Easy Tequila Cocktails

When you have some tequila in reserves and need a classic drink, we have the best tequila cocktails you can find.

Certainly, you can enjoy a couple of tequila shots if you’re game for that (many of us have put our tequila shots days behind us!). You can also make the classic margarita, whether on the rocks or frozen. But the fact is, there are some other great ways to enjoy Mexico’s favorite liquor.

These simple-to-make tequila drinks don’t take a lot of time to make so you won’t have any trouble whipping them up if you have guests over.

You don’t have to wait for a hot day either to try these delicious tequila mixed drinks.

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There are tequila drink recipes that are savory and ones that go perfectly after a great dinner.

Tequila is a versatile liquor that can be used to make a variety of delicious cocktails. Here are three easy tequila cocktails that you can make at home:

  1. Margarita Ingredients:
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • Salt for rimming (optional)
  • Lime wedge for garnish


  1. Rim a glass with salt (optional).
  2. In a shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, lime juice, and triple sec.
  3. Shake well and strain into the glass.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!
  5. Paloma Ingredients:
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz agave nectar
  • Club soda
  • Salt for rimming (optional)
  • Grapefruit wedge for garnish


  1. Rim a glass with salt (optional).
  2. In a shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and agave nectar.
  3. Shake well and strain into the glass.
  4. Top with club soda and stir.
  5. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and enjoy!
  6. Tequila Sunrise Ingredients:
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 4 oz orange juice
  • 1/2 oz grenadine
  • Orange slice and cherry for garnish


  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Add tequila and orange juice to the glass and stir.
  3. Slowly pour grenadine over the top of the drink.
  4. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry and enjoy!

Note: You can customize these cocktails by adding other ingredients, such as jalapeno or cucumber, to the mix. You can also adjust the amount of alcohol and sweetness to your liking.

You’ll find easy tequila drinks that you’ll end up making time and time again because you can’t get away from the flavor.

So sit back and take note of the best tequila drinks on this list so you can have something delicious to make that isn’t the same old cocktail.

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1. Tequilla Pineapple Cocktail

You’d be surprised at how well pineapple juice goes with tequila and this recipe shows it.

It’s just like the classic cocktail but with pineapple added inside over some crushed ice. You can also use ice cubes if it’s more convenient.

You can still add the kosher salt rim and it will turn out just as good.

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2. Classic Margarita

If you’re looking for simple tequila drinks, you need this margarita. This is the unofficial drink of Mexico and you can tell by how easy it is to make.

The ingredients are reposado tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and agave syrup so if you have any one of these, you’re halfway there.

You’ll find this drink at any Mexican restaurant you walk into because it’s so well known.

You can make a ton of variations with this recipe like a strawberry margarita, grapefruit margarita, or watermelon margarita.

But, if you don’t feel like going out, your better bet is to make it yourself with these ingredients.

Put on a salt rim on top and you have a margarita that’s perfect every time.

It’s not quite tequila, but if you wanted to throw in some mezcal in the drink, we wouldn’t tell anyone.

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3. Cadillac Margarita

If you need to take your margarita game to the next level, then you need this Cadillac margarita to do it.

It has a nice citrus flavor from the orange juice but also some tartness from the lime.

You can get rid of the lime juice if you want or make this drink equally delicious with only one choice of citrus.

Garnish it with an orange peel so you can get even more flavor into this drink.

Add in some Grand Marnier and Grand Mariner instead of Triple Sec and you already have something amazing that will really up your game when it comes to making tequila cocktails.

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4. Paloma

Instead of having a classic margarita, you could try this slight twist of the classic with actual grapefruit juice.

The drink is so easy to make with blanco tequila, grapefruit soda, ginger beer, ice cubes, and sparkling water.

Give it a try the next time you want something that’s easy to make, tastes great, and is totally refreshing.

It’ll take you back to the summertime without having to worry about wearing your bathing suit.

You can easily whip this up in no time so if you have guests over this weekend, put it on the list of drinks you love to bring out.

This drink goes well at just about any time of the day too so you can have it with lunch, brunch, or dinner.

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5. Bloody Maria

Instead of getting the classic bloody mary, try this tequila cocktail instead.

It’s a lot stronger and has some unique flavors that you’re not going to find in the classic drink.

Typically, it’s made with vodka but you can definitely change it up and use tequila if you prefer that over the other option.

You could also do half vodka and half añejo tequila just to keep it different.

