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15 Best Tequila Drinks To Order At A Bar (2024 Updated)

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Last Updated on March 30, 2024 by Lydia Martin

Tequila is often considered a party drink, as opposed to the more “elegant” and “refined” spirits like whiskey or cognac. The spirit is a constant staple in bars, with many fun and delicious cocktails using it as an integral ingredient. 

If you’re a fan of this blue agave-based alcoholic drink, here are the best tequila drinks to order at a bar. 

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15. Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise

The Tequila Sunrise got its name from the drink’s color gradient — it resembles that of a beautiful sunrise.

This long drink is made with tequila, orange juice, and grenadine served in a tall Highball glass.

It’s served as is, no stirring necessary — because you don’t want to mess with the colors that make the drink unique. 

14. Salty Chihuahua

Salty Chihuahua

The Salty Chihuahua is reminiscent of the classic Margarita recipe, with a few slight differences.

It’s made by combining tequila, triple sec, and grapefruit juice (instead of lime juice in a Margarita). [1

The drink is traditionally served with a salted rim, hence its name. 

13. Tommy’s Margarita

Tommy’s Margarita

Tommy’s Margarita further simplifies the already-simple process of making Margaritas, which is perfect for those without a lot of ingredients on hand.

This easy-peasy tequila cocktail drink makes use of two parts tequila, one part fresh lime juice, and a bit of agave syrup

The agave syrup will complement the natural blue agave flavor of the tequila, but if you don’t have that available, simple syrup will do okay. 

12. Dulce de Tequila

Dulce de Tequila on desk with lime

Dulce de Tequila translates to “Tequila Candy” in English, but it’s nowhere near as sweet as it sounds.

This drink is traditionally served in shots and is made by combining tequila, Cointreau (a strong, orange-flavored liqueur), cognac, lime juice, and agave nectar.

You can already tell this drink is lip-smackingly sweet and sour from the ingredients alone. But what’s the best soda to mix with tequila?

11. Bloody Maria

Bloody Maria

Bloody Maria is Bloody Mary’s Mexican sister. As the name suggests, it’s made with tequila instead of vodka, alongside other savory mixers like tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco sauce.

Between you and me, we never went back to Bloody Mary after we’ve tried it with tequila — the spirit’s earthy profile complimented the other savory ingredients beautifully. 

10. Brave Bull

Brave Bull

The Brave Bull is a different iteration of the Black Russian — it uses tequila instead of vodka as the primary alcoholic ingredient.

As a result, the coffee liqueur and agave profile form a distinct blend you won’t find in any other cocktail drink. 

Of course, with only two ingredients in this cocktail, we advise you to go with pricier blanco tequilas that use 100 percent pure blue agaves, instead of cheap bottom-shelf ones. The quality of the ingredients will make or break this drink. 

9. Jalisco Maid

Jalisco Maid

The Jalisco Maid, simply known as Jalisco, is the perfect choice for those who don’t like overtly fruity cocktails.

It’s made using ingredients with more neutral flavors, such as citrus, mint, and cucumber.

Start by muddling some mint leaves to extract their essential oils, adding blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup, and topped with a cucumber wheel.

Doesn’t that drink sound super refreshing?

Read: Our Recommended Tequilas At BevMo

8. Leche Mexicana

Leche Mexicana on table

The Leche Mexicana is a creamy cocktail drink that bartenders love building. It’s made with simple ingredients like tequila, half-and-half, and creme de cocoa

Its mellow sweetness also means it can double as dessert, so if you’re looking for an after-dinner drink, this is a fail-proof option. 

Read: Top Low-Calorie Tequilas To Order

7. Tequini


As the name suggests, the Tequini is a variation of the classic Martini, which replaces gin with tequila.

You can either go with sweet or dry vermouth, and either one will create beautiful layers with the agave-based alcohol.

This cocktail drink is great to order at a bar if your palate wants something out-of-the-box. [2

6. Envy Cocktail

Envy Cocktail

The most striking thing about an Envy Cocktail is its electric blue-green hue, thanks to the blue curacao used, a Caribbean liqueur made with the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit.

Other ingredients include tequila (of course) and pineapple juice, combined inside a cocktail shaker

This is not to be mistaken with another popular cocktail called Green with Envy, which uses coconut rum instead of tequila.

It can be even more confusing as some people use the nickname Envy for both cocktail drinks. Check out some 2-ingredient tequila drinks here

5. Tequila Negroni

Tequila Negroni

Instead of gin, the Tequila Negroni uses tequila as its base alcohol. The cooked agave flavor gives the Tequila Negroni a distinctive earthy flavor.

Other ingredients include Campari and sweet red vermouth, served in a lowball glass with a fresh orange peel. 

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4. Jalisco Stroll

Jalisco Stroll

The bartenders will love it if you ask them for a Jalisco Stroll because it sounds like you know your cocktails well.

