The Best Simple Tequila Cocktails

Perfect for Cinco de Mayo, weekends, long lunches, and just enjoying while hanging out… tequila will really pamper you!

Tequila is popular for a reason… good tequila can really spoil you. 2021 was the year whiskey was overtaken as the second most popular liquor. It's only behind vodka. Celebrity tequilas were a big help to George Clooney, who sold his Casamigos brand for $1 billion.

If you're thinking about staying in swimsuit shape, tequila is your friend—chilled and neat is great. With 97 calories per shot, it's one of the best drinks around. And it contains 0g carbohydrates, 0g fat per serving and 0g saturated fat.

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To celebrate its success, here are the best easy tequila cocktails. And FYI, all tequila is mezcal. The term mezcal refers to spirits made from the agave plant, while tequila refers to a specific type of mezcal that can only be made from blue Weber agave in five Mexican states. Reposado tequila stays in barrel for two months to a year, depending on the flavor profile the distiller wants to achieve.

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This is a classic, simple cocktail that will make you happy. The origin is somewhat unclear, but is generally attributed to Javier Delgado Corona, the owner of the oldest bar in Jalisco – La Capilla. More importantly, you will simply be grateful for this drink and its refreshing feeling.


  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice, plus wedges for garnish
  • 2 ounces sparkling water
  • ½ ounce Lime juice
  • ¼ ounce Agave syrup or simple syrup, or to taste
  • Coarse sea salt, for the rim of the glasses
  • Ice


  • Salt the rim of the glass by rubbing a slice of grapefruit over the rim and dipping it onto a small plate of salt.

  • Mix tequila, grapefruit juice, mineral water, lime juice and agave syrup in the glass. Fill the rest of the glass with ice. Adjust sweetness to taste. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

Mexican mule

For some, the Moscow Mule is a good choice, but how about a warmer, more flavorful substitute?


  • 1 ½ oz. Silver or Reposado tequila
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 piece of pineapple
  • 4 oz. Ginger ale


  1. Combine the lime wedge and pineapple (if using) in the bottom of a chilled glass or Moscow Mule mug
  2. Mix the lime with the pineapple
  3. Add tequila and stir
  4. Add ice and top with the ginger beer

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Bloody Mary

Although it was invented as a Bloody Mary alternative, it actually came onto the scene in the 1940s. Bartender Fernand Petiot is credited


  • Tequila Reposado or White
  • Mexican hot sauce
  • Celery salt
  • Black pepper
  • Tomato juice
  • lemon juice
  • Worcester sauce
  • horseradish
  • Celery salt
  • Black pepper


  • First let the tomato juice/mixture and tequila cool down
  • Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker without ice
  • Strain and when it's time, let cool. Straining removes the horseradish pieces from the drink
  • Rim the glass and garnish
  • Serve over ice with your choice of garnishes.

tequila Sunrise

Whether on college campuses or on all sorts of boozy adventures, Tequila Sunrise is a treat for the taste buds.


  • 2 ounces. tequila
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 0.5 oz. lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz. Grenadine
  • Garnish with a cherry


  • Mix tequila and juices in a shaker
  • Add ice, shake vigorously and strain into a glass
  • Add grenadine and garnish

May you enjoy these best easy tequila cocktails morning, noon and night!

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