14 Tequila Cocktails That Aren’t Margaritas
While the margarita is far better known, the grapefruit-, tequila-, and soda-based Paloma is an equally refreshing Mexican classic. Using árbol chile-spiked grenadine as a sweetener—rather than agave nectar or simple syrup—adds smokiness and a touch of heat. Get the recipe for Chile-Pomegranate Paloma » Matt Taylor-Gross
A snack-sized negroni with a savory agave twist from bartender Tristan Willey of Long Island Bar.
Get the recipe for Tinegroni »
This refreshing tequila cocktail comes from the team behind Los Angeles’
The Walker Inn. Inspired by the Pacific Coast Highway, it’s infused with grapefruit and pisco, then softened with floral Lillet Blanc. Get the recipe for The Malibu »
Exceedingly well-balanced, this juicy cocktail from John Karangis of
Union Square Events gets its sweetness from yellow watermelon, herbal freshness from Chartreuse and basil, and an astringent kick from tequila. While red watermelon will work in a pinch, you won’t get the clarity of color unless you spring for the yellow. Get the recipe for Watermelon-Basil Cocktail »
Tequila, agave nectar, and cantaloupe purée get shaken up in this summery cocktail from Houston’s
The Pastry War. Get the recipe for Bala de Canon »
This refreshing, fragrant drink is served at
The Marliave restaurant in Boston. It mixes grassy tequila with spicy ginger beer and a syrup infused with bergamot-flavored Earl Grey tea.
Get the recipe for Boston Tea Party »
This flavor-packed sipper is served alongside a neat glass of tequila at La Tequila in Guadalajara, Mexico. Do as many Mexicans do: A sip of tequila, a sip of sangrita—repeat, for the best experience.
Ge the recipe for Tomato and Orange Sangrita »
Danny Sanchez of Rancho Pescadero in Mexico gave us the recipe for this vibrant, summery cocktail in honor of our 21st birthday. He starts with a tea made from dried hibiscus, then adds tequila, a rosemary-infused simple syrup, and lime juice.
Get the recipe for Romero and Julieta »
This tequila and cantaloupe cocktail from Edinburgh’s
The Lucky Liquor Co. is refreshing and fruity, making it the perfect summer drink. Get the recipe for Calavera Catrina »
Use an aged cachaça like Avuà Amburana to add warm depth to this fruity drink.
Get the recipe for Strawberry Cachaça Shake »
Tequila and cardamom is an unexpected combination, but it works beautifully with the help of lime and grapefruit juice.
Get the recipe for The Soul Train »
This lemonade is rendered smoky-sweet with the juice of grilled lemons and limes and toasted simple syrup, which has a mild caramel flavor that does a lot to complement the grilled fruit.
Get the recipe for Smoked Lemon-Lime-Ade »
This flavor-packed sipper is served alongside a neat glass of tequila at La Mezcaleria in Ajijic, Mexico. Do as many Mexicans do: A sip of tequila, a sip of sangrita—repeat, for the best experience.
Get the recipe for Cilantro, Chile, and Pineapple Sangrita »
Our twist on the classic tequila and grapefruit cocktail uses mezcal, fresh grapefruit juice, and lavender simple syrup for a drink that’s simultaneously smoky, bright, and floral.
Get the recipe for Lavender Paloma >>