18 Tequila Cocktails Every Home Bartender Should Make

Whether you're feeling a sweet or savory cocktail, tequila is likely the answer.

Tequila Sunrise

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Lucy Simon

While we love a good sipping tequila, there's something to be said for pairing this classic agave-based spirit with simple ingredients like orange juice and grenadine to make a show-stopping Tequila Sunrise, or picking up a bottle of Cointreau and some jalapeño peppers to whip up a Spicy Margarita. Tequila is incredibly versatile, and can shape-shift into the perfect, boozy base for sweet and savory cocktails alike. Read on for 16 of the best tequila cocktails that are easy enough for home bartenders of any level to make, and will surely please a crowd (or, at the very least, take the edge off of a particularly taxing work week).

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Spicy Margarita

Spicy Margarita

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Lucy Simon

How do you make the most famous, classic tequila cocktail even better? Add a jalapeño pepper.

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Ranch Rosé

Ranch Rose Cocktail
Photo by Sarah Crowder / Food Styling by Chandra Ram

Ranch Water, a refreshing concoction of tequila, fresh lime juice, and sparkling water, is a tequila highball said to have been created by cattle ranchers in West Texas in the early 1960s.  The addition of a splash of the French aperitif Lillet Rosé to this cocktail lends it gentle floral flavor notes and a pink hue, while the blood orange syrup adds more sweetness and tart citrus notes, not to mention a striking boost of color. 

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Honey Trap

Yellow Honey Trap cocktail with a bee pollen salted rim
Honey Trap cocktail.


Smoky, sweet, tart, and pleasantly warming, the Honey Trap is the perfect autumnal cocktail for a tequila lover.

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Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun King

Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Emily Nabors Hall / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

Piquant heat from tequila infused with fresh jalapeño and Aperol infused with fresh Thai chiles is rounded out by sweet prickly pear syrup in this Bloody Mary recipe.

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Cinnamon & Tequila

Hot Ginger Cocktails | Ginger Cinnamon Tequila
Carey Jones

It’s rare to see tequila in a hot drink, but pairing the spirit with cinnamon and ginger makes this winter tipple special.

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Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Lucy Simon

Is it summer yet? We're ready, and so is this Tequila Sunrise cocktail, which calls for three ingredients and a chill mindset.

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Verbena-Infused Tequila and Tonic

Verbena Infused Tequila and Tonic Recipe
Aubrie Pick

This fresh cocktail balances light citrus and herbal notes from the infused syrup with bubbly club soda and smooth, blanco tequila. Substitute gin for a more prominent botanical flavor.

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Salt Air Margarita

Salt Air Margarita
© Tina Rupp

Chef José Andrés uses Sucro, a powdered emulsifier beloved by avant-garde chefs, to make the salty foam topping.

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Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails

Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails
© John Kernick

When watermelon is in abundance, this is a great way to use it. Bobby Flay purees seedless watermelon chunks, then strains the juice through a sieve and mixes it with silver tequila, sugar syrup, blueberries, mint and fresh lime juice.

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Añejo Manhattan

Añejo Manhattan, Suite 410, Seattle
© Frances Janisch

Cocktail consultant Ryan Magarian garnishes this drink with a tequila-marinated dried cherry wrapped in a mole-spiced sausage slice.

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Gingerbread Margarita

Gingerbread Margarita
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Emily Nabors Hall / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis

This winter margarita has a warm, cozy, cake-spice panache that wouldn't be out of place at a holiday party. The spiced syrup is key: It intensifies the orange flavors of the cocktail while adding a seasonal spice hit that brings much-needed warmth during the winter months. 

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Chipilo Cocktail

Adam Montgomerie, Hawksmoor Cocktail, Chipilo Cocktail

Matt Taylor-Gross

This bright, tequila-based aperitif is perfect for your next dinner party.

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Grilled Pineapple Tequila Punch

Grilled Pineapple Poncha Recipe
Greg Dupree

In this Grilled Pineapple–Tequila Punch, the sweet and smoky notes of grilled pineapple meld deliciously with tequila, Ancho Reyes Verde (a spicy, crisp poblano liqueur), and splashes of pineapple and lime juices.

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Montenegro Paloma

Amaro Montenegro Cocktails
Carey Jones

Adding amaro to this classic tequila cocktail makes for a refreshing, sweeter riff.

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La Rosa

La Rosa

Tart hibiscus tea gives this drink its striking rose color.

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Two Paloma cocktails
Photo by Rachel Vanni / Food Styling by Judy Haubert

Fresh grapefruit juice is the star of this Paloma cocktail that was served at Jimmy's (now closed) in Aspen, CO. Shaken with flavorful reposado tequila, a squeeze of lime, and lots of ice, the drink is topped with splashes of lemon-lime and club sodas for a not-too-sweet version that is sure to refresh. 

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Classic Margarita

Classic Margarita

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Oset Babür-Winter

There's a right and a wrong way to make the classic cocktail.

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Tequila-Watermelon Aguas Frescas with Prosecco

Tequila-Watermelon Aguas Frescas with Prosecco

In this refreshing cocktail, Prosecco adds a lively spritz to a light, watermelon-forward Margarita. If you happen to have a juicer on hand, you can certainly use it here.

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