25 Top Tequila Cocktails

Here are the top tequila cocktails! These drinks have something for everyone, from the classic margarita to the Mexican mule, tequila sunrise, and more.

Tequila cocktail in glass with lime wedge and salt rim.

Got a bottle of tequila to use up? Tequila is quickly becoming one of the best selling liquors in America. It’s best known for the margarita, but tequila is extremely versatile and stars in many classic cocktails.

This Mexican liquor made from the agave plant is at home in classic drinks like the margarita, Paloma, and Mexican mule. But it’s equally as tasty in a 1920’s style sour cocktail like the Tequila Sour, or a Bloody Maria, a spin on the Bloody Mary. With so many tasty mixed drinks to try…let’s start mixing! Want to start simple? Try these 2 Ingredient Tequila Drinks.

And now: the top tequila cocktails to try!

Types of tequila

The secret to the best tequila cocktails? Buy a good tequila! A cocktail is only as good as the alcohol you use. Look for a mid-price range tequila (or a high end one, if your budget allows). You can buy either blanco or reposado, depending on the drink. Here’s the difference between these types of tequila and when to use them:

  • Tequila blanco (or “new” tequila) has been aged less than 2 months and has a strong, straightforward flavor. Use in easy drinks like the Tequila Sunrise or Frozen Margarita.
  • Tequila reposado (“rested” in Spanish) is aged longer, from 2 to 12 months. It has a more nuanced flavor, with notes of oak and vanilla. Use in classy drinks like the Classic Margarita or Cadillac Margarita.


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Combine tequila and grapefruit and you’ve got the classic Mexican paloma cocktail! Here’s how to make this tangy and refreshing drink.

  • 2 ounces tequila blanco
  • 2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce soda water
  • Flaky sea salt and grapefruit wedge, for the garnish

  1. Cut a notch in the grapefruit wedge, then run the grapefruit around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of flaky sea salt.
  2. To the glass, add the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, syrup and stir until combined.
  3. Fill the glass with ice (clear ice if you want to get fancy!). Top with soda water and serve!
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Tequila Cocktails, Tequila Drinks

More types of cocktails

There are so many more great cocktail recipes to try! Here are some of our best drink collections:

  • Sour Cocktails All the very best sours: Whiskey Sour, Sidecar, even the Margarita and Mojito.
  • Vodka Cocktails Try the greats: Gimlet, Cosmo, and more.
  • Gin Cocktails All the classics: Gin Fizz, Tom Collins, Gin & Tonic, and more!
  • Bourbon Cocktails Try these bourbon greats, like the Old Fashioned and Manhattan.
  • Campari Cocktails Unique spins like the Boulevardier and Negroni Sbagliato, classics like the Negroni.
  • Highball Cocktails Easy to drink and even easier to make!
  • Cointreau Cocktails All the great drinks using this orange liqueur.
  • Champagne Cocktails These cocktails are light and bubbly! Perfect for celebration.
  • Cranberry Cocktails Cranberry cocktails are so refreshing, like Vodka Cranberry and Sea Breeze.
  • Frozen Alcoholic Drinks Cool off with Frose or Frozen Sangria.