16 Favorite Tequila Cocktails
Tequila — you know it as an essential ingredient in margaritas. This Mexican spirit is one of the most popular liquors worldwide. We've rounded some our favorite popular tequila cocktails, rated and reviewed by home cooks like you. While margaritas reign supreme here, you'll find classic cocktails that go beyond margaritas along the way. Serve up these summertime drinks at your cinco de mayo gathering, or simply sip them from your back porch. No matter where you are, these cocktails will put you somewhere on a beach. Read on for 16 tequila cocktails that make the most of this spirit.
"These have, without a doubt, become my go-to 'bring to a party' drink. Every time I whip these things up, I hear nothing but ooo's and aaa's. And they are SUPER easy," says reviewer bird512. Many reviewers suggest using a Mexican lager.
Tequila Sunrise Cocktail
"I think this is the ONLY way to make blended margaritas! They taste SO MUCH better than those made with mix from the bottle," says reviewer KDA949. Frozen limeade concentrate, tequila, and triple sec are all you need for these frozen margs.
Grilled Grapefruit Paloma Cocktail
"Here's a fired up twist on a traditional Mexican cocktail," says recipe creator foodelicious. "You'll grill the grapefruit and lime to caramelize the fruit and give the juice a subtle smoky edge. Stir it up with tequila or mescal and top with club soda for a refreshing drink that's perfect all summer long."
Ultimate Frozen Strawberry Margarita
"I could drink a pitcher all to myself! This margarita rocks! I think the frozen strawberries help make it the perfect slushie-like drink," says reviewer yikes91. "My blender works better if you put the liquids in first and then the ice."
Margaritas on the Rocks
Reviewer Cheryl Oberg says, "I made a batch of these and a Mexican meal and it was just as good as being at one of our favorite Mexican restaurant/bar!"
Jewel's Watermelon Margaritas
Recipe creator RainbowJewels says you can also make a virgin version by substituting lemon-lime soda for tequila. "Cube your Melon the night before and freeze it on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Make it into a slushie in a blender the next day with all the other ingredients," suggests reviewer thrillergriller.
Parker's Famous Margaritas
Forget the mix, this recipe uses real lime juice for an authentic Mexican cocktail. Reviewer Chikee says, "Best margarita I have ever personally made....I HIGHLY recommend. The secret is definitely in the fresh lime juice."
Take to the tropics with this cocktail served in a fresh coconut. Tequila, melon liqueur, coconut rum, pineapple juice, and lime combine to make paradise in a drink.
The REAL Long Island Iced Tea
Recipe creator sledge says, "There are a few impostors out there that claim to be Long Island Iced Teas. In actuality, there is only one correct way to make a LIIT... and this is it!"
A Fantastic Margarita
Pineapple juice and orange juice bring a fruity twist to this margarita. Reviewer Joni G says, "I really wondered about this recipe when I first saw it, but I tried it for Memorial Day weekend, and it was excellent. It was by far better than store-bought Margarita mixes I had been using."
It's the ultimate sweet and spicy combo. Recipe creator Matt D says, "Margaritas with a spicy kick! The agave nectar and fresh lime juice make a big difference. Include the jalapeno seeds for an extra kick!"
This version of a "Salty Dog" cocktail uses tequila instead of gin and lemonade instead of grapefruit juice.