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Want to try a truly small-batch, high quality tequila? Try Roca Patrón

Every ingredient in a margarita is critical (and there should only be a few of them), but we’re not going to pretend that the quality of tequila isn’t the most important component. Once you’re out of college, you should skip the vile bottom-shelf stuff and go straight for tequila you’d just as soon sip solo as mix with quality ingredients: of course we’re talking Patrón.

Patrón recently debuted a new line of tahona-only tequilas: called Roca Patrón, these are small-batch, intense, pristinely balanced tequilas. The process involves the use of a tahona (makes sense), which is actually an enormous, two-ton stone wheel that’s hand-carved from volcanic rock (or roca). The pressure of the roca slowly crushes batches of slow-baked agave, breaking up the fiber and juices. After fermenting in wooden vats, the tequila is distilled in small-batch copper pots. This traditional process is very expensive and has fallen out of favor with many distilleries. These tequilas have earth and vanilla notes on the notes, and are lightly sweeter and more roasted tasting, featuring a rich, almost caramelized agave flavor, and a velvety finish; Roca Patrón is more like an aged Scotch than it’s like the tequila you may be used to.

Try a truly killer traditional margarita or our killer spicy margaritas.

If you're bored with plain old margaritas and are looking for something more adventurous from your tequila-based cocktails, try one of the following, all of which feature Roca Patrón:

La Bombilla

Seven Spanish Angels

Jess Novak is the Drink Editor of The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @jesstothenovak

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As Cinco de Mayo's unofficial calling card, and the backbone of Jimmy Buffett and Bethenny "Skinnygirl" Frankel's empires, it's easy to lose sight of the margarita's importance in the world of cocktails. The drink's simple and approachable mix of tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice promises good times to come—whether as a happy hour special or a gateway to the world of tequila. This most classic blue agave vehicle has been enjoyed as a frozen blended drink, a diet-friendly cocktail, and a warm weather staple. Below, everything you need to know about the margarita's history, tips and techniques, recipes, and variations.

22 of Our Tastiest Tequila Cocktails

Tequila is a quintessential ingredient in a number of delicious cocktails. The distilled spirit comes from the agave plant, and it's a must-have ingredient in so many different types of drinks. From classic tequila-infused creations, such the ever-popular margarita, to more unique iterations, our tequila cocktail recipes are sure to please.

For the margarita fans among us, you'll be pleased to know that we have plenty of options to choose from in the slides ahead. While the classic rendition is always great, try something new in the form of the Yellow Watermelon Margarita that's pictured here. This seasonal drink is a brighter, fruitier version of the tried-and-true recipe, and it'll make you reconsider everything you know about the cocktail. Another unique option is our Smoky Serrano-Mint Margarita which is packed with surprising flavors. Charred serrano chile is muddled with sugar and freshly picked mint for an unexpected but entirely refreshing sip. Another cooling option? Our Frozen Margarita, which is the perfect thing to cool off with by the pool. With just six ingredients and one step, the recipe is easy to make and even easier to enjoy.

But it' important to remember that margaritas aren't the only tequila-filled cocktails out there. If you're a martini fan, then you'll love our Silver-Tequila Martini. It's made with dry vermouth, grapefruit, fresh pink grapefruit juice, and silver tequila for a delicious drink. For a sweeter option, try our Strawberry, Basil, and Honey Punch&mdashserving 12, the recipe makes enough for a crowd. Fresh strawberries, basil leaves, lime juice, and honey come together with silver tequila for a boozy beverage everyone is sure to love.

From multi-step concoctions to options that are simple and new to you, explore our tastiest tequila recipes to find the perfect drink to add to your next happy hour.

Tequila spritz

Combine directly into glass &ndash finishing off with prosecco and club soda

Casamigos &rsquo Casa Aperol Spritz is a fresh take on your trusty summer classic. Plus, the celeb-favourite brand is approved by Princess Eugenie and George Clooney!


  • 30ml Casamigos Blanco Tequila
  • 30ml Aperol
  • 60ml Chilled Prosecco
  • 2 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters
  • 2 Dashes Peychauds Bitters
  • Splash of Club soda
  • Garnish Cara Cara Orange Wheel

Our Best 20 Tequila Cocktail Recipes for Agave-Soaked Margarita Happiness

Matt Taylor-Gross

Made from the blue agave plant, tequila is a spirit with cult following. As any self-respecting tequila drinker knows, the best margarita recipes start with good tequila. With so many versatile styles of of the spirit, from añejo to reposado to blanco, you can find it both in the best summer cocktail recipes as well as the best fall weather cocktails. And with Cinco de Mayo approaching, nothing beats a good tequila cocktail to pair with your Cinco de Mayo recipes. From margaritas to palomas, here are the best tequila recipes to sip on (or get sloshed on).

