Whether you have been loving tequila for a long time, or you are new to the tequila scene, there are six super classic tequila cocktails you should master. Especially if you like to entertain at home or like to be the designated bartender at any party. If you have these 6 tequila cocktail recipes in your back-pocket you can whip up really delicious tequila cocktails for your friends at a moments notice.
The 6 Classic Tequila Cocktails
There are 3 main types of tequila to use with the classic tequila cocktails; Silver/Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo.
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Silver/Blanco is the youngest and freshest tequila. It is clear in color and has an earthy, salty, and limey flavor. It is used in citrusy cocktails like margaritas and palomas. It is somewhat interchangeable with Reposado, but not with Añejo.
Añejo is the aged tequila that is darker in color. It has amazing flavor of caramel and vanilla. It is best served on the rocks or with minimal mixers. It is not really interchangeable with Reposado Tequila and definitely not interchangeable with Silver Tequila.
Reposado is a mix of Silver and Añejo Tequilas. It is a very light brown in color and mild in flavor.
There are two main ingredients you need to make a really good margarita; fresh limes and a good silver tequila.
Believe it or not, a Frozen Margarita is not just a regular Margarita blended up. There is a little adjusting to do to compensate for all the ice!
When you need a tequila cocktail that is simple to make and has few ingredients, the Tequila Soda is it! Serve with lemon, lime or orange wedge to change up the flavor.
A real traditional Paloma is super easy to make. Just make sure to grab some grapefruit soda and a fresh grapefruit or lime for a garnish.
Not sure this is a “classic” recipe, but a Ranch Water is super popular now, they even come in a can! But you just need 3 ingredients; silver tequila, a bottle of Topo Chico, and a lime.
Tequila On The Rocks
If you get really into tequila cocktails you may even want to try sipping it on the rocks. We like to do this Añejo (aged) Tequila.
More Tequila Cocktail Recipes…
Once you have mastered the six classic Tequila Cocktails above, you can move on to something more complex. Here are a few of my favorites.