20 Tequila Cocktail Recipes to Have in Your Party Arsenal

Do not go gentle into that good night.

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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 

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

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.

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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

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

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 

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

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

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

10 Mango Mint Tea Mojito
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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

11 Centinela Paloma


1 1/2 oz. Centinela Reposado Tequila

3/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

2 oz. Fresh Orange Juice

6 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice

4 oz. Grapefruit Soda

Agave Nectar, to taste

Orange and Cherries wedge, for garnish


Mix all the ingredients and ice cubes in a tall glass. Garnish with orange wedge and a cherry.

Courtesy of Phillips Distilling

12 Pineapple Paraiso


1.5 oz. Cabrito Blanco

.5 oz. Suze Liqueur

1 whole Cara Cara Orange Squeezed

4 Chunks Pineapple (Muddled)

Ginger/Sage (Muddled)

.75 oz. Lime Juice

.25 oz. Agave Nectar


Hard shake, double strain into Leopold coupe. Garnish with black pepper and sage.

Courtesy of Tequila Cabrito

13 Watermelon Crush


2 parts Tres Agaves Blanco

3-4 pieces Watermelon

½ part Hibiscus Syrup (Boil hibiscus tea; once hot, add in equal parts white sugar to the tea and let dissolve)

¾ part Lime Juice

½ part Coconut Water


Muddle watermelon and combine all ingredients. Shake and strain into a highball. Garnish with a thin watermelon slice.

Created by Pamela Wiznitzer, USBG NY Chapter President and Creative Director Seamstress, NY

14 Twisted Bocktail


1 ¼ parts Tres Agaves Reposado

¾ part Lemon

½ part Cointreau

½ part Simple Syrup



Combine all ingredients minus the beer; shake and strain into a highball. Top with beer and garnish with lemon.

Created by Pamela Wiznitzer, USBG NY Chapter President and Creative Director Seamstress, NY

15 Green With Envy


1 ¾ parts CRUZ Reposado Tequila

¾ part Lime

¾ part Honey Water

2-3 pieces Green Pepper

Dash of Cayenne


Shake and strain into a lowball glass rimmed with a cayenne, sea salt and white pepper rim.

Created by Pamela Wiznitzer, USBG NY Chapter President and Creative Director Seamstress, NY

16 Sparkling Tequila Sunrise


2 oz. Orange Juice

2 oz. Tequila

½ oz. Grenadine

2 oz. Tangerine Sparkling Water


Fill a tall glass with ice cubes, then the orange juice, and tequila. Top with Tangerine Sparkling water and grenadine, then garnish with a maraschino cherry and orange slice and serve.

Courtesy of Sparkling Ice

17 Star of the Show
Courtesy of Azure at the Palazzo


2 oz. Casa Noble Reposado

½ oz. Alessio Chinato Vermouth

1 oz. Fresh Fruitations Grapefruit Mixer

½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

½ oz. Wilks & Wilson Orgeat Syrup

2 oz. San Pellegrino Limonata


Combine all ingredients except for soda and shake with ice. Add soda to mixture and strain over fresh ice. Garnish: Paper Straw, Fresh Grapefruit Peel, Rimmer of Aleppo Pepper and Lime (Junior Merino Brand).

Courtesy of Azure at The Palazzo

18 Coconut Lime Pop-Rita


1 GoodPop Coconut Lime

1.5 oz. Tequila

2 oz. Soda

1-2 Lime Wedges


Place GoodPop in glass and pour over tequila. Add soda to taste and garnish with lime wedges.

Courtesy of GoodPop

19 Cabo Green Margarita
Courtesy of Esperanza, An Auberge Resort


2 oz. Silver Tequila (100% blue agave)

1 oz. Pineapple Juice

4 slices Cucumber

1 ½ slices Cucumber, for decoration

7 leaves Fresh Cilantro

½ oz. Freshly Squeezed Lime

½ oz. Agave Honey or Simple Syrup


1 tsp. Powder Pepper ("Tajin", seasoning chili pepper, lime & salt powder) (optional)


Put the 4 slices of cucumber, the leaves of cilantro, and the tequila in a shaker, mashed with a pestle and strain it. Add the rest of ingredients in the shaker (except the "Tajin" powder), fill the shaker with ice, and shake it for 10 seconds; serve it in a margarita or whiskey glass rimmed with "Tajin". If you prefer to have your Cabo Green Margarita frozen, add all the ingredients (except the "Tajin" powder) into a blender.

Courtesy of Esperanza, an Auberge Resort

20 The Gem of Summer
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2-3 oz. Malali Watermelon DRY Sparkling

1 1/2 oz. Tequila

1/2 oz. Simple Syrup

1/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

3 Leaves of Sage

2 Lime Wheels


Add 2 sage leaves to a cocktail shaker and bruise with a muddler. Add tequila, simple syrup, lime juice, and ice, then shake together. Strain into a collins glass with ice, then top with Malali Watermelon DRY Sparkling. Garnish with watermelon and a sage leaf.

Courtesy of DRY Sparkling

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