Tequila Makes Great Cocktails

And 14 other Yummy tequila drinks that aren’t margaritas

As we know tequila has a very distinct, strong taste, one that people often try to mask with sweetness (aka the margarita). However, it’s a surprisingly versatile liquor that pairs well with multiple ingredients, and one you can make a lot of really good drinks with it, including tequila which makes great cocktails.  Can you say yummy? I’d rather drink my dessert for sure. These tequila cocktails will not only impress your friends far more than a margarita slushie that you threw together in your blender could but will also make you feel like a true master of the art.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re a fan of the happy go lucky margarita, but variety is the spice of life isn’t it? So why not try something new.  If you find yourself with some fabulous Chula Parranda, don’t waste it on the beachside slushie of cocktails. Get a little inventive and think outside of the frozen margarita machine: Here are recipes for some of the best tequila drinks that aren’t margaritas.

  1. Chocolate Congelado


1.5 oz. Herradura Anejo

1 oz. Mexican bitter chocolate paste

2 dashes Xocolatl bitters

1.5 oz. heavy cream

Method: Place all ingredients excluding the heavy cream into a cocktail shaker filled with cubed ice. Shake hard and strain over ice into a chilled coupe glass. In a separate shaker place the heavy cream and cubed ice, shake hard to aerate then pour carefully over a bar spoon to layer the cream over the coffee. Garnish with a dust of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick. 

  1. Mayan Mule


2 parts Milagro Reposado Tequila

0.5 parts Lime Juice

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

3 parts Ginger Beer

Mint Sprigs and Lime Wheel, for garnish

Method: Place 2-3 ice cubes in a Collins glass. Add freshly squeezed lime juice, Milagro, ginger beer, and bitters. Stir and garnish with mint sprigs and a lime wheel.

  1. The Little Dragon


3/4 ounce Tequila Don Julio Blanco

1/4 ounce Green Pepper Jalapeño Hot Sauce

1/4 ounce Agave nectar

3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

6 ounces Lager

Pinch of Celery Salt 

Method: Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, green pepper jalapeño hot sauce, agave nectar, lime juice, and celery salt into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a highball glass then top with six ounces of lager. Garnish with a lime wheel

  1. The Cherry Smash


1 part Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila

1/3 part JDK & Sons O3 Premium Orange Liqueur

1/4 part agave nectar

2/3 part fresh lime juice

1.5 parts club soda

8 Bing cherries, pitted and stemmed

Method: Rim your glasses; run a lemon wedge around the rim of your glass and dip in sugar. In a shaker filled with ice, combine pomegranate juice, coconut water, Tequila, liqueurs, and lemon juice. Shake and pour into prepared glasses. Garnish with a lemon wedge. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, add fresh pomegranate seeds to the cocktail.

  1. The Texas 2 Step


 1.5 oz. Tequila Don Julio Reposado

.75 oz. Texas grapefruit shrub

.25 oz. Yellow chartreuse

.25 oz Pineapple juice

Squeeze wildflower honey

4 drops fennel bitters

Pinch of Alaskan smoked sea salt


Method: Add ingredients to a glass cocktail shaker. Stir so that the honey is mixed with liquid. Add ice and shake. Pour into a double old fashion glass over fresh ice. [Recipe courtesy of The Smith.]

  1. Pelgroso Sangre


1.5 oz of Peligroso Cinnamon Tequila

.5 oz. of Cointreau

2 oz. of red wine,

1.5 oz of ginger ale

Orange twist (for garnish)

Method: Put all ingredients in a shaker. Shake well. Serve in a chilled cocktail glass.

  1. The Qui Qui


1.5 oz. of Qui Tequila

.5 oz. premier cru de Cognac – Frapin

1 oz. of mango nectar

.5 oz. of fresh-squeezed orange

Splash of triple sec

Splash of fresh lemon and lime

Method: Put all ingredients in a shaker. Shake well. Pour directly into a tall glass. Garnish with a large orange twist

  1. The Veracruzana


2 parts Milagro Reposado

0.75 parts Agave Nectar

1 part Fresh Lime Juice

4 Pineapple Chunks

2 Basil Leaves

Method:  Muddle pineapple and basil leaves in a shaker. Add remaining ingredients and ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with pineapple and basil.

  1. The Spanish Fashion


2 Parts Maestro Dobel

.5 Parts Sweet Vermouth

Dash bitters

Maraschino cherry

Method: Shake and strain. Pour into an iced mixing glass, and garnish with a Maraschino cherry

  1. The Spiced Passion


2 oz. of Peligroso Cinnamon Tequila

3 oz. Horchata

5 oz. of Finest Call Passion Fruit

Cinnamon stick (for garnish)

Method: Put all ingredients in a shaker. Shake well. Serve in a chilled cocktail glass.

  1. The Quibiscus


1.5 oz. Qui Tequila

**3 oz. hibiscus syrup

1 oz. triple sec

5 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon & lime

Method: Shake vigorously. Serve on the rocks with an orange twist.

**For hibiscus syrup (for about 8 drinks): Gather 1 cup of dried hibiscus flower, 3 cups of water, peel of 1 orange, and 1 cup of sugar. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 25 minutes. Let stand for 1 hour off heat. Strain into a carafe or other container. 

  1. The Sangre Maria


 2 oz. Herradura Silver

.5 oz. pickle juice

2 oz. Tomato juice

.5 oz. Orange juice

.5 lemon juice

.5 oz. lime juice

Large bar spoon of horseradish

.5 oz. Cholula sauce

4 large dashes of Tabasco

.5 oz. Worcestershire sauce

.5 oz. red wine


Method: Combine all ingredients together in a large cocktail shaker, stir and strain into a large glass filled with cubed ice. Garnish with a cayenne salted pickle and a lemon wedge.

  1. The Black Diamond

 2 oz. Maestro Dobel Tequila

.5 oz. agave nectar

.5 oz. fresh lime juice

Black salt (for rim)

Method: Rim cocktail glass with black salt. Shake and strain. Pour into an iced mixing glass

  1. The Perfect Paloma


1/4 cup Azuñia Tequila Blanco

1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon sugar

1/4 cup club soda


Dip the rim in salt (if desired.) Combine grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, and sugar in a glass and stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in tequila, add ice, and top off with club soda

  1. The El Diablo


1.5 oz. Tequila Don Julio Blanco

3/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.5 oz. Ginger Syrup*

Ginger Ale for Top

Red Blackcurrant Liqueur for Float

Lime Wheel for Garnish

Method: Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice, ginger syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a Collins glass over ice. 

Top with ginger ale. Float red black currant liqueur. Garnish with a lime wheel.

*To create the ginger syrup, combine 2 parts white sugar an ginger root. Strip off the skin of one ginger root. Place in a vegetable juicer. Add 2 parts white sugar to 1 part ginger juice by volume.