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11 Tequila and Mezcal Cocktails to Try Right Now

Go beyond the classic Margarita with these creative tequila and mezcal drinks.

Paloma Image: / Tim Nusog

Tequila doesn’t have to just be served in shots or Margaritas, though it’s fun to riff on that classic, and we’ve included a few variations. See the other side of the beloved spirit with these 11 drinks you can try at home.

  • Spicy Mint Avocado Margarita

    Spicy Mint Avocado Margarita / Tim Nusog

    Heat things up with this Margarita variation. Fresh lime juice, blanco tequila, orange liqueur and simple syrup combine to make a traditional base that’s spiced up with fresh jalapeño pepper and then cooled down with avocado. Serve in a salt-rimmed glass with a mint sprig.

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  • Tequila Manhattan

    Tequila Manhattan

    Matt Armato

    This spin on a classic brings the Manhattan south of the border. Reposado tequila, sweet vermouth and orange bitters combine to make a drink that’s rich, intriguing and boozy. Garnish with an orange peel for a burst of brightness to round it all out.

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  • Eau de Lavender

    Eau de Lavender

    Linnea Covington

    Bring out tequila’s softer side with this taste of spring in a cup. Shake tequila, fresh lemon juice, honey syrup, an egg white and lavender bitters until frothy, then strain and garnish with a fresh lavender sprig.

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  • Breakfast Margarita

    Breakfast Margarita / Tim Nusog

    Who says you can’t start your day with a cocktail? This variation on the classic employs orange marmalade along with the traditional tequila, lime, Cointreau and agave for a brunch-friendly drink. Garnish with an orange slice and pair it with pancakes. 

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  • Conflict & Compromise

    Conflict & Compromise / Tim Nusog

    Got a bottle of Midori lying around? Then you should definitely use it to make this cocktail. The melon-flavored liqueur melds with tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, jalapeño and cilantro to make an herbal concoction with just the right amount of heat.

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  • Bloody Maria

    Bloody Maria 

    Bring tequila into your brunch with this spin on a classic Bloody Mary. The spirit gives tomato juice and fresh lemon juice a different flavor, while two kinds of hot sauce and a hefty dash of horseradish bring the heat. Garnish with fresh veggies and a little queso fresco to complete the drink.

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  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Tequila Mockingbird cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Sip a little bit of summer. Silver tequila, fresh watermelon, fresh lime juice, agave syrup and jalapeño combine to make a drink that’s light and refreshing any time of year but particularly great when enjoyed in the sunshine.

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  • Mayahuel

    Mayahuel / Tim Nusog

    This Margarita twist adds ginger liqueur, fresh orange juice, mint leaves and orange bitters into the usual mix for a fresh-flavored and gently spicy rendition of the drink. Serve in a wine glass and garnish with a mint sprig to emphasize this is no ordinary Margarita.

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  • Rosemary Mezcal Negroni

    Rosemary Mezcal Negroni / Tim Nusog

    The Negroni gets a south-of-the-border spin with mezcal subbing in for the usual gin, plus an herbal kick from rosemary-infused Campari. Garnish with grapefruit peel and smoked rosemary sprig to accentuate the mezcal’s smoky flavor.

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  • Pimm's Coupe

    Pimm's Coupe / Tim Nusog

    This unexpected riff on the sour format adds Pimm's No. 1 liqueur to an otherwise-standard combination of mezcal, lemon juice and simple syrup. A garnish of a lemon twist and a strawberry (fresh or dehydrated) adds extra allure.

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  • Paloma

    Paloma / Tim Nusog

    It’s a classic for a reason. With just three ingredients—tequila, fresh lime juice and grapefruit soda—the Paloma couldn’t be easier to make, and the resulting refresher is ideal for year-round sipping.

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