Tequila isn’t just for shots and margaritas.
There are so many more options available, most you probably already have in your refrigerator. Although the Mexican spirit is flavorful, this complex alcohol can be mixed with another flavor to take the edge off.
If you are looking for some new ideas to mix your favorite tequila with, you’ve come to the right place. These five ingredients are the best mixers for tequila. Unless you’re drinking extra añejo, which is fine on its own, you’re going to want to give these a try.
Grab your favorite bottle of tequila, and let’s get to mixing.
The tropical taste of pineapple juice pairs perfectly with the mineral and salty flavor that comes from tequila. The two are a match made in heaven. The fresh pineapple juice will make the drink bright and tart. You can pair it with any variation of tequila – Blanco, reposado, or añejo. You could even add a splash of club soda to cut the sweetness if using store-bought pineapple juice.
We all know that mixing tomato juice with vodka is essentially a Bloody Mary but, mixing it with tequila will become a new brunch staple. The tomato flavor brings forth the vegetal earthiness that tequila has. Similar to a Bloody Maria (a Bloody Mary but made with tequila) except you don’t need to add any extras, as the tequila and tomato juice pair well alone.
Ginger beer makes a tasty mixer for tequila. Think of a Moscow Mule but using tequila rather than vodka. The snappy flavor that ginger beer brings pairs nicely with the spice of tequila. Add a squeeze of lime for some citrus.
The agave spirit can be drunk on its own but adding a dash of agave syrup gives the drink an extra sweetness. If adding the agave syrup on its own is too sweet for you, mix it with some water (two parts agave to one part water). The syrup mixes great with a reposado or añejo for that extra depth of flavor and richness.
Similar to a Paloma, but mixing tequila with fresh grapefruit juice is refreshing and bright. The bitter flavor that grapefruit juice brings mixes well with a Blanco or reposado tequila as the base. Use a Blanco tequila for a light and bright drink and a reposado for a rich and decadent taste. Adding in a squeeze of lime will bring forth the citrus notes.