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There’s so much more to Mexican cocktails than just the margarita! Here are more drinks that are worth adding to your repertoire.

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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, margarita, chelada, 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.
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Mexican mule

Top Mexican Cocktails

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutees
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 21 minute
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
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There’s so much more to Mexican cocktails than just the margarita! Here are the drinks that are worth adding to your repertoire, both traditional Mexican and tequila spins on classics. 



For the Margarita

  • 1 ½ ounces* tequila blanco or reposado
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • Kosher salt or flaky sea salt, for the rim
  • For the garnish: Lime wedge

For the Paloma

  • 4 tablespoons tequila blanco
  • 4 tablespoons fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or simple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons soda water
  • Flaky sea salt & grapefruit wedge, for the garnish

For the Mexican Mule

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • For the garnish: lime slice


  1. For the Margarita: Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run the lime around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of salt. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 4 ice cubes and shake until cold. Strain the margarita into the glass with the salted rim. Fill the glass with ice and serve.
  2. For the Paloma: Cut a notch in the grapefruit wedge, then run the grapefruit around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of flaky sea salt. To the glass, add the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, syrup and stir until combined. Fill the glass with ice (clear ice if you want to get fancy!). Top with soda water and serve!
  3. For the Mexican Mule: 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.


*To convert to ounces, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Poured
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan

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 & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. SyllableCounter says:

    I love Mexican cocktails! These are some of my favorites.

  2. Charles Wouters says:

    Nice and tasty cocktails
    Is it possible to send me the recipe for a Mango Tango
    I drank it a lot during my holiday in Mexico last month

    Charles Wouters

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      We don’t have that one!