenders should know.


This is the most ubiquitous tequila cocktail in the world. It’s refreshing, uplifting, and the perfect way to while away the hours by the pool. The standard margarita formula has given rise to a range of variations, but nothing can beat the original. Follow the ratio prescription of 2:1:1, mixing lime juice, triple sec and margarita in a stirring glass. Pour all of the ingredients into a salt-rimmed caballito. For the ultimate summer treat, use frozen lime juice for a tangy margarita slushy.

Tequila Sunrise

This is the only way to greet the morning in Jalisco state, home of tequila. Simply combine 120ml of orange juice with 60ml of tequila. Add a splash of grenadine (ideally, 15ml) for some vibrant colour. Pour the grenadine along the inside surface of the highball glass in order to create a layered effect. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a slice of orange.


This is an authentic Mexican cocktail that combines the pungent strength of tequila with the refreshing sourness of grapefruit. It’s light, fruity and refreshing. Take 60ml of blanco or anejo tequila, and combine it with 180ml of grapefruit soda. In order to make the soda, mix a splash of fresh grapefruit juice with some sparkling water. A Paloma should be served in an ice-filled Collins glass, rimmed with salt.

Juan Collins

This is Tom Collins’ cousin from South of the Border! It’s a dry and light drink that works as a great showcase for the complex flavours of top-quality tequila. Remember – the better the quality of the tequila, the better the cocktail! Aim for a smooth silver or resposado. Hornitos Plata, for instance, is affordable and immensely drinkable, perfect for a clear and crisp Juan Collins. Combine three parts tequila with one part fresh lemon juice. Add a teaspoon of superfine sugar and mix well. Top off the mixture with club soda, and garnish with a twist.

Brave Bull

This is a punchy combination of tequila and coffee flavours. It should be served in an Old Fashioned glass with plenty of ice. Many people call this is the Mexican Black Russian. It’s a simple, bold and sensuous drink. Stir 60ml of blanco tequila with 30ml of Kahlua coffee liqueur in a cocktail shaker. Pour the blend into the glass, over shards of ice.


This is another simple tequila concoction that is fruity and delicious. Combine one part tequila blanco with two/three parts pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker. Add the juice from half a lime. Fill the mix with ice, and vigorously shake the ingredients until well-blended. Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass or champagne flute. This is the perfect aperitif for a Mexican-themed dinner party.

If you’re a bartender, learning to make these tantalizing tequila cocktails will earn you a steady following of dedicated fans.