Tequila is a spirit that has been around for centuries, with its origins tracing back to Mexico. It is a distilled beverage that is made from the blue agave plant, and it has become a staple in many bars and homes around the world.
Tequila is a versatile spirit that can be enjoyed in many ways, whether it is sipping it neat, taking shots, or mixing it in a cocktail.
Craft tequila cocktails have become increasingly popular in recent years, as bartenders experiment with different ingredients to create unique and flavorful drinks.
These cocktails are made using high-quality tequila, fresh juices, and other ingredients that enhance the flavor and aroma of the spirit.
Craft tequila cocktails are not just drinks, they are works of art. Bartenders take great care in crafting each cocktail, from selecting the perfect tequila to garnishing the drink with fresh herbs and fruits.
These cocktails are not just delicious, they are also visually stunning, with vibrant colors and creative garnishes that make them stand out.
Craft tequila cocktails are not just for special occasions or fancy bars, they can be enjoyed at home too. With a few simple ingredients and some creativity, anyone can make a delicious tequila cocktail that will impress their friends and family.
Whether you are a tequila aficionado or just looking to try something new, craft tequila cocktails are a must-try.
1. Cactus Cooler
The Cactus Cooler Tequila Cocktail is a refreshing and unique twist on the traditional Cactus Cooler. Instead of using mandarin vodka, this recipe calls for Altos Tequila, which adds a smooth and authentic Mexican flavor to the drink. The tequila is shaken with zesty orange, tangerine, and lime juices, tart cranberry juice, and triple sec before being topped off with lemon-lime soda.
The cocktail is garnished with a tangerine slice and fresh mint, which adds a delightful aroma and flavor to the drink. This cocktail is perfect for those who want to try something new and exciting, while still enjoying the classic flavors of Mexico.
2. Aperol Tequila Twist
The Aperol Tequila Twist is a craft tequila cocktail that is perfect for any season. It is a tangy and bittersweet drink that blends tequila with Aperol, grapefruit juice, orange juice, orange bitters, and maple syrup. The absence of lemon and lime makes it unique and the colorful appearance makes it a visually appealing drink.
This cocktail is perfect for those who want to try something different and are looking for a refreshing and flavorful drink. It is a great option for parties and gatherings as it can be served in a glass or bottled up and kept cool over ice. The Aperol Tequila Twist is a must-try for anyone who loves craft cocktails and wants to explore the world of tequila beyond the traditional shots.
3. Tequila Old Fashioned
Tequila Old Fashioned is a unique twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail. This smooth and sippable cocktail is made with aged añejo tequila, which gives it a distinct south-of-the-border flavor. With only five ingredients, this cocktail is easy to make and perfect for tequila lovers who want to try something new.
While some may think that the classic Old Fashioned cannot be improved upon, this tequila-based version may just change your mind. It's a must-try for anyone looking to expand their cocktail repertoire. So, if you're a tequila lover, be sure to check out this recipe and all of our other tequila drink recipes in our archives.
4. Grapefruit Tequila Cocktail
The Grapefruit Tequila Cocktail is a sophisticated and unique craft cocktail that is sure to impress your guests. Made with silver tequila, Campari, and grapefruit, this cocktail is a refreshing twist on the classic margarita. The addition of freshly grated cinnamon on top of the egg white foam adds a spicy aroma and taste that perfectly complements the other ingredients.
While the recipe calls for egg white, there is an alternative option using aquafaba for those who prefer not to use eggs. Overall, the Grapefruit Tequila Cocktail is a delicious and impressive addition to any cocktail menu.
5. Strawberry Tequila Fizz
The Strawberry Tequila Fizz is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that is perfect for a hot summer day. Made with silver tequila, lime juice, and fresh strawberries, this cocktail has a tart and sweet flavor that is balanced out by the addition of club soda. The cocktail is served over ice and garnished with a ripe strawberry, making it a visually appealing drink as well.
This cocktail is a great option for those who are looking for a tequila-based drink that is not too strong, as the silver tequila is smooth and does not overpower the other flavors. Overall, the Strawberry Tequila Fizz is a delicious and easy-to-make cocktail that is sure to impress your guests at any summer gathering.
6. Classic Margarita
The Classic Margarita is a timeless and beloved cocktail made with just three ingredients – tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. It's a shaken sour cocktail that hits the perfect balance of sweet and sour, with the earthy flavor of agave shining through.