Aside from blanco tequila, Campari, and dry vermouth, it asks for the addition of a concentrated saline solution, made by mixing four ounces of water with one ounce of salt. 

This solution allows the cocktail’s flavors to pop out even more. 

3. El Diablo

El Diablo

The El Diablo cocktail takes its name seriously — aside from having a hellfire red hue, its bold flavors will also knock you out.

This cocktail combines reposado tequila, lime juice, ginger beer, and creme de cassis, a blackcurrant-flavored liqueur recognized for its deep red color and robust taste.

It takes a specific kind of palate to love this drink, and if you prefer strong, bold flavors, you’ll definitely love this cocktail. 

2. La Rosita

La Rosita

Like the Tequila Negroni, the La Rosita is another variation of the classic Negroni.

It uses the same ingredients, including dry vermouth, Campari, and Angostura bitters, alongside reposado tequila instead of gin.

We have to say that we like this aperitivo better than its classic build, as the blue agave flavor adds a special touch to the overall drink. 

1. Margarita


The number one tequila drink to order at a bar has got to be the classic Margarita.

It’s one of the most popular tequila cocktails, made by combining three parts tequila, two parts lime juice, and some Cointreau (or triple sec), and served in a salt-rimmed Margarita glass.

It can also be served to you shaken, stirred, or blended, depending on your preference. 

We find that the Margarita is also pretty palatable and won’t overwhelm beginners, and is layered enough for those with a more sophisticated palate. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What drink to order at a bar with tequila?

When you find yourself perched on a barstool in the warm ambiance of a tequila-serving establishment, the choices can be as diverse as the agave fields of Jalisco. Exploring the tantalizing array of tequila-based concoctions can be both exhilarating and daunting. Here are some quintessential drinks to consider:

Margarita: A quintessential classic, the margarita reigns supreme in the realm of tequila cocktails. A harmonious blend of tequila, lime juice, triple sec, and often adorned with a salt rim, it offers a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and salty flavors.

Tequila Sunrise: As visually stunning as it is delicious, the Tequila Sunrise is a cocktail that embodies the vibrant hues of a sunrise. Made with tequila, orange juice, and a float of grenadine, it’s a fruity and refreshing option.

Paloma: For those seeking a lighter and more refreshing sip, the Paloma is an excellent choice. Combining tequila with grapefruit soda, lime juice, and a splash of soda water, it offers a delightful citrusy tang with a hint of effervescence.

Tequila neat or on the rocks: For purists who appreciate the unadulterated essence of tequila, ordering it neat (straight up) or on the rocks (over ice) allows you to savor its nuanced flavors and aromas without any distractions.

Tequila shots: When the mood calls for a swift and celebratory indulgence, tequila shots with salt and lime are a go-to option, igniting camaraderie and festivity with each sip.

Remember, the bartender can also craft custom creations or offer suggestions tailored to your palate, so don’t hesitate to inquire and embark on a flavor-filled journey.

What to ask for at a bar with tequila?

Navigating the labyrinth of tequila choices at a bar requires a blend of curiosity and discernment. To ensure a memorable experience, consider these guiding questions:

Quality: Delve into the realm of tequila offerings by inquiring about the bar’s selection. From well-known brands to artisanal treasures, understanding the breadth and depth of their collection can elevate your tasting adventure.

Style: Tailor your order to suit your mood and preferences. Whether you’re craving the zesty kick of a margarita, the smooth sophistication of a neat pour, or the playful effervescence of a Paloma, expressing your desired style ensures a libation perfectly attuned to your palate.

Recommendations: Trust in the expertise of the bartender by soliciting their recommendations. With their intimate knowledge of the spirits on offer, they can steer you towards hidden gems or signature concoctions that promise to tantalize your taste buds.

Specials or House Creations: Embrace the spirit of exploration by inquiring about any specials or house creations. These unique offerings often showcase the creativity and ingenuity of the establishment, providing an opportunity to savor one-of-a-kind blends or innovative flavor combinations.

By posing these questions and engaging with the bartender, you pave the way for a tequila experience that transcends mere consumption, evolving into a journey of discovery and delight.

How do you order tequila at a bar?

Mastering the art of ordering tequila at a bar involves more than simply stating a preference. Here’s a guide to ensure your order is met with precision and satisfaction:

Be Clear and Confident: Approach the bar with confidence and clarity. Clearly articulate your desired choice, whether it’s a specific tequila brand, cocktail, or serving style. Confidence in your order not only expedites the process but also ensures your satisfaction.

Specify Details: Precision is key when ordering tequila. If you have specific preferences such as the type of tequila (blanco, reposado, añejo), the desired strength, or any additional ingredients for a cocktail, communicate them clearly to the bartender. This ensures your drink is tailored to your exact specifications.

Ask Questions: Don’t hesitate to engage the bartender in conversation. If you’re uncertain about the options available or how a particular drink is prepared, inquire politely. Bartenders are often passionate about their craft and are more than happy to provide recommendations or share their expertise.

Explore Recommendations: Embrace the opportunity to explore new flavors and experiences by seeking recommendations from the bartender. Whether it’s a tequila brand you’ve never tried or a signature cocktail unique to the establishment, trust in the bartender’s knowledge to guide you towards a memorable selection.

Enjoy Responsibly: As with any alcoholic beverage, it’s essential to enjoy tequila responsibly. Pace yourself, savor each sip, and be mindful of your limits. Drinking water between servings can help to stay hydrated and mitigate the effects of alcohol.

By following these guidelines, you can navigate the process of ordering tequila at a bar with confidence and finesse, ensuring a gratifying and enjoyable experience for yourself and those around you. Cheers to the journey of discovery and the pleasures of tequila!

What is a good tequila drink for beginners?

Embarking on a journey into the realm of tequila can be both exciting and daunting, especially for beginners seeking a smooth introduction to this beloved spirit. Among the plethora of tequila-based libations, one cocktail stands out as a perfect starting point: the Paloma.

This delightful concoction effortlessly blends tequila with the crispness of grapefruit soda, enhanced by a splash of lime juice and a hint of effervescence from soda water if desired. The Paloma’s simplicity belies its complexity of flavors, offering a harmonious balance of sweet, tangy, and refreshing notes that are sure to appeal to even the most discerning palate.

Its gentle introduction to the world of tequila makes it an ideal choice for novices eager to explore the spirit’s diverse offerings without overwhelming their taste buds.

What are the top 10 tequila drinks?

In the vibrant tapestry of cocktail culture, tequila-based libations stand out for their versatility and timeless appeal. Whether you’re savoring the nuances of a classic Margarita or venturing into uncharted territory with a Tequila Old Fashioned, there’s a tequila drink to suit every mood and occasion. Here’s a curated list of ten iconic tequila cocktails that have earned their rightful place among the pantheon of mixology:

Margarita: A perennial favorite, combining tequila, lime juice, triple sec, and a salt rim.

Paloma: A refreshing blend of tequila, grapefruit soda, lime juice, and optional soda water.

Tequila Sunrise: A visually stunning cocktail featuring tequila, orange juice, and a float of grenadine.

Tequila Mojito: A tequila-infused twist on the classic Cuban cocktail, muddling tequila with mint, lime, and sugar.

Mexican Mule: A south-of-the-border spin on the Moscow Mule, featuring tequila, ginger beer, lime juice, and a dash of bitters.

Tequila Old Fashioned: A sophisticated variation of the classic Old Fashioned, substituting bourbon with tequila and adding a hint of agave syrup.

Tequila Smash: A vibrant cocktail blending tequila with muddled fruit, herbs, and a splash of soda water.

Tequila Daisy: An old-school favorite, comprising tequila, citrus juice, grenadine, and soda water.

Tequila Sour: A tangy delight, combining tequila, lemon or lime juice, and simple syrup, garnished with a cherry.

Tequila Negroni: A bold and bitter concoction, swapping gin for tequila in the classic Negroni recipe, balanced with sweet vermouth and Campari.

Whether you’re craving the zesty zest of a Margarita or the bold complexity of a Tequila Negroni, these top ten tequila drinks offer a tantalizing glimpse into the diverse world of tequila mixology, inviting you to explore and savor each sip with gusto.

What’s the most popular tequila drink?

In the rich tapestry of mixology, one tequila-based concoction reigns supreme as the undisputed champion of cocktails: the Margarita. This iconic libation has captured the hearts and palates of cocktail enthusiasts worldwide, earning its status as the quintessential tequila drink. The Margarita’s enduring popularity can be attributed to its perfect balance of flavors, refreshing character, and timeless appeal.

Crafted with precision, the classic Margarita combines tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice, triple sec, and often features a salt rim adorning the glass—a delightful contrast to the cocktail’s tangy sweetness.

Whether shaken or stirred, on the rocks or frozen, the Margarita offers a versatile canvas for creativity, allowing for endless variations and adaptations to suit individual preferences.

What sets the Margarita apart is its ability to evoke a sense of celebration and conviviality with every sip. From festive gatherings and beachside escapades to upscale soirées and casual outings, the Margarita is a beloved companion, elevating any occasion with its vibrant flavors and effervescent charm.

Final Thoughts

It’s best to be as specific as possible when ordering tequila drinks, as there is often a lot on the bar’s menu. Whip out this list the next time you’re unsure which tequila drink to order at a bar! 

The Tequila Sunrise, El Diablo, and Leche Mexicana are all great tequila drinks, but probably the best one to order at a bar is the classic Margarita, made by combining tequila, lime juice, and triple sec.

It can also be served shaken, stirred, or blended, depending on your preference. 

Its friendly flavor profile allows it to be enjoyed by a wide range of people, whether you’re a cocktail aficionado or just starting out. 

What do you think? Did we include your favorite tequila drink on our list? Let us know your thoughts by sounding off below. 


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