Must-Try Tequila Cocktails for Your Next Party

The margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in the world. From the kick of lime to the salt-rimmed glass, it’s easy to see why so many people call the margarita their tequila drink of choice.

But there are many other options that legions of tequila fans think are far better.

Whether you prefer blanco, reposado, or añejo or have an equal love for all three, here are five must-try tequila cocktails to serve at your next party.  

What Type of Tequila Should You Use in Cocktails?

There are four different tequila expressions: blanco, reposado, añejo, and extra añejo. Each one tastes quite different, with clear blancos having the strongest agave flavor and darker añejos having rich and complex flavors, often with notes of chocolate and oak.

Not all expressions work well in all cocktails, nor do they pair well with all types of food. This article from Cierto explores the different expressions in greater depth and suggests what types of food to pair with each one, if you’re planning to serve drinks and hors d’oeuvres at your next bash.  

Paloma

The Paloma is a classic, and it’s one of the few cocktails that works equally as well with blanco as it does with reposado. It’s crisp and refreshing, and you don’t have to be a master mixologist to make it.

You’ll need:

● 2 ounces of blanco or reposado tequila

● 2 ounces of grapefruit soda (such as Squirt or Jarritos)

● ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

● 2 ounces of sparkling water

Start by rimming a highball glass with coarse sea salt. Next, shake the tequila, grapefruit soda, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain it into a glass and top it off with your sparkling water. 

If you want to make a healthier Paloma, swap out the grapefruit soda for freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. It won’t be as sweet, but you can add a ¼ ounce of Mayan honey syrup, agave nectar, or simple syrup to sweeten it a bit.  

Rosé Ranch Water

Ranch Water is a simple and delicious mix of tequila, lime juice, and sparkling water. Add a bit of rosé and blood orange syrup and it becomes something quite special.

You’ll need:

● 1 ½ ounces of blanco tequila

● ½ ounce of blood orange syrup

● 1 ounce of lime juice

● 2 ounces sparkling water

● ¾ ounces of rosé

Pour the tequila, rosé, syrup, and lime juice into a rocks glass. Add ice, fill with sparkling water, and enjoy!

If you don’t already have a favorite rosé brand, this articleprofiles 26 great options to suit every budget.  

If you love an espresso martini, the Cafecito is for you. Perfect for drinking after dinner or in place of coffee at brunch, this cocktail is best when served in a coupe glass, but a martini glass works just as well.

You’ll need:

● 1 ½ ounces of reposado tequila

● ½ ounce sweet vermouth

● 1 ounce espresso

● ¼ ounce blue agave nectar

Shake all the ingredients, plus ice, in a cocktail shaker and strain into your glass. If you want to add an extra kick, top it with espresso beans.  

Mexican Mule

The Mexican Mule is the tequila version of the classic Moscow Mule, and it is incredibly easy to make. Reposado is the best expression for this cocktail, but blanco works too. For authenticity it’s best to serve it in a copper mug.

You’ll need:

● 2 ounces of reposado  

● 4 ounces of ginger beer

● ½ ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice

Pour the tequila, ginger beer, and lime juice into a mug. Add ice, garnish with a lime slice on top, and serve.

For people who like a little kick, consider adding one or two jalapeno slices. Some people add the peppers directly on top, but some prefer to muddle them in the bottom of the glass.  

Añejo Old Fashioned

Añejo is a great substitution for bourbon, especially when mixed in an Old Fashioned. It’s an easy cocktail to make, but it does call for some specific ingredients that you might not normally keep on hand. 

You’ll need:

● 2 ounces añejo tequila

● ¼ ounce blue agave nectar

● ¼ ounce orange curacao

● 2 dashes of aromatic bitters

Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice, and stir until it’s chilled. Then, strain it into a rocks glass with a few ice cubes. To really impress your party guests, garnish with an orange slice, an orange peel, or orange zest and a cocktail cherry.  

Whether you’re hosting an intimate gathering or having a huge bash, great tequila cocktails are sure to impress your friends and get the party started.

The next time you open a tequila bottle and reach for your favorite shot glasses or margarita glasses, think again. The Paloma, Rosé Ranch Water, Cafecito, Mexican Mule, and Añejo Old Fashioned are all easy to make and even easier to enjoy.

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