The optional salt rim adds a briny touch that complements the flavors of the cocktail perfectly. It's a perfect cocktail for any occasion, and a must-try for any tequila lover.
7. Tequila Sage Smash
The Tequila Sage Smash is a refreshing and savory twist on a classic smash cocktail. The bold flavors of tequila are brought to life with the subtle kiss of sage, lime juice, and orange. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a spirit-forward drink, and can be made with any type of tequila, from silver to añejo.
The use of a muddler to extract the flavor from the sage leaves is key, but be careful not to over-muddle and turn the drink bitter. A cocktail strainer and large ice sphere mold are also recommended for the perfect presentation. Overall, the Tequila Sage Smash is a must-try for those looking for a unique and flavorful craft tequila cocktail.
8. Pineapple Jalapeño Infused Tequila
If you're looking for a unique and flavorful twist on your traditional margarita, the Pineapple Jalapeño Infused Tequila is a must-try. This tequila infusion is made by combining fresh pineapple and jalapeño with tequila and allowing it to steep for a few days.
The result is a tequila with a subtle sweetness from the pineapple and a slight kick of heat from the jalapeño. This infusion is perfect for adding an extra layer of flavor to your margaritas or any other tequila-based cocktail. So, if you're a fan of tequila and looking to spice up your cocktail game, give the Pineapple Jalapeño Infused Tequila a try.
The Paloma is a classic Mexican cocktail made with tequila, grapefruit soda, fresh lime juice, and a touch of agave nectar. It's refreshing, easy to make, and perfect for any occasion.
The tequila blanco used in the recipe adds a fruity note that complements the grapefruit soda perfectly. Garnishing the cocktail with a salt rim and a twist of lime adds an extra layer of flavor and makes for a beautiful presentation. The Paloma is a must-try for any tequila lover.
10. El Diablo
El Diablo is a classic tequila cocktail made with ginger beer, citrus juice, and tequila, with the addition of creme de cassis.
The cassis adds a fruity sweetness that balances out the spiciness of the ginger beer, making it a refreshing and easy-to-drink cocktail. It's perfect for sipping on a hot summer day and a great addition to any craft tequila cocktail recipe collection.
11. Healthy Paloma Cocktail
If you're looking for a refreshing and healthy tequila cocktail, the Healthy Paloma Cocktail is the perfect choice. Made with tequila, tart lime juice, and either soda water or grapefruit soda, this drink strikes the perfect balance between sweet and sour. It's a versatile cocktail that can be customized to your liking by adding simple syrup or rimming the glass with salt or sugar.
The best part? You can make it "skinny" by using fresh grapefruit and lime juice and soda water instead of grapefruit soda. The Healthy Paloma Cocktail is not only delicious but also a healthier option compared to other tequila cocktails. So, if you want to impress your guests with a tasty and refreshing drink, give the Healthy Paloma Cocktail a try.
12. Tequila Sunrise Mimosa
The Tequila Sunrise Mimosa is a delightful twist on the classic brunch cocktail. Made with tequila, champagne, orange juice, and grenadine, this cocktail is easy to make and absolutely stunning to look at. The addition of tequila gives it a unique flavor profile that will leave you wanting more.
Whether you prefer white or gold tequila, this cocktail can be customized to your personal taste. While it can be made by the pitcher, it's best served fresh to retain the bubbles in the champagne. If you're a fan of mimosas, this recipe is definitely worth trying.
13. Hibiscus Paloma
The Hibiscus Paloma is a refreshing and floral tequila cocktail that is perfect for summer days. The tart grapefruit and lime juices are well balanced with the sweet and floral hibiscus simple syrup, creating a lightly fruity and refreshing drink. This cocktail is a great way to use up any leftover hibiscus syrup you may have from other recipes.
To make the perfect Hibiscus Paloma, use your favorite tequila, such as Don Julio or Patron, and mix it with the hibiscus syrup and grapefruit juice. This cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves tequila-based drinks and is looking for a new and exciting recipe to try.
14. Paloma Cocktail
The Paloma Cocktail is a refreshing and easy-to-make tequila drink that's perfect for any occasion. This classic Mexican cocktail is a cousin of the margarita, but with a twist of grapefruit instead of lime, making it a simple sour that's sweet, tart, and refreshing.
Traditionally made with grapefruit soda, this version uses fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, lime juice, and soda water for a perfectly balanced taste. The salt rim adds an extra layer of flavor and texture. For a unique twist, try it with mezcal. The Paloma Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and easy-to-make tequila cocktail.
