20 Easy Tequila Drinks & Cocktails (2023 Updated)
Last Updated on December 29, 2022 by Lydia Martin
Tequila’s versatility can take you to a wide range of drink possibilities. Today, tons of popular cocktails worldwide use this iconic distilled liquor made from the blue agave plant from Mexico.
If you’re new to making tequila cocktails, don’t worry, we’ll help you out. You can start with these easy tequila drinks we listed below.
Top 20 Tasty But Easy Tequila Drinks To Try
20. Ranch Water
Ranch Water is West Texas’s unofficial drink. It’s made of Blanco tequila, lime juice, and Topo Chico, but you can substitute soda water if you don’t have Topo Chico.
This three-ingredient simple recipe can be your new after-work refresher.
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19. Tequila Negroni
Negroni needs a tequila reposado, bitter orange aperitivo or Campari, and sweet red vermouth to make it vibrant.
You don’t need a shaker to make this cocktail; all you need to do is to stir and dilute it slightly. Negroni is served in a chic lowball glass to make it classier, especially when serving at parties.
The classic Cantarito is made with a pinch of salt, reposado tequila, lime juice, and orange juice. The salt balances out the citrusy fruit juice and makes a great refreshing tequila drink. Traditionally, you can serve this drink in a Cantaritos clay pot.
17. Salty Chihuahua
A Salty Chihuahua is a variation of the gin Salty Dog cocktail. It is a mixture of tequila, orange liqueur, and grapefruit juice. You don’t need a blender for this recipe; combine the ingredients and shake it with ice.
Strain the shaken-cocktail mix into a salted rim glass and serve with a topped grapefruit slice for garnish.
16. Tequila Old Fashioned
This Tequila Old Fashioned is paired with an Añejo, angostura bitters, and simple syrup to fully experience the drink’s smokiness. It is best served in an Old Fashioned glass with big ice cubes and an orange peel on top.
15. Tequila Don Coco
Tequila Don Coco can satisfy your sweet tooth with its combination of coconut liqueur, decadent cocoa liqueur, and tequila. The coconut gives a sophisticated experience to the drink, while cocoa complements the aromas of tequila.
14. Baja Gold
Baja gold is a great option to level up your Margarita. It’s an easy sweet cocktail with reposado tequila, pineapple juice, and agave syrup.
You can adjust the pineapple and syrup portion depending on your sweet preference. Serve it in a chilled coupe glass after straining it from the shaker.
13. Bloody Maria
This cocktail is a tequila twist on the classic Bloody Mary cocktail. This drink is stronger because of the spicy tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, dash of smoked paprika, and tequila combination.
If you’re up for more spiciness, you can add Tabasco or hot sauce to taste. This fire cocktail is usually served in a tall glass over ice with slices of lime and cucumber plus jalapeño stuffed olives.
12. Tommy’s Margarita
Tommy’s Margarita cocktail is a minimalist type of Margarita. This three-ingredient cocktail is made of reposado or tequila Blanco, fresh lime juice, and sweetener.
The trick to this cocktail is to use freshly squeezed lime and not bottled one from the grocery stores.
11. Tequila Sour
This cocktail, also known as the Tequila Lemon Cocktail, is a re-creation of a classic Margarita. This drink includes fresh lemon juice, a splash of citrus bitters(optional), sweetener, and egg whites.
Egg whites make a frothy topping when shaken vigorously. But you can skip the egg whites for a vegan version. Combine and mix in a cocktail shaker and serve in a coupe glass.
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10. Tequila Pineapple
Tequila Pineapple cocktail is similar to the Baja Gold recipe, but instead of agave syrup, you will put a club soda. Pineapple juice or piña is an excellent blend with tequila in a tall glass over ice.
Adding the club soda to the top of the mixture will give another level of sparkle to the bubbly cocktail.
9. Tequila Soda
This tequila cocktail makes a hydrating beverage. Tequila Soda is a simple, crisp fresh drink combination of tequila and club soda with a wedge of lime.
