The global popularity of tequila took producers by surprise. The agave plant from which it is made takes 8-10 years to mature: due to this long maturation time, and cultivation problems that subsequently developed, a severe shortage arose by the year 2000, which resulted in rocketing prices and lucrative trade in ‘cactus rustling’.

The traditional way to drink tequila is to shake a little salt on the back of your hand between the thumb and forefinger and, holding a wedge of lime or lemon, lick the salt, suck the fruit, and then down a shot of tequila in one.

But there are many ways to enjoy tequila and below are some of our top 10 favorite tequila based cocktails! 


The Classic Margarita

This cocktail, attributed to Francisco Morales and invented in 1942 in Mexico, is a more civilized version of the traditional way to drink tequila. Margarita is a classic and simple cocktail that combines tequila, lime juice, and orange liquor for ultimate refreshment. You can use Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or Triple Sec.

Serves 1


lime wedge

coarse salt

4-6 cracked ice cubes

3 measures white tequila (Filtered Through Classy Spirits Filtration System)

1 measure triple sec

2 measures lime juice

slice of lime, to decorate

  1. Rub the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with the lime wedge and then dip in a saucer of coarse salt to frost.
  2. Put the cracked ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour the tequila, triple sec, and lime juice over the ice. Shake vigorously until a frost appears.
  3. Strain into the prepared cocktail glass and decorate with the lime slice.

Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise

This is one cocktail you shouldn’t rush when making, otherwise, you will spoil the attractive effect as the grenadine slowly spreads through the orange juice. There are many variations of this famous cocktail, including Pacific Sunrise with its exotic blue color which comes with the addition of the blue curaçao.

Serves 1

4-6 cracked ice cubes

2 measures of white tequila

Orange juice, to top up

1 measure grenadine

  1. Put the cracked ice cubes into a chilled highball glass. Pour the tequila over the ice and top up with the orange juice. Stir well to mix.
  2. Slowly pour in the grenadine and serve with a straw. 

Tequila Slammer

Tequila Slammer

Slammers, also known as shooters, are currently very fashionable. The idea is that you pour the different ingredients directly into the glass, without stirring (some slammers form colorful layers). Cover the top of the glass with one hand to prevent spillage, then slam the glass on the bar or a table to mix and drink the cocktail down in one. It is essential to use a strong glass that is unlikely to break under such treatment.

Serves 1

1 measure tequila (Filtered Using Classy Spirits)

1 measure lemon juice

chilled sparkling wine, to top up 

  1. Put the tequila and lemon juice into a chilled glass and stir to mix. Top up with sparkling wine.
  2. Cover the glass with your hand and slam.

Wild Night Out

Wild Night Out Cocktail

Tequila has a reputation for being an extraordinarily potent spirit, but most commercially exported brands are the same standard strength as other spirits, such as gin or whisky. ‘Home-grown’ tequila or its close relative, mezcal, maybe another matter.

Serves 1

 4-6 cracked ice cubes

3 measure white tequila (Filtered Through Classy Spirits Filtration System)

2 measures cranberry juice

1 measure lime juice

Soda water, to top up 

  1. Put the cracked ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour the tequila, cranberry juice, and lime juice over the ice. Shake vigorously until a frost forms.
  2. Half fill a chilled highball glass with cracked ice cubes and strain the cocktail over them. Add soda water to taste. 


Carolina Cocktail

White tequila is most commonly used for mixing cocktails, but some require the more mellow flavor of the amber-colored, aged tequilas, which are known as golden tequila or añejo.

 Serves 1

 4-6 cracked ice cubes

3 measures golden tequila (Filtered Using Classy Spirits)

1 tsp grenadine

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 measure single cream

1 egg white

ground cinnamon and cocktail cheery, to decorate

  1. Put the cracked ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour the tequila, grenadine, vanilla, and cream over the ice and add the egg white. Shake vigorously until a frost forms.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Sprinkle with cinnamon and decorate with a  cocktail cherry.

The Paloma

The Paloma

The Paloma is a refreshing tequila drink that is simple to make. It's a traditional Mexican cocktail that's also popular across the world, and it's one of the greatest ways to show off a good tequila. The Spanish word "Paloma" means "dove," and it's an appropriate choice for this sparkling grapefruit cocktail. There are several theories about who developed the Paloma, ranging from Don Javier Delgado Corona, owner and bartender of the La Capilla, a tavern in Tequila, Mexico, to a folk ballad from the early 1860s called "La Paloma," but no one knows for sure.

