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Tequila and ginger ale is a surprisingly delicious drink! Use tequila reposado if you can in this tasty 2 ingredient cocktail.

Tequila and ginger ale

Here’s an interesting mixer for tequila that makes one surprisingly balanced drink: Tequila and Ginger Ale! Ginger beer is often mixed with tequila in a Mexican Mule, but ginger ale is something altogether different. The sweet, delicately bubbly ale makes a surprisingly tasty pair with the oaky and vanilla notes of tequila reposado. It’s a fun low alcohol way to enjoy a good tequila that’s bubbly and refreshing: perfect for summer! Move over, Ranch Water.

What’s a Tequila and Ginger Ale?

The Tequila and Ginger Ale is highball cocktail similar to Tequila Soda or Whiskey Highball, where alcohol is mixed with soda water. It makes it easier to drink and a interesting way to enjoy the flavors of a good liquor. Though it’s similar, it’s not really a relative of the tequila variant on the Moscow Mule the Mexican Mule. Here’s what to know about this drink:

  • Tequila and ginger ale is a highball cocktail that’s a mix tequila and ginger ale. Serve it in a highball or lowball glass with ice, and it’s a refreshing cocktail that brings out the interesting notes of a good tequila. It has a sweet, bubbly flavor with a subtle ginger finish.
  • How is it different from a Mexican Mule? The Tequila and Ginger Ale is sweeter and more subtle than a Mexican Mule, which pairs the strong flavor of spicy ginger beer and tangy lime juice.
Ginger ale

The best tequila for Tequila and Ginger Ale

You can use any type of tequila when you make Tequila and Ginger Ale, but we have a strong recommendation. Here’s what to know about types of tequila:

  • Tequila reposado is the best option. This type of tequila is aged 2 to 12 months in oak barrels (reposado means “rested” in Spanish). Because of this, it has a very smooth flavor and notes of oak and vanilla. It makes for a beautifully intriguing drink when mixed with ginger ale.
  • Tequila blanco also works. Tequila blanco is not aged, so the flavor is more straightforward that that signature tequila burn. The drink is a little less interesting than with reposado, so you may want to add a squeeze of lime or a few dashes of bitters. Or, you can just drink it as is: it’s still tasty!

The ginger ale to use

There are lots of ginger ale brands on the market! What’s the best one to mix with tequila? Well, our favorites are the same as our favorite brands of ginger beer. Here’s what to know:

  • Q Ginger Ale: This is our top choice! It comes in small cans so you only have to use a little at a time.
  • Fever Tree Ginger Ale: Fever Tree is made with real ginger and has no artificial sweeteners.
  • More Ginger Ale Brands: Here’s a list of more top brands.

What’s the difference vs ginger beer? Go to Ginger Beer vs Ginger Ale.

Tequila and ginger ale

Adding a carbonated mixer to alcohol is an age old tradition. In fact, the Whiskey Highball was invented in the early 1900’s, mixing whiskey with soda water or ginger ale for a whole new way to enjoy it. The idea of mixing sparkling water and wine also goes back hundreds of years. If you love tequila and ginger ale, here are a few more highball cocktails you might enjoy:

When to serve a Tequila and Ginger Ale

Tequila and ginger ale takes 2 minutes to make, and it’s the perfect refreshing drink for a laid back afternoon or cocktail hour. Try it as a:

  • Summer drink
  • Afternoon drink
  • Dinner party drink
  • Before dinner drink (aperitif)
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Tequila and ginger ale

Tequila and Ginger Ale

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Tequila and ginger ale is a surprisingly delicious drink! Use tequila reposado if you can in this tasty 2 ingredient cocktail.


  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) tequila reposado (or blanco*)
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) ginger ale
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice)


  1. Add the tequila and ice to a glass and stir to combine.
  2. Top with the ginger ale. Garnish with a lime wedge if desired (but it’s not needed for flavor!). 


*This cocktail has great flavor with the oak and vanilla notes of tequila reposado. You can use tequila blanco, but it’s a less interesting drink: you may want to add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and/or a few dashes bitters. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Tequila and ginger ale

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 for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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