This classic cocktail doesn’t use any sweetener or extra flavors, so make sure to use quality tequila.
8. Cadillac Margarita
Cadillac Margarita steps up the game from a good Margarita. You’ll need a best-aged tequila, orange juice, fresh lime juice, and the sophisticated Grand Marnier flavor instead of triple sec.
Pour the Grand Marnier on top of the mix and let it float to the top. This ingredient will level up your game in making tequila cocktails.
7. Tequila Sunrise
Tequila Sunrise cocktail is made up of bright ingredients of orange juice and grenadine syrup, and of course, tequila. You can substitute your homemade grenadine syrup to adjust your taste preference.
This summery beverage is a sweet fruity drink, great for beginners who don’t like the strong flavor of tequila. Adding grenadine is the last touch to make the sunrise effect of this cocktail.
6. Siesta Cocktail
Siesta Cocktail is a mixture of tequila Blanco, lime, grapefruit juice, and grenadine to complete its pinkish color. It makes a refreshing beverage from the citrus notes to the sweet notes of grenadine.
This cocktail is usually served in a chilled coupe glass or cocktail glass with a lime wedge or grapefruit twist.
5. Mexican Mule
This cocktail is a tequila variation of the classic vodka Moscow Mule. You’ll love the bubbly ginger beer spiciness and lime’s tartness with the liquor.
It’s always served in a copper mug traditionally. But if you don’t have one, the cocktail is still great in any cocktail glass topped with a lime wedge.
Paloma is a summertime cocktail made of grapefruit soda or grapefruit juice with sparkling water.
To make this a refreshing cocktail, combine tequila and lime juice in a salt rim highball glass.
Adding the grapefruit soda on top will complete the fruity fizz in the glass. We’ve got some 2-ingredient tequila drinks here.
3. Tequila Manhattan (CDMX)
Tequila Manhattan is named after Mexico City, which CDMX stands for Ciudad De México.  It has a mixture of an aged-tequila twist of reposado to keep the authentic depth of the liquor, with a sweet vermouth and orange bitters.
2. Mexican Sunset
Mexican Sunset is a delicious summer tequila cocktail with a bright and energizing color.
It would be best to have a silver tequila as an alcohol base, Amaretto, Peach Schnapps, and grenadine with topped maraschino cherries. This drink looks amazing, but it tastes even better.
1. Tequila Tonic
Tequila Tonic is a tequila version of Gin and Tonic. It’s a beautifully balanced combination of citrus, including Mexican limes, tangerines, and bitter oranges.  It’s served in a salt-rimmed glass with ice and topped with a lime wheel.
What is a good mix with tequila?
Citrus juices, tonic or sparkling water, flavored sodas, and ginger beers are a good mix with tequila.
All types of tequila are versatile liquors that can be paired with many mixers in the market or even at your home to make delicious cocktails.
How do you drink tequila casually?
A casual way to drink tequila is through a single shot from a shot glass served with salt and lime. It’s done by licking the salt, taking the shot, and quickly sipping the lime after the shot.
How do Mexicans drink tequila?
Mexicans drink tequila neat, without lime and salt. In Mexico, the most traditional way to consume it is not to drink it down at once but by sipping it neatly.
Tequila is a versatile distilled liquor that blends well with different mixers. Whether you want citrusy-sweet cocktails or flavored bubbly cocktails, the best tequila cocktails are easy to make.
You can complete your long day extra special and unwind with these easy and delicious recipes. So which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comment section below.
Lisa is a freelance lifestyle writer specializing in nightlife, leisure, and celebration. She has been in the field for eight years and has written articles featured in various local blogs and lifestyle magazines.
For Lisa, there’s nothing better than an ice-cold drink after a rough day (she’s not fussy). But she also likes to get a bit fancy every now and then. She believes you can never go wrong with a Moscow Mule or a classic Daiquiri anywhere you go. Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.