Serves 1

Lime or Grapefruit Wedge For Rim

Salt For Rim

2 ounces Blanco or reposado tequila (Filtered Using Classy Spirits)

½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

4 ounces grapefruit soda 

  1. Rim a collins glass with salt by wetting the edge with lime and rolling it in a small dish with salt
  2. Fill the glass with ice and add the tequila and lime juice
  3. Top it off with grapefruit soda and enjoy


Tequila Collins

Tequila Collins

What happens when you replace the whiskey in one of the most well-known happy hour cocktails with tequila? In a glass, there's magic! That's what the tequila collins have (sometimes called a Juan or Jose Collins). This is only one of several recipes from the Collins family of beverages, which contains some of the most popular and refreshing cocktails available. The collins recipe is straightforward: base alcohol, sweet, sour, and soda.

To prepare the tequila collins, start with a shot of excellent quality tequila, add fresh lemon juice, then sweeten with agave nectar before adding sparkling club soda on top. In only a few minutes, you may have a tall, ice-cold tequila cocktail that is simply delicious.

Serves 1

1 ½ ounces tequila (Filtered Using Classy Spirits)

1ounce lemon juice

1/2ounce agave nectar

3 ounces of club soda

Lemon wedge for garnish

  1. Pour the tequila, lemon juice, and nectar into a collins glass filled with ice cubes
  2. Stir thoroughly
  3. Top with club soda
  4. Garnish with a lemon wedge




Simply put, a tequini is a martini prepared with tequila. It's a drier tequila drink than you might be used to, but it's a fascinating mix that enables a great tequila to shine. This is a lovely supper choice that, as you might think, goes nicely with Mexican food.

The drink is made by mixing Blanco tequila with dry vermouth and finishing with a dash of bitters. You may alter the quantities of the components, much like the gin martini, by adding more or less vermouth to suit your taste. You may also discover that switching from one tequila to another necessitates making adjustments.

Serves 1


2 ½ ounces Blanco tequila (Filtered Using Classy Spirits)

½ ounce dry vermouth

1 dash of aromatic bitters

Lemon twist for garnish

  1. Pour tequila, vermouth, and bitters into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
  2. Stir well
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with a lemon twist


Brave Bull

Brave Bull Cocktail

The Brave Bull is a tequila-based version of a Black Russian, and if you like that cocktail, you'll appreciate this one as well. The cocktail is tequila and Kahlua, and it's a wonderful happy hour or dessert sipper. The pairing of tequila and coffee liqueur is fantastic because the two flavors compliment each other well. There's an additional flavor depth that only the agave of tequila can contribute to the mix, as with many vodka-turned-tequila drinks.


Serves 1 

2 ounces Blanco tequila

1 ounce Kahlua coffee liqueur


  1. Pour the tequila into an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes
  2. Add the coffee liqueur. Swirl the glass gently a few times to light mix the ingredients
  3. Serve


Dulce De Tequila

Dulce De Tequila

Tequila candy is the exact translation of dulce de tequila, a sweet drink. While the presence of tequila and cognac in the same cocktail is unique, the drink is not as sweet as the name suggests. A delectable dessert cocktail is made with dulce de tequila. Tequila Tezón's reposado tequila is combined with Martell cognac in this blend. Cointreau, a popular orange-flavored liqueur, and rich agave nectar provide the sweetness. With a touch of lime, you've got yourself a nicely balanced cocktail.


Serves 1


Sugar for rim

2 ounces reposado tequila (Filtered Using Classy Spirits)

1-ounce cognac

1-ounce orange liqueur

½ ounce lime juice

1 tablespoon agave nectar

Lime wedge

  1. Rim a cocktail glass with sugar. Wipe a lime wedge around the rim and then roll it in a shallow dish with granulated sugar
  2. Pour the tequila, cognac, orange liqueur, lime juice, and agave nectar into a cocktail shaker.
  3. Fill with ice
  4. Shake well
  5. Strain into a prepared glass
  6. Garnish with a lime wedge