15. The Spicy Matador Cocktail
"The Spicy Matador Cocktail" is a fiery twist on the classic Matador Cocktail, perfect for those who love a little heat in their drinks. This craft tequila cocktail is made with homemade jalapeno-infused tequila, which adds a spicy kick to the drink.
The heat is balanced out by the sweetness of pineapple juice and the tartness of fresh lime juice. This cocktail is traditionally served on the rocks, but can also be enjoyed straight up after a good shake. If you're looking for a unique and flavorful tequila cocktail, "The Spicy Matador" is definitely worth trying.
The Siesta is a fun and sophisticated craft tequila cocktail that blends five ingredients to create a complex flavor profile. Its festive pink color provides a vibrant visual escape while the cocktail's combination of bitter, sweet, and citrus flavors provides complexity.
The Siesta is a perfect cocktail for those who want to try something new and exciting. The drink is easy to craft at home, and its ingredients are readily available at your local market and liquor store. The Siesta is a must-try cocktail for anyone who loves tequila and Campari.
17. Tequila and Tonic
The Tequila and Tonic is a refreshing and tart cocktail that combines white tequila with tonic water and fresh lime juice.
Despite the two and a half ounces of tequila, the tonic water balances out the drink and makes it a nice long drink. It's perfect for those who don't enjoy overly sweet drinks and is a great choice for any occasion.
18. Blackberry Tequila Spritzer
The Blackberry Tequila Spritzer is a complex and refreshing cocktail that is perfect for those looking for a unique and flavorful drink. This cocktail is a combination of citrusy agave notes, juicy blackberries, and a strong kick of lime. The addition of a red wine float adds texture and depth to the drink, making it all the more engaging.
The type of wine used can have a big impact on the final cocktail, so it's important to choose one that complements your preferred flavor profile. Overall, the Blackberry Tequila Spritzer is a must-try for any tequila lover looking for a fun and flavorful twist on a classic cocktail.
19. Anejo Tequila Cobbler
The Anejo Tequila Cobbler is a modern twist on an old-fashioned Sherry Cobbler. It's a liquor-forward cocktail that blends citrusy flavors with the rich caramel and vanilla notes of Anejo Tequila.
Made with only four ingredients, it's easy to make and perfect for sipping on a hot summer day or enjoying with friends at a party. If you're a fan of Anejo Tequila, then you will love this refreshing and delicious cocktail.
20. Smoky Mezcal Paloma
Looking for a unique twist on the classic paloma cocktail? Look no further than the Smoky Mezcal Paloma! This craft tequila cocktail features mezcal, a smoky and distinct spirit made from the agave plant, and is infused with jalapeño simple syrup for a spicy kick.
The addition of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and sparkling water make for a refreshing and easy-to-drink cocktail, while a chipotle smoked salt rim adds an extra layer of flavor. If you're a fan of smoky and spicy flavors, this cocktail is a must-try.
The Margarita is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed for decades. Made with tequila, lime juice, and a touch of sweetness, this cocktail is perfect for any occasion. Whether you prefer it on the rocks or blended, with or without salt, the Margarita is a versatile drink that can be customized to your liking.
With its refreshing citrus flavor and smooth finish, it's no wonder why the Margarita is a fan favorite. So, if you're looking for a craft tequila cocktail that is both easy to make and delicious, the Margarita is a must-try.
22. Anejo Sidecar
The Anejo Sidecar is a twist on the classic Sidecar cocktail, made with Anejo tequila instead of cognac. Aged in oak barrels for a year, Anejo tequila has a light smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the triple sec and the tartness of the lemon juice.
Served in a coupe glass or a smaller stemmed cocktail glass, the Anejo Sidecar is a sophisticated and impressive cocktail that's definitely worth trying.
23. Pomegranate Paloma
The Pomegranate Paloma is a delicious twist on the classic Paloma cocktail that is perfect for fall. This craft tequila cocktail is made with pomegranate arils, grapefruit juice, tequila, and club soda. The addition of pomegranate gives the drink a slightly tart and sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with the tequila and grapefruit.
The cocktail is double strained into a tall Collins glass filled with fresh ice and topped with club soda for a little fizz. The garnish of a grapefruit wedge adds a nice touch to the presentation. If you're looking for a refreshing and unique craft tequila cocktail to try, the Pomegranate Paloma is definitely worth a taste.
