Top 10 Tequila Cocktails To Try

Explore Tequila with these Essential Drinks

There are many tequila cocktails, but only a few that I strongly recommend you try. If your tequila experience has been limited to shots of gold tequila with a lemon and salt, check out this list to expand your horizons.

The beauty of tequila is that the agave flavor brings an earthy, sweet element to drinks that no other liquor can. It is interesting to see how that flavor reacts with a variety of mixers.

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    Margarita on the rocks
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    It goes without saying that the Margarita is the most widely known tequila cocktail. This cocktail is not only delicious as it was originally intended but has had thousands of variations derived from it that are fun to explore.

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    Tequila sunrise cocktail
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    The beauty of the Tequila Sunrise is its extra dimension of flavor. You have the tequila mixed with orange juice for a tart citrus, and then you get the extra fruity sweetness from the grenadine. A beautiful drink that will forever be a favorite.

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    The Tequila Paloma Cocktail Recipe
    A simple and popular tequila cocktail, the Paloma is a fantastic way to enjoy a summer day. Photo Courtesy: Shannon Graham

    Tall and refreshing, this is one of my favorite lazy afternoon tequila mixed drinks. Grapefruit juice and lemon-lime soda are ideal pairings for tequila and this drink is simple to throw together for last minute entertaining.

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    Easy Juan Collins Tequila Cocktail Recipe
    Switch from whiskey to tequila and you have yourself a tall, refreshing Juan Collins. Photo Courtesy: Shannon Graham

    I like to include the Juan Collins in the list of essential tequila cocktails because it shows off a fine tequila in such a wonderful way. I like to use reposado tequilas for this variation on the popular Collins drinks (John Collins, Tom Collins) in which lemon, sugar and club soda allow the spirit to shine through in all its glory.

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    Tequila martini
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    Of course, tequila has found its way into a Martini-like drink in which, rather simply, tequila replaces gin. For this one I strongly recommend using the best blanco tequila you can find because it is the star ingredient and will shine ever-so-bright with the help of the vermouth.

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    Brave Bull Cocktail
    Tequila and Kahlua... so simple, yet so perfect. Enjoy a Brave Bull anytime. Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham

    A little more on the darker side, the Brave Bull skips all the fruity flavors commonly found in tequila drinks, opting for another great flavor pairing, coffee. Very simply, this is a lowball made of tequila and Kahlua on the rocks. Think of it as a Mexican Black Russian.

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    Elegant Envy Cocktail Tequila Recipe
    It's simple, just three ingredients, though this tequila cocktail will be the Envy of the party. Photo Courtesy: Shannon Graham

    Want a little blue in your life? This neat tequila drink is ideal and a wonderful taste of tequila, blue curacao, and pineapple. Shaken and served in a cocktail glass, it is also an elegant addition to any affair.

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    Bloody maria
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    The Bloody Mary is one of the most popular mixed drinks of all time, but have you tried substituting tequila for the vodka? If you're like me and enjoy all things spicy you will not go back to the vodka version because the tequila adds a dimension to the classic, tomato-spice mix that is simply the perfect match.

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    Toronha Cocktail
    Tequila and grapefruit are a fantastic combination and the Toronha cocktail blends the two together for a fantastic frozen treat. Dimitri Otis / Photodisc / Getty Images

    Grapefruit is one of the best flavors to pair with tequila and the Toronto is a fine example of this. I fell in love with this blended drink the first time I tried it and include it here because I want to share the experience.

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    Passion Cocktail
    A recipe for two, the Passion Cocktail is perfect for those who want to bring the Cosmo into the wonderful world of tequila. Matthew Wakem / Photodisc / Getty Images

    You may have noticed by now that many of these essential tequila cocktails are variations on a drink typically made with another base liquor. In this instance, the Passion Cocktail is based on the Cosmopolitan.