Though it’s best known for lending a spiritous backbone to the classic Margarita, tequila is an especially versatile base spirit that can be used in a number of drinks, from cobbler riffs to savory highballs. Here, a collection of our best tequila-based recipes, including an agave-driven twist on the Old-Fashioned, a dead-simple mix of cucumber, lime and chile and more.
Make It Classic
Mexico’s tequila daisy.
Julio Bermejo’s agave-sweetened take on the classic.
Mexican Firing Squad
A grenadine-fueled play on the original.
Made smoky, with mezcal.
El Vato Swizzle
A watermelon Margarita by way of Miami.
Blood Orange Margarita
The summer favorite in a winter coat.
Queen of the Underworld
Pomegranate shrub, meet tequila.
The ultimate guac-Margarita hybrid.
Intox and detox.
Make It a Highball
A sweet-tart Collins with grapefruit and soda.
Spike it with jalapeño.
A sage-laden fireside companion.
Built on lime, honey, Herbsaint and chai.
El Diablo Peppino
A ginger beer-topped refresher.
Savory, strong and powered by Campari.
Make It Spicy
The Pastry War’s ‘Spicy with Tequila’
A habanero Margarita spiked with Chartreuse.
Mexican Razor Blade
Easy, refreshing and batchable.
Ancho Reyes, tequila and lime.
Ivy Mix’s nuanced Mexican cooler.
The Tijuana Rocket
A spicy Margarita sweetened with pomegranate.
Matthew Belanger’s Margaladaoma
The Margarita-Michelada-Paloma mash-up of your dreams.
Make It Easy and Stirred
Oaxaca Old Fashioned
An agave-driven twist on the whiskey-based classic.
An easy mix of tequila, Cynar and sherry.
Complex, floral and bittersweet.
An agave nightcap sweetened with Averna and St-Germain.
Make It Refreshing and Summer-Ready
Bobby Heugel’s Tequila Sunrise
A border classic that swaps out OJ for cassis.
ABV’s Piña Verde
Bitter and refreshing, with a pineapple back.
Make It a Wildcard
Naren Young’s “everything but the kitchen sink”-inspired riff.
Word to Your Cardamom
Barolo Chinato and a hefty dose of wordplay.
Waiting for Pineau.
Fluffy and bittersweet.