The best tequila cocktails

Learn to mix our favourite tequila cocktails for your next party. Add a fiery Mexican kick to simple drinks and impress your guests with inventive combinations.

Selection of tequila cocktails on a bar

Young and punchy or aged and smooth, adding a dash of fiery Mexican tequila instantly takes a tipple from dull to 'delicioso'. This agave-based booze can be served neat, but works wonderfully in a fruity cocktail, too, and a smart garnish lends a sense of fun for when you're entertaining. While you may have tried a classic margarita on a night out, tequila is also a great base for more sophisticated drinks. Forget eye-watering shots followed swiftly by salt and lime, these cocktails are to be sipped and savoured. 

Firstly, though, stock your drinks cabinet with one of the best bottles of tequila on the market from our taste-tested selection. 

Our top tequila cocktail recipes
 

Tequila paloma

Cocktail with grapefruit slice and ice in glass
Pink grapefruit and lime juice gives this tequila paloma a zesty kick. Garnish the rim with salt and a wedge of lime for a simple crowd-pleaser. This drink is best made with tequila blanco for its clean, bold flavours that mesh well with fruity overtones. It makes a delicious highball for a refreshing tipple when the sun comes out. 
 

Tequila sunrise

Cocktail with umbrella and cherry
Capture the taste of relaxed summer holidays spent lounging on the beach with a classic tequila sunrise and bring some sunshine to a Saturday evening. There's a fun, retro feel to it as well with the garnish of a maraschino cherry and cocktail umbrella being compulsory. Trust us when we say, it just tastes better like this.
 

Classic tequila margarita 

Margarita with lime wedge
Everyone is familiar with a classic margarita – this citrussy beauty is a staple on every cocktail menu for a reason, it's perfectly balanced, boozy and elegant. 

Once you've learned how to make the best margarita, get to grips with another fun twist that's perfect for the festive season. Sip a cranberry margarita in vivid red with a garnish of salt, sugar and orange zest to bring some added sparkle to your next Christmas party. 
 

Tequila pina del oro

Tequila cocktail on bar with lime wedge
Pour yourself a taste of the tropical. Our tequila pina del oro is laced with pineapple juice and a sage syrup for a refreshing combination of sweet and fruity with light and herby. Reposado tequila is aged for up to 12 months in oak barrels, so it also imparts some earthy, woody flavours.
 

Tequila diablo rojo

Pink tequila cocktail
Sip something pretty in pink like our tequila diablo rojo. This luscious cocktail has a fiery kick from a glug of ginger beer, a citrus hit from a squeeze of lime and a subtle berry sweetness from a measure of crème de cassis. Finish with a scattering of pomegranate seeds for a decadent drink that's sure to impress. Ombré shades are very in, especially at the bar. 
 

Negroni

Negroni in glass on bar
If you're a sucker for an old-school drink, mix up this negroni designed by London bar El Pastor. Use either tequila, or its close relative mescal, which is made specifically from blue agave cooked on a wood fire. The resulting smokiness of mescal balances the bitterness of the Campari, allowing the grapefruit and orange notes to shine through without being overpowering. It's a drink to be relished at leisure.

Learn how to make the perfect negroni
 

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