The Best Tequila Cocktail Recipes

By Gayot Editors

The immense popularity of margaritas has made it the go-to tequila cocktail but there are several other ways to enjoy the refined blue agave flavor. The variety of tequilas available, from clear blancos (“whites”) to dark brown añejos (“aged”) to reposado (“rested”), means the flavor profiles of your cocktails will also be as diverse.

GAYOT’s list of tequila cocktail recipes includes the most famous cocktail as well as tips for how to make a carbonated margarita and a Mexican cosmopolitan.

Fun fact: in 1974 the Mexican government declared the term “tequila” its intellectual property which made it a requirement to produce and age it in Mexico, usually Jalisco, and the nation is also recognized as the birthplace of the Tequila Daisy (“margarita”).

Black Diamond Margarita

– 2 oz. Maestro Dobel Tequila
– 1/2 oz. Agave syrup
– 1/2 oz. Freshly squeezed lime juice

• Pour all the ingredients into an iced shaker.
• Then shake all ingredients with ice, and serve on the rocks.
• Garnish the rim with black salt, if desired.

Maestro Dobel is a hand-crafted tequila made from 100 percent blue agave that grows in the volcanic lowlands of the Jalisco region near the coast.

> Recipe courtesy of Maestro Dobel Tequila

Brujeria Dulce

This easy-to-make cocktail features the smooth flavor profile of Tequila Corralejo Silver, which is made from 100% Blue Weber agave. Slightly sweet and utterly bewitching, this recipe is courtesy of Al Sotack from Brooklyn bar Jupiter Disco.

– 2 oz. Tequila Corralejo Silver
– 3/4 oz. sorrel (one cup of hibiscus tea to one cup of white sugar)
– 3/4 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
– 2 muddled cucumber slices
– 2 dashes angostura

• Shake all the ingredients together
• Serve with a cucumber wheel garnish.

> Recipe courtesy of Tequila Corralejo


GAYOT’s Guide to Tequila

Carbonated margarita recipe

> For the details, click here.

The Original Margarita

> For the details, click here.

Mexican Cosmopolitan

– 1 oz. Agavero
– 2 oz. vodka
– splash of cranberry juice
– splash of lime juice

• In a shaker, combine all ingredients with ice
• Shake until cold.
• Pour into martini glass.
• Garnish with a lime wedge.

Agavero is a fine-sipping liqueur that is quite similar to tequila, but lighter and more palatable on the rocks or mixed in a cocktail.

> Recipe courtesy of Agavero Tequila Liqueur

Tequila cocktail Smokin Greens

– 1.5 oz. tequila
– 0.5 oz. Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur
– 0.75 oz. orange
– 0.75 oz. lime juice
– 0.5 oz. agave syrup Bar spoon of cilantro paste

• Shaken
• Served on rocks Garnish with orange peel.

> Recipe courtesy of The h.wood Group