Tomato and Orange Sangrita

This flavor-packed sipper is served alongside a neat glass of tequila at La Tequila in Guadalajara, Mexico. Do as many Mexicans do: A sip of tequila, a sip of sangrita—repeat, for the best experience. Ge the recipe for Tomato and Orange Sangrita »

Classic Margarita

This recipe proves that simple can be delicious. We recommend using Herradura Silver Tequila. Get the recipe for a Classic Margarita »

Frozen Margarita

In 1971 Mariano Martinez figured out how to make frozen margaritas from a soft serve ice cream machine—the rest is history. We recommend using Herradura Silver Tequila for this refreshing variation. Get the recipe for Frozen Margarita »

Chile-Pomegranate Paloma

While the margarita is far better known, the grapefruit-, tequila-, and soda-based Paloma is an equally refreshing Mexican classic. Using árbol chile-spiked grenadine as a sweetener—rather than agave nectar or simple syrup—adds smokiness and a touch of heat. Get the recipe for Chile-Pomegranate Paloma »

Cilantro, Chile, and Pineapple Sangrita

This flavor-packed sipper is served alongside a neat glass of tequila at La Mezcaleria in Ajijic, Mexico. Do as many Mexicans do: A sip of tequila, a sip of sangrita—repeat, for the best experience. Get the recipe for Cilantro, Chile, and Pineapple Sangrita »


A jalapeño-infused, blood-colored tequila and beet cocktail, the Moradita (“Little Death”), is a fresh, nearly healthy-tasting drink with some real body and a balancing hint of elegant richness. Get the recipe for Moradita »

The Soul Train

Tequila and cardamom is an unexpected combination, but it works beautifully with the help of lime and grapefruit juice. Get the recipe for The Soul Train »

Bala de Canon

Tequila, agave nectar, and cantaloupe purée get shaken up in this summery cocktail from Houston’s The Pastry War. Get the recipe for Bala de Canon »

Tequila Old Fashioned

Aged reposado tequila adds smooth vanilla notes to a light, citrusy twist on a classic old fashioned from Pittsburgh restaurant Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina. Get the recipe for Tequila Old Fashioned »

Calavera Catrina

This tequila and cantaloupe cocktail from Edinburgh’s The Lucky Liquor Co. is refreshing and fruity, making it the perfect summer drink. Get the recipe for Calavera Catrina »

Margarita Al Jazeera

Jerusalem’s most vibrant watering hole is Yudale, where the bar offers sui generis drinks that include this delicious, tequila-based creation infused with rose petals and cumin. The name is an homage to the many journalists who tramp through town. Get the recipe for Margarita Al Jazeera »

Romero and Julieta

Danny Sanchez of Rancho Pescadero in Mexico gave us the recipe for this vibrant, summery cocktail in honor of our 21st birthday. He starts with a tea made from dried hibiscus, then adds tequila, a rosemary-infused simple syrup, and lime juice. Get the recipe for Romero and Julieta »

Boston Tea Party

This refreshing, fragrant drink is served at The Marliave restaurant in Boston. It mixes grassy tequila with spicy ginger beer and a syrup infused with bergamot-flavored Earl Grey tea. Get the recipe for Boston Tea Party »

The Malibu

This refreshing tequila cocktail comes from the team behind Los Angeles’ The Walker Inn. Inspired by the Pacific Coast Highway, it’s infused with grapefruit and pisco, then softened with floral Lillet Blanc. Get the recipe for The Malibu »

Watermelon-Basil Cocktail

Exceedingly well-balanced, this juicy cocktail from John Karangis of Union Square Events gets its sweetness from yellow watermelon, herbal freshness from Chartreuse and basil, and an astringent kick from tequila. While red watermelon will work in a pinch, you won’t get the clarity of color unless you spring for the yellow. Get the recipe for Watermelon-Basil Cocktail »


A snack-sized negroni with a savory agave twist from bartender Tristan Willey of Long Island Bar. Get the recipe for Tinegroni »

Le Mexique

This tequila cocktail gets spicy sweetness from ginger liqueur and fruit-forward body from mango purée. Get the recipe for Le Mexique »

Grilled Pineapple Margarita

Grilled Pineapple Margarita

Lavender Paloma

Our twist on the classic tequila and grapefruit cocktail uses mezcal, fresh grapefruit juice, and lavender simple syrup for a drink that’s simultaneously smoky, bright, and floral. Get the recipe for Lavender Paloma » A spicy ginger kick and the subtle, unmistakably grassy sweetness of kale elevates this vegetal variation on the margarita, from the New York City bar The Wayland. Get the recipe for The Garden Variety Margarita

Smoked Lemon-Lime-Ade

This lemonade is rendered smoky-sweet with the juice of grilled lemons and limes and toasted simple syrup, which has a mild caramel flavor that does a lot to complement the grilled fruit. Get the recipe for Smoked Lemon-Lime-Ade »

Strawberry Cachaça Shake


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Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.

In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.

Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.

The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.


Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)

What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.

How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.

Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.

For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!


The Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in North America—for good reason. Combining the tang of lime and the sweetness of orange liqueur with the distinctive strength of tequila, the classic Margarita strikes all of the right keys. What’s less certain, however, is the drink’s origin.

Some say the cocktail was invented in 1948 in Acapulco, Mexico, when a Dallas socialite combined blanco tequila with Cointreau and lime juice for her guests. Others say that the Margarita, which translates to daisy flower in Spanish, was an inevitable twist on the Daisy, a cocktail template involving spirit, citrus, orange liqueur and soda. Make one with tequila, leave out the soda, and you get a Margarita. But regardless of how or when it was invented, the Margarita has earned its way into drinkers’ hearts.

When choosing your tequila, quality is key. Opt for a blanco made from 100% blue agave. If it doesn’t say this on the label, it’s mixto—a tequila composed of up to 49% mystery sugars. And although many people reach for premade sour mix, using fresh lime juice will result in a vastly superior drink. Then there’s the orange liqueur. What is a mandatory ingredient for some is rendered optional by others, who replace the sweetener with agave syrup. Go that route, and you get the Tommy’s Margarita, which was created in the early ’90s at Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco.

When talking Margaritas, it’s easy to get lost in stories about who invented the drink or become mired in debates over salt