Tequila is one of the spirits that suits everything – well, almost everything. Although it is usually known as a shot, which is often drunk with salt and lemon, you can not really be wrong with different combinations of mixed drinks.
Whether you're a die-hard tequila fan who wants to try something new, a tequila beginner trying to disguise the taste, or you're just tired of sipping on frozen margaritas, Tequila caters for all tastes something.
There are a few things to note, however. In contrast to vodka, rum, or other spirits, the taste of tequila goes down much faster. Therefore, it is recommended never to go beyond a 1: 4 ratio of tequila to mixed drink.
Otherwise, the imagination is almost limitless, but to make it a little easier for you, we have a selection on our side Cocktail recipes compiled.
But it does not always have to be so elaborate, even very simple variants can surprise you, for example, you can mix tequila with cola, add some lime juice and the drink is ready. The same works if you mix tequila with sprite, the acid of the sprite harmonizes very well.
Enclosed we have created a list for you that shows different variants to mix tequila with just one more ingredient:
Tequila + soda
This is the absolute standard of tequila cocktails with two ingredients – besides the margarita it is probably the most popular combination. Normal soda works, but you should preferably use soda with a high mineral content. Garnish this cocktail with a slice of lemon, which you pour into the drink. Even if it's lime, orange or grapefruit, that's up to you.
Tequila + grapefruit soda
Essentially, this is a Paloma. This cocktail is one of the most popular ways to drink tequila in Mexico (it's called tequila con squirt). It is light, lemony and slightly bitter. Depending on your preference, you can use a Blanco or a Reposado Tequila for the base of the cocktail. A Blanco tequila keeps the drink light and fresh, while a reposado tequila makes it more full-bodied. As a topping we recommend a slice of lime (which you should definitely in the drink) and a pinch of sea salt.
Tequila + pineapple juice
Pineapple juice and tequila were made for each other. Together, they harmonize with a grassy, herbal, tropical and peppery cocktail. While fresh pineapple juice is the optimal beverage, ready-made pineapple juice is a viable alternative (depending on the sweetness, you may need to add a dash of soda). The best part is that literally every tequila – be it a blanco, reposado or añejo – can serve as the basis of this drink.
Tequila + orange juice
This breakfast cocktail is even better than its vodka-based cousin. Whether you use fresh orange juice, or a bottled version, the drink is refreshing, light and very tasty. If you use fresh orange juice, be sure to let air into the juice – it is best to use a whisk or a high speed citrus press. This makes the drink almost creamy and goes perfectly with the vanilla notes in a reposado tequila.
Tequila + agave syrup
Mix these two ingredients together and you have a Tequila Old Fashioned without the bitter substances. You only need a mixing glass, a bar spoon, a tray of fine ice, agave syrup (preferably two parts agave to one part water) and a bottle of your favorite tequila. A Blanco tequila would technically work as the basis of this cocktail, but it is better to use a Reposado or Añejo, as it has more depth and aroma.
Have fun trying!