Quick Tequila Cocktails That Let the Sunshine In
We already know tequila is delicious on its own. When you're using a quality, 100-percent agave spirit, cocktails don't need much to complement the herbal, sweet, and spicy flavors. So keep your tequila cocktails simple. We've rounded up some three-ingredient drinks that cover all the bases, from margaritas and agave-enhanced classics to nostalgic throwbacks like the Tequila Sunrise. Seriously, thank you Mexico.
Tommy's margaritaThis minimalist margarita is quickly becoming the margarita of choice thanks to a tart and crisp flavor that lets the tequila shine. There's no orange liqueur to worry about, just sweetener (simple syrup, honey, and agave all work well), fresh lime juice, and a good blanco or reposado tequila. If you learn to make only one cocktail, it should be this dangerously good party starter.
Tequila NegroniBoozy and stirred, this classy drink is especially fun at upscale parties, served in a chic lowball glass. We suggest this for an office party, as a sophisticated way to enjoy the holiday and revel in the mayhem that ensues when everybody actually listens to you. If you ever wanted to get intel from a co-worker or boss, this is the perfect prelude.
Tequila SunriseThere is no shame in this drink (or the underrated Kurt Russell movie), even though you tend to see it mainly on cruise ships. We'll own up to it, we think this cocktail made with fresh-squeezed organic OJ and homemade grenadine is pretty tasty. It's an easy way to introduce tequila to those who are unaccustomed to the strong flavor of the spirit, but who still want all the fun that goes along with it.
Tequila Old FashionedYeah, you can get a little fancier by muddling up oranges or other fruits, but in essence, an Old Fashioned is all about the spirits, the bitters, and the sugar. This new-fashioned take ditches bourbon for tequila, which makes for a smokier, less woodsy drink that still pairs wonderfully with fireside chats.
Tequila sodaThis cocktail kills two birds with one stone: delicious tequila drink, plus hydration. It's an especially good choice for those looking to avoid a future hangover. It's everything you wish those canned hard seltzers could be, and more.
- 2 ounces tequila
- 3 ounces club soda
- Lime wedge
PalomaHailing from Mexico, the Paloma is one of the most refreshing tequila highballs out there. For that grapefruit flavor, you can use soda like Fresca, or something naturally tart (and less sugary) like Q’s Grapefruit, or some freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice and sparkling water. Don’t forget a spritz of fresh lime and a salted rim.
- 1 ounce blanco Tequila
- 1 ounce grapefruit soda or grapefruit juice with sparkling water
- Fresh lime juice