Tequila and Coke is one of the easiest tequila cocktails there is (aka the Batanga)! Here’s how to take this drink to the next level.
Looking for a straight simple tequila drink? Try a Tequila and Coke: aka the Batanga! There’s something decidedly intriguing about the earthy, fruity flavor of tequila combined with the caramel flavor of cola. It gives vibes of drinking a margarita and a rum and coke at the same time! You can mix any alcohol with coke (and we have), but the tequila and coke is something special. Here’s the ratio to use, and a few tips for making the best version of this easy cocktail.
Best tequila for Tequila and Coke, aka the Batanga
We uncovered the Tequila and Coke in our tour of all the variations on a rum and coke. (We’ll get to those later.) But turns out, it’s a popular drink in Mexico, where it’s called the Batanga! Like a Rum and Coke, it’s very loose and not considered a high-brow cocktail. (It reminds us of the Tex Mex special, Ranch Water.) But it’s a legit cocktail in its own right, especially when you use good tequila.
- The best tequila for a tequila and coke? Tequila reposado. Tequila reposado is aged tequila, which is stored from 2 to 12 months. It has a nuanced flavor, with notes of oak and vanilla. It makes Tequila and Coke taste fancier than it should.
- You can also use tequila blanco. Blanco is unaged tequila, and it works too! It has a more straightforward flavor with that signature burn.
The tequila and coke ratio
Tip 1 to making the best Tequila and Coke: use the right ratio! Here’s what to pour into your glass: keeping in mind you can slightly increase it if you’re using a highball glass. The tequila and coke ratio is:
- 2 ounces tequila to 4 ounces cola OR
- 1 part tequila to 2 parts cola
Add lime to step it up
As you may already know: tequila and lime are soulmates. But even more importantly: citrus is key in a cola cocktail. The sweetness of the cola absolutely begs for the acidity of lime. You can add lime in 2 ways in this drink:
- Add 1/2 ounce or 1 tablespoon lime juice. This gives it a more forward lime flavor. You can even up the lime up to 3/4 ounce (1 1/2 tablespoons).
- Squeeze in the juice from a lime wedge. You can also just use your cocktail garnish for the lime juice. The amount from 1 wedge is about 1 teaspoon, so the lime is more of a compliment flavor here.
Optional: add a salt rim!
In Mexico, sometimes the Batanga features a salt rim on the glass. Not sure about you, but we never turn down a salt rim! The salt enhances the sweet and tart flavors in the drink, much like in the popular margarita. Of course, making a salt rim is an extra step, so you can skip it if you’re in a rush. Here’s how to make a perfect salt rim:
- Use kosher salt or flaky sea salt (not table salt!). These varieties are chunky and adhere to the rim well. Or make Margarita Salt for a festive flair.
- Take a lime wedge and cut a notch in the middle. Then slide it around the rim of the glass. This moistens the rim without having to use your fingers.
- Rim the outside edge only. Spread the salt on a plate in an even layer. Tilt the glass into the salt so that the sugar sticks to the outside edge. Shake off any loose salt into the sink.
History of the tequila and coke
Mixing liquor with cola has a long history of over 100 years! The tequila and coke is a spin-off on the Rum and Coke, also known as the Cuba Libre. This 3-ingredient cocktail made with lime, cola and rum originated in Cuba in the early 1900’s. It quickly spread to America and around the world, and people started mixing all sorts of alcohol with cola. So people have been drinking tequila and coke informally for years.
Tequila and coke variations
As we’ve mentioned, you can make a “blank and coke” with almost any spirit! In most cases, you can use the same ratio. These are great ideas for tasty but cheap drinks! Here are a few ideas to get you started — try using:
- Rum for a Rum and coke or Cuba Libre
- Jack Daniels for Jack and coke
- Any whiskey or bourbon for Whiskey and coke
- Gin for Gin and coke
- Red wine and coke for a Kalimotxo (use equal parts)
- Vodka for Vodka and coke
- Tequila for Tequila and coke
- Crown Royal for Crown and coke
- Hennessy for Hennessy and coke (use 1.5 ounces Hennessy)
Tequila and Coke is one of the easiest tequila cocktails there is (aka the Batanga)! Here’s the ratio and how to take this drink to the next level.
- 2 ounces tequila blanco or reposado
- 4 ounces cola
- 1 lime wedge or 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) lime juice
- Ice, for serving (try clear ice)
- Kosher salt or flaky sea salt for rim, optional
- Optional: For a salt rim, 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.
- Add the tequila and ice to a glass and stir to combine.
- Top with the cola. Squeeze in the juice from the lime wedge (or the 1/2 ounce lime juice) and serve. Garnish with additional lime wedges or wheels if desired.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Stirred
- Cuisine: Cocktails
Keywords: Tequila and coke
More famous tequila drinks
Love tequila? Use too. Here are a few more tequila drinks we know you’ll love:
- Try the perfect Classic Margarita, or all 15 of our margarita recipes
- Mix up gingery Mexican Mule
- Go classic with a Tequila Sour
- Opt for a vibrant and layered Tequila Sunrise
- Go grapefruit with a Paloma
- Brunch with a Bloody Maria
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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.