The Mixology Talk Podcast, Episode Sixteen

Why do so few great cocktails use Tequila?  This week we’re giving Tequila some time in the limelight! (Yes, pun intended.)

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In today’s Episode…

Last week, Chris and I stayed in the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. Being there, of course needed to try out some drinks with the most famous Mexican spirit – Tequila!

At the bar, I asked Chris to shed some light on what I should order. He suggested the usual: there’s the Margarita, a Tequila Sunrise perhaps, and a drink I have never heard of called the “Paloma”. But that was it! Even though tequila is an incredibly versatile spirit, it seems like it’s been relegated to just a couple of drink recipes.

Today we’re going to swap Tequila into some other great recipes to give you a couple more great Tequila drink options

Check out these 5 recipes that uses tequila instead of the “usual” ingredients!

1. Tonic & Tequila


  • 2 oz Blanco / Silver Tequila
  • 5 oz Tonic Water
  • 1 lime Wedge


Pour the Tequila and the tonic water into a highball glass almost filled with ice cubes. Stir well. Garnish with the lime wedge.

2. Bloody Maria


  • Celery Salt
  • 2 oz Blanco / Silver Tequila
  • 4 oz Tomato Juice
  • 2 dashes of Tobasco Sauce
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch celery salt
  • 1 pinch Ground Black Pepper (or to taste)


  • Lime Wedge
  • Celery Stalk


Rim a highball glass with celery salt and fill with ice. Add all cocktail ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.  Strain into the prepared glass and garnish with the lime wedge and celery stalk.

3. Spanish Mule


  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 4 to 6 oz Ginger Beer


Squeeze lime juice into a Collins glass and drop in the spent shell. Add 2 or 3 ice cubes, then pour in the tequila and fill with cold ginger beer.

4. La Palabra Final


  • 3/4 ounce Tequila
  • 3/4 ounce Lime Juice
  • 3/4 ounce Green Chartreuse
  • 3/4 ounce Maraschino Liqueur


Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

5. Mexico City


  • 1 1/2 oz Reposado or Anejo Tequila
  • 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Brandied Cherry
  • Orange Twist


Combine the Tequila, Vermouth & Bitters in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with a brandied cherry and orange twist.

Closing Thoughts

When switching Tequila into other drinks, make sure you try to choose a type of Tequila that’s seen a similar amount of time in barrels.  For example, when replacing Gin we chose Blanco Tequila since neither has spent any time in barrels.

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