Tequila doesn’t have to just be served in shots or Margaritas, though it’s fun to riff on that classic, and we’ve included a few variations. See the other side of the beloved spirit with these 11 drinks you can try at home.
Heat things up with this Margarita variation. Fresh lime juice, blanco tequila, orange liqueur and simple syrup combine to make a traditional base that’s spiced up with fresh jalapeño pepper and then cooled down with avocado. Serve in a salt-rimmed glass with a mint sprig.
This spin on a classic brings the Manhattan south of the border. Reposado tequila, sweet vermouth and orange bitters combine to make a drink that’s rich, intriguing and boozy. Garnish with an orange peel for a burst of brightness to round it all out.
Bring out tequila’s softer side with this taste of spring in a cup. Shake tequila, fresh lemon juice, honey syrup, an egg white and lavender bitters until frothy, then strain and garnish with a fresh lavender sprig.
Who says you can’t start your day with a cocktail? This variation on the classic employs orange marmalade along with the traditional tequila, lime, Cointreau and agave for a brunch-friendly drink. Garnish with an orange slice and pair it with pancakes.
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Got a bottle of Midori lying around? Then you should definitely use it to make this cocktail. The melon-flavored liqueur melds with tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, jalapeño and cilantro to make an herbal concoction with just the right amount of heat.
Bring tequila into your brunch with this spin on a classic Bloody Mary. The spirit gives tomato juice and fresh lemon juice a different flavor, while two kinds of hot sauce and a hefty dash of horseradish bring the heat. Garnish with fresh veggies and a little queso fresco to complete the drink.
Sip a little bit of summer. Silver tequila, fresh watermelon, fresh lime juice, agave syrup and jalapeño combine to make a drink that’s light and refreshing any time of year but particularly great when enjoyed in the sunshine.
Don’t let its appearance fool you—this cocktail is delicious enough to make up for the little extra legwork it takes to make it. Homemade black sesame orgeat, blanco tequila, crème de cassis and lime juice are brought over to the dark side with activated charcoal, while an egg white adds texture. Garnish with dehydrated beetroot sugar and enjoy.
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This Margarita twist adds ginger liqueur, fresh orange juice, mint leaves and orange bitters into the usual mix for a fresh-flavored and gently spicy rendition of the drink. Serve in a wine glass and garnish with a mint sprig to emphasize this is no ordinary Margarita.
The Negroni gets a south-of-the-border spin with mezcal subbing in for the usual gin, plus an herbal kick from rosemary-infused Campari. Garnish with grapefruit peel and smoked rosemary sprig to accentuate the mezcal’s smoky flavor.
It’s a classic for a reason. With just three ingredients—tequila, fresh lime juice and grapefruit soda—the Paloma couldn’t be easier to make, and the resulting refresher is ideal for year-round sipping.