6 Ways To Drink Tequila

Tequila and Cinco De Mayo go hand in hand.

I stopped going all out for Cinco de Mayo after I graduated college because let’s be honest, it is not acceptable to be binge drinking tequila at 12pm in your bathing suit in Central Park (I mean it could be but that’s a discussion for another time). 

So my “adult” way of celebrating Cinco de Mayo is to put the tequila shots in a drink instead of straight down my throat. Surprisingly, I find to enjoy drinking tequila this way just as much, if not more. I’ve found and tested 8 of the best tequila cocktails just for you (someone definitely twisted my arm to do that) that I think will make your Cinco de Mayo enjoyable and drunk.

Classic Margarita
Yields 2
This recipe works best with high quality tequila. If you're going to use a cheaper brand you'll have swap the proportions for the Cointreau and lime juice and add 1/4 ounce simple syrup to each drink
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Ingredients
  1. Lime wedge, plus 2 lime wheels for garnish
  2. 1 tablespoon coarse salt, for glass rims
  3. 4 ounces tequila
  4. 2 ounces Cointreau
  5. 1 1/2 ounces fresh juice from 2 limes
Instructions
  1. Run lime wedge around the outer rims of two rocks glasses and dip rims in salt. Set aside.
  2. In cocktail shaker, combine tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. Fill with ice and shake until thoroughly chilled, about 15 seconds (the bottom of a metal shaker should frost over).
  3. Fill glasses with fresh ice and strain margarita into both glasses. Garnish with lime wheels and serve.
Adapted from Serious Eats
Adapted from Serious Eats
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Tequila Sunrise
Yields 1
Classic
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  2. 3/4 cup orange juice
  3. 3/4 ounce grenadine syrup
Instructions
  1. In a highball glass filled with ice, pour in the tequila and orange juice. Slowly pour the grenadine into the glass over the back of a spoon or by drizzling it down the side of the glass, allowing it to settle at the bottom.
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Strawberry-Balsamic Tequila Sour
Yields 1
This is a refreshingly tart-sweet tequila cocktail. Balsamic and strawberries are a classic combo that will not disappoint.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 ounces fresh strawberries, sliced (about 7-8 medium berries)
  2. 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  3. 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice from 1 lime
  4. 1/4 teaspoon homemade or store-bought balsamic syrup or glaze
  5. 10 mint leaves
  6. 2 ounces silver tequila (100% agave)
Instructions
  1. For the balsamic syrup: combine 2/3 cup supermarket-quality balsamic vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar. Bring to a simmer and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until reduced by 1/3. Allow to cool before using.
  2. For the cocktail: In a cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries, simple syrup, lime juice, and balsamic syrup until strawberries are completely dissolved. Add mint leaves and gently tap 5 times with muddler. (Do not over-muddle mint or it will taste bitter and muddy.)
  3. Add tequila to shaker and fill 2/3 full with ice.
  4. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Using a strainer, pour into a serving glass filled with ice. Garnish with additional mint or strawberry if desired.
Adapted from Serious Eats
Adapted from Serious Eats
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Tequila & Gingerale
Yields 1
My go to bar drink
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Ingredients
  1. 1 oz of Tequila
  2. 8 oz of Gingerale
  3. Lime
Instructions
  1. In a glass with ice add tequila and gingerale. Squeeze the juice of one lime and garnish.
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Bloody Maria
Yields 1
Similar to a Bloody Mary, but better.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces tequila
  2. 3 dashes Worcestershire
  3. 3 dashes hot sauce
  4. 1/2 teaspoon freshly-grated horseradish
  5. 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  6. 3 ounces tomato juice
  7. Lime wheel, for garnish
  8. Celery stalk, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a shaker filled with ice, combine all the ingredients except the garnishes, and shake until well chilled.
  2. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and a celery stalk.
Adapted from The Kitchn
Adapted from The Kitchn
Chel Loves Wine http://www.chelloveswine.com/
Fresh Pineapple Margarita
Yields 3
Make sure you use fresh super ripe pineapple!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple chunks (about 1/2 pound, from 1 small pineapple)
  2. 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) fresh juice from about 2 lemons
  3. 2 1/4 ounces (4 1/2 tablespoons) fresh juice from 3 to 4 limes
  4. 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) simple syrup
  5. 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 4 1/2 ounces (9 tablespoons) reposado tequila
  7. 6 ounces (3/4 cup) Cointreau or triple sec
  8. 3 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Add pineapple, lemon juice, lime juice, simple syrup, salt, tequila, and triple sec to a blender with 3 ice cubes.
  2. Blend until completely smooth and frothy.
  3. Pour into a pitcher if desired and refrigerate up to 3 hours.
  4. Serve over ice.
Adapted from Serious Eats
Adapted from Serious Eats
Chel Loves Wine http://www.chelloveswine.com/

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24 comments

  1. I don’t know which one I’m more excited to try…. I’m thinking the Strawberry-Balsamic Tequila Sour. It looks so good. Though I think your right about the shots in public in your swimsuit we can still enjoy Mexico’s day of independence with a kick.

    Now to find a wonderful Mexican recipe to go along with it. Thanks Chel!!

    Cheers,
    Chel

  2. my bf recently discovered the world of margaritas… hes in love (I think because he likes sour mix…) but I will have to try some of these for him lol

  3. That strawberry-balsamic tequila sour sounds SO good. I love how you included things other than just margaritas. I love margaritas, but it’s fun to mix it up.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

  4. I think generally people just go to margaritas or maybe even tequila sunrises as the ways to drink tequila. The Strawberry-Balsamic Tequila Sour is the one I’m most excited to try.

  5. The last time I had Tequila was about 15 years ago on my birthday… Sadly we had it straight without any mixers, so it was disgusting! I might give one or two of these a go though, so thanks for sharing 🙂