There’s so much more to Mexican cocktails than just the margarita! Here are more drinks that are worth adding to your repertoire.
There’s more to Mexican cocktails than the margarita! Of course, the Classic Margarita is a thing of beauty (as are its endless variations). But if you’re looking for other options for Mexican drinks: there are so many to try! Make sure to have a big bottle of tequila at the ready.
Just what is considered a Mexican cocktail? This list of favorites contains the following main categories of drinks:
- Authentic Mexican drinks that are popular in Mexico, like the Paloma and michelada
- Tequila spins on classic cocktails like the Mexican mule and Bloody Maria
And now…the top Mexican cocktails to try!
What tequila to use
Many of these Mexican cocktails use tequila…because it’s the national spirit! Made from the agave plant, tequila is made in the region around the Mexican city of Tequila in the state of Jalisco. Here are a few notes about the tequila to look for:
- Buy a good tequila! A cocktail is only as good as the alcohol you use. Look for a mid-price range tequila (or above): this is typically directly related to quality.
- Tequila blanco (or “new” tequila) has been aged less than 2 months and has a strong, straightforward flavor. Use in easy drinks like a Frozen Margarita.
- Tequila reposado (“rested” in Spanish) is aged longer, from 2 to 12 months. It has a more nuanced flavor, with notes of oak and vanilla. Use in classy drinks like the Classic Margarita or Cadillac Margarita.
The Mexican mule is a tequila-based spin on the classic Moscow mule: perhaps even better than the original! It’s crisp, bold, and full of flavor.
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) tequila
- 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lime juice
- 4 ounces (1/2 cup) ginger beer
- For the garnish: lime slice
- In a copper mug or glass, pour in the tequila, lime juice, and ginger beer.
- Add ice and garnish with a lime slice. Serve immediately.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Poured
- Cuisine: Mexican
Keywords: Mexican cocktails, Mexican mule
More Latin style cocktails
Here are a few more great cocktails that come from Latin America:
- Pisco Sour The magic meld of pisco and lime in this Peruvian sour gives it flavor like none other.
- Caiprinha Brazil’s national drink is uniquely refreshing! Made with cachaça and lime, it’s truly one of a kind.
- Classic Mojito Here’s a classic mojito recipe, perfectly balanced with lime, rum and fresh mint! This iconic Cuban cocktail is refreshing and just sweet enough.
- Classic Daiquiri The Classic Daiquiri is an easy classic from Cuba: it’s just rum, lime juice, and sweetener.
- Hemingway Daiquiri A sophisticated spin on the classic, this one features grapefruit and Maraschino liqueur.
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.