The one thing that you’re going to find is that the bloody mary mix will be replaced with prepared horseradish, Clamato juice which adds some clam flavor, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, cayenne pepper oil, and hot sauce.

Don’t worry if you’re not used to trying these ingredients in the past because they will definitely go together perfectly.

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6. Tequila Sour

If you want a great-tasting sip drink that you can savor the flavor with, try this tequila sour.

The cocktail will take you back to the old days of cocktails because it’s made with fresh ingredients instead of pre-made mixes.

Typically, this drink is made with lime and lemon juice, agave nectar syrup, and egg whites so if you want a vegan version just leave out the egg white.

You’ll know the drink is done when you combine all the ingredients together and pour it into a cocktail shaker.

Shake for about 20 seconds then strain into a coupe glass.

This sour tequila cocktail will have you thinking that you can never go wrong with this drink. It’s best to make one at a time because they take a bit longer to put together.

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7. Cantarito

This classic cantarito drink has a ton of citrus so it’s a great refreshing tequila drink to make when it’s hot outside.

Typically, this drink is made with lime juice, orange juice, salt, and then topped off with aged tequila so if you have these ingredients in the house then you’re ready to pour it up.

The salt helps balance out the tartness of the fruit juice so it’s a nice taste when you have everything put together.

This is one of those drinks to serve at brunch or during the day because it has a great citrusy flavor to go with something light and refreshing.

It’s definitely one that you’ll want to try out when the weather gets warmer.

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8. Ranch Water

This recipe has been used for generations back when ranchers used it to wind down from long days.

It’s one of the easy tequila mixed drinks to make and you’ll want to drink it all year round.

Ranch water is made with tequila blanco, vodka, lemon juice, and soda water so if you have any of these ingredients in your house then you’re ready to serve this drink up.

Typically, these drinks are served in large quantities so if you aren’t looking to make a huge batch then just cut the recipe down accordingly.

The next time guests come over you can bring out some ranch water and they’ll be impressed by your tequila mixology.

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9. Siesta Cocktail

What better way to celebrate than with this tequila cocktail?

This drink is made from tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and also some grenadine which gives it a nice pink color.

You can get rid of the grenadine if you want but it does make this drink look better.

Put a nice lime wedge garnish and it can even be served on ice for some added flair.

This cocktail is one that you’ll want to serve before lunch or even during it if you’re having a barbecue and want something refreshing and unique to drink.

It has everything in there from the citrus notes from the orange juice to some sweet notes from the grenadine and you get the tartness from both of these juices.

It’s definitely one to serve on a bright sunny day when you’re looking for some refreshment.

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10. Mexican Mule

A little twist on the Moscow classic, this drink has the added boost of tequila.

Typically, this drink is made with vodka, ginger beer, and fresh lime juice so if you want to make it right away all you need are these ingredients.

You’ll love the combination of the ginger from the beer and from the actual drink itself.

Throw in some ice to make it extra refreshing and top it off with a lime wheel.

It’s a great one to serve in a copper mug because that’s how it’s served traditionally.

And, if you don’t have a copper mug then it’s best not to worry about it because this drink is great even when it isn’t served in one.

You can make them by the pitcher and serve them on game day with some tacos or during the holiday season with some turkey.

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11. Tequila Sunrise

If you want to make an impression with some guests, make this tequila sunrise.

It’s one of the most iconic drinks in history and it looks great in a large glass too.

Typically, this drink is made up of orange juice and grenadine and then topped with tequila but you can change it up if there are certain flavors that you don’t like.

You can add some vodka or make it extra strong and serve it with a little bit of ice.

You can even change up the grenadine and make different flavors to blend in with the orange juice such as mandarin or pomegranate.

This drink will go down easily because not only does it taste great but also because you’ll be adding tequila to it as well.

It’s one of those drinks that have been around for a while so it has a great reputation and will surely impress any guest you have over.

Types of Tequila

The Best Tequila Cocktails (+Cadillac Margarita)

These recipes are sure to please. So, gather your family and friends and enjoy. Let us know your thoughts!
5 from 10 votes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 275 kcal


  • 2 cups white tequila
  • 1 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • Honey or light agave syrup for sweetener
  • Lime wedges
  • Kosher salt


  • Mix all liquid ingredients in a pitcher and fill with ice, stirring well.
  • Add sweetener as desired.
  • Salt the rims of cocktail glasses.
  • Serve with lime wedges.


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Calories: 275kcal
Keyword cadillac margarita, tequila cocktails
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