24. Meyer Lemon & Rosemary Margarita
The Meyer Lemon & Rosemary Margarita is a refreshing and unique twist on the classic margarita. Made with sweet and tart Meyer lemons and infused with a rosemary simple syrup, this cocktail is perfect for sipping on a warm spring day. The combination of sweet and salty rim garnish with a small but distinct rosemary flavor complements the bright and crisp lemon citrus flavor of the drink.
The fragrance of the rosemary is lovely and adds an earthy pine fragrance to the cocktail. This lemon margarita on the rocks recipe is easy to make and perfect for entertaining guests. The Meyer Lemon & Rosemary Margarita is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and refreshing craft tequila cocktail.
25. Cinnamon Grapefruit Tequila Sour
The Cinnamon Grapefruit Tequila Sour is a refreshing and cozy tequila cocktail that features grapefruit and cinnamon syrup.
The foam created by the egg white or aquafaba gives the cocktail a luxurious texture and the cinnamon stick garnish adds a beautiful presentation. This cocktail is perfect for any occasion and is definitely worth a try for anyone who loves tequila and craft cocktails.
26. Smoky Tequila and Beet Bramble
The "Smoky Tequila and Beet Bramble" is a unique cocktail that is sure to impress any tequila lover. This craft cocktail takes the classic bramble and gives it a twist by replacing gin with a spritz of Mezcal and a blanco tequila.
The addition of beet and blueberry juice adds a touch of sweetness and ties all the flavors together. The cocktail is finished with a drizzle of Creme de Cassis and blackberries for a sharp citrus taste. This cocktail is truly one of a kind and is perfect for those looking to try something new and exciting.
27. Raspberry Passion Fruit Tequila Sour
Looking for a unique and exotic tequila cocktail? Look no further than the Raspberry Passion Fruit Tequila Sour. This vibrant, vermillion cocktail combines the tart and exotic flavors of passion fruit with the sweet and sour notes of fresh raspberries and a homemade vanilla bean syrup, all balanced perfectly with tequila.
Whether you're a margarita lover or just looking for something new, this cocktail is sure to impress. And with the option to substitute aged reposado or anejo tequila for the blanco tequila, you can customize the flavor to your liking. Don't miss out on this delicious and refreshing craft tequila cocktail.
28. Pineapple Margarita
The Pineapple Margarita is a perfect blend of fruity flavors with a spicy Tajin rim. This cocktail is a refreshing twist on the classic margarita, with the addition of pineapple juice that gives it a tropical flavor. The Tajin seasoning on the rim adds a spicy kick to balance out the sweetness of the pineapple juice.
The best tequila for this cocktail is a blanco or silver tequila, and the recommended brand is Espolòn Blanco. If you're looking for a refreshing and flavorful cocktail to enjoy during the summer, the Pineapple Margarita is definitely worth trying.
29. Pomegranate Margarita
The Pomegranate Margarita is a must-try cocktail for anyone who loves a sweet and tangy twist to their classic margarita. This craft tequila cocktail recipe is perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any festive occasion. The cocktail features a perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors, with the addition of pomegranate juice.
The rim of the glass is salted, adding a savory touch to the drink. The Pomegranate Margarita is easy to make and is guaranteed to please your guests. So, if you're looking for a refreshing and delicious cocktail to serve at your next party, give the Pomegranate Margarita a try!
30. Italian Margarita
The Italian Margarita is a craft tequila cocktail that combines tequila, amaretto, lime juice, and orange juice for a refreshing and sweet taste. The addition of amaretto adds a nutty and sweet flavor, while the orange juice complements the lime juice perfectly.
The unique shape of the margarita glass adds to the overall experience of drinking this cocktail. It's a must-try for anyone looking for a unique twist on the classic margarita.
31. Tequila Strawberry Basil Cocktail
The Tequila Strawberry Basil Cocktail is a refreshing and delicious summer drink that should definitely be on your list of must-try cocktails. Made with fresh strawberries, lime juice, and basil leaves, this cocktail is perfect for sipping on a hot day. The addition of tequila and carbonated water gives it a fun and boozy twist, making it a great choice for a summer party or BBQ.
The combination of sweet strawberries and fragrant basil is a match made in heaven, and the fizz from the carbonated water adds a fun and playful element to the drink. Overall, the Tequila Strawberry Basil Cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves a good tequila cocktail and wants to enjoy the flavors of summer in a glass.