20 Tequila Cocktail Recipes to Have in Your Party Arsenal

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Because we've never heard of anyone having a quiet evening at home after a round of hearty tequila cocktails, we say that if you're going to rage against the dying of the light, you might as well do it with drinks that go down easy, too. Below, delicious and easy-on-the-eyes tequila concoctions made to impress at gatherings or solo parties. Servings: as many as it takes.

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1 Platinum Margarita


2 oz. Platinum Patrón Tequila 

1 oz. Dolin

2 dash Rose Water 

.25 oz. Agave Syrup

.5 oz. Lime Juice


Stir all ingredients with ice for 30 seconds then pour in a mixing glass. Optional: in a mixing glass add 1 bar spoon of edible platinum color and 1 pinch of xanthum gum. Stir for 10 seconds then pour in your coupe glass. Garnish with an edible orchid.

Courtesy of Patrón 

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2 Garden Party


1 1/4 oz. Tequila Don Julio Reposado

1/2 oz. Orange Liqueur

1/4 oz. Honey Syrup

1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Lime Wheel, for garnish


Combine Tequila Don Julio Reposado, orange liqueur, honey syrup, fresh lemon juice, and Angostura bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a double old fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish with lime wheel.

Created by mixologist Erin Ashford

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3 Pomegranate Margarita


2 oz. Tequila

2 oz. Pomegranate Juice

1 oz. Lime Juice

1oz. Simple Syrup

Sparkling Ice Essence of Lemon Lime

Vanilla Flake Salt Rim, for garnish

Lime Wedge, for garnish


Rim glass with a lime and dip into salt, then fill glass with ice and set to the side. In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine tequila, pomegranate juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and shake. Strain into glasses and top with Lemon Lime Sparkling Ice, then stir lightly to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Courtesy of Sparkling Ice

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4 The Rubus Fashioned


2 oz. 1800® Añejo

3 dashes of Chocolate Bitters

2 dashes of Angostura Bitters

Cane Sugar Cube

3 Raspberries


Add sugar cube, bitters, and raspberries to mixing glass. Muddle ingredients together. Add 1800® Añejo and ice and stir for 10 seconds. Strain over ice in rocks glass. Garnish with orange peel and raspberries. Serve dirty. 

Courtesy of 1800 Añejo

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5 Teq-Kiwi


1 ½ parts Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila

¾ part Fresh Lemon Juice

½ part Simple Syrup



Black Sea Salt

Crushed Black Pepper


Lightly muddle ½ kiwi and 2 sprigs dill in a shaker. Combine remainder of ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with kiwi slices and a black sea salt and crushed black pepper rim.

Courtesy of Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila

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6 Ode to Atole


1 1/4 oz. Tequila Don Julio Añejo

1 tsp. Sweet Vermouth

1 tsp. Turbinado Sugar

1 dash Bittermen's Mole Bitters

2 dashes Orange Bitters

Orange Peel, for garnish


Combine Tequila Don Julio Añejo, sweet vermouth, turbinado sugar, Bittermen's mole bitters, and orange bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a double old fashioned glass over fresh ice. Garnish with orange peel.

Created by mixologist Erin Ashford 

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7 Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita


1 1/2 oz. Tequila Don Julio Blanco

4 oz. Fresh Watermelon Juice

3/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1 tsp. Jalapeño Simple Syrup* (or add to taste)

1 Thinly Sliced Jalapeño

Chili Lime Salt and Lime Wheel for Garnish


Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh watermelon juice, fresh lime juice, jalapeño simple syrup, and a jalapeño slice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a rocks glass with fresh ice and chili lime salt rim. Garnish with lime wheel.

*Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add jalapeño slices and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10-12 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat. Cover and allow jalapeños to steep for 10 minutes. Strain contents and let cool.

Created by Lilliana Vasquez

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8 Holiday in Jalisco


2 oz. Espelon Blanco Tequila

.5 oz. Jalapeno Syrup

.75 oz. Lime Juice

.5 oz. Pineapple Juice

.25 oz. Simple Syrup


Shake with cubes and strain over fresh ice. Top with 1.5 oz club soda. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a leaf.

Courtesy of Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

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9 Italian Stallion


2 Dashes Scrappy's Chocolate Bitters

1 Small Rosemary Sprig

1 oz. Casamigos Repasado Tequila

1 oz. Lazzaroni Amaretto

1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

3/4 oz. Egg Whites

1/4 oz. Agave Syrup


Add all ingredients into mixing tin, dry shake without ice.,Then add ice and shake vigorously. Then double strain with tea strainer, into martini coupe. Garnish with a rosemary sprig skewered lemon peel and/or edible flowers.

Courtesy of Bottiglia Cucina & Enoteca

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10 Mango Mint Tea Mojito


2 oz. Patrón Citrónge Mango

3 oz. Fresh Lemonade

3 oz. Unsweetened Iced Tea

6-8 Mint Leaves


Tear mint leaves and add to a tall glass over ice. Pour remaining ingredients, stir, and serve. Garnish with lemon wheel and mint.

Courtesy of Patrón

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