The Best Tequila Mixes in the World
Tequila is part of the classic liquors served in a bar. You should definitely also have a bottle or two in your home bar for the endless amount of cocktail options. Distilled from the blue agave plant around the city of Tequila, this drink has made waves across the globe for its punchy flavour and versatility.
There are hundreds of different tequila brands available in the world, but they’re usually categorised into five different categories:
- Blanco or plata (silver) tequila has a rough, bold flavour. It’s not aged and is stored immediately after distillation.
- Joven (young) tequila is basically blanco tequila with a caramel flavour.
- Reposado (rested) is aged for two months in oak barrels and is much smoother than blanco and joven tequila.
- Anejo (vintage) is aged for at least a year in oak barrels, and is much subtler and more complex than reposado.
- Extra anejo is aged for at least three years in oak barrels, so it’s able to take on more of the oak flavour.
The traditional way of drinking tequila is neat, with no lime or salt. But of course, this isn’t something most folks would do at a bar. Other than drinking a shot of tequila with usual lemon and salt, you can mix and match it with other ingredients to get the same kick without that harsh flavor.
The Usual Tequila Mixes
One of the most popular ways to get your tequila fix without downing a sour shot.
- 45 ml oz of fresh lime juice
- 30 ml of triple sec
- 45 ml of blanco tequila
Add all the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, and shake well. If you want the sweeter version, just add a dash of agave syrup before shaking. Dip the rim of your cocktail glass into some salt and pour the tequila mix into the glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Long Island Iced Tea
A strong mix of different liquors with a splash of cola.
- 30 ml vodka
- 30 ml tequila
- 30 ml rum
- 30 ml gin
- 15 ml triple sec
- 45 ml sweet and sour mix
- 30-60 ml cola
Pour all the ingredients except for the cola into a shaker filed with ice. Shake and pour into a highball glass. Pour in the cola until the glass is almost full and garnish with a lemon wedge.
It’s a refreshing minty blend for hot summer parties.
- 60 ml tequila anejo
- 20 ml lemon
- 15 ml Grand Mariner
- 5 mint leaves
- 20 ml agave nectar
Mix-up the lemon and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker then add the remaining ingredients and ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a glass with crushed ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a mint leaf.
A drink that’s as delicious as it is beautiful.
- 90 ml orange juice
- 60 ml tequila
- 15 ml grenadine
Pour the tequila and orange juice into a highball glass with ice cubes and stir. Slowly pour the grenadine around the inner edge of the glass and allow it to sink and rise slowly to blend with the other ingredients. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.
Fruity Tequila Drinks
A tropical twist to the usual margarita, this drink is a hit with mango lovers.
- 45 ml of tequila
- 45 ml of sour mix
- 60 ml mango puree
- three ice cubes
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour it into a short stout glass and serve with a lime wedge and a straw.
This sweet blend is perfect for daytime summer parties.
- 45 ml tequila
- 20 ml triple sec
- 20 ml Midori
- 60 ml sour mix
- 120 g cubed watermelon
- 250 g ice
Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Pour it into a glass and garnish with a mint leaf and a wedge of watermelon.
This fruity mix is the tequila version of a cosmopolitan.
- 60 ml tequila
- 90 ml cranberry juice
- 30 ml lime juice
- 60 ml Grand Mariner orange liqueur
Pour the tequila, cranberry juice, and lime juice into a shaker with ice cubes and shake vigorously. Pour it into a chilled stemmed glass and add a splash of Grand Mariner. Add a slice of lime for garnish.
A fizzy take on the usual margarita.
- 60 ml blanco or reposado tequila
- 120 ml fresh grapefruit soda
- 15 ml lime juice
Rim a Collins glass with salt and fill it with ice. Stir in the tequila and lime juice and top it off with the grapefruit soda.
Sour and tart, the tequila matador adds a punch of pineapple to blend with your tequila.
- 45 ml blanco tequila
- 90 ml pineapple juice
- Juice of ½ lime, or sour mix
Mix the ingredients in a shaker half-full of ice. Strain the mix into a chilled cocktail glass or a champagne flute.
Citrus Tea Punch
A fruitier and more refreshing take on the Long Island Ice Tea.
- 2 bottles of Lipton Iced Tea with Lemon
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 180 ml tequila
Pour all the ingredients into a pitcher and mix. Pour into highball glasses filled with ice. Add a straw and garnish with mint leaves.
So take advantage of tequila’s versatility! Now that you have all of these recipes up your sleeve, you’ll always be ready to wow people with a punchy new cocktail at your next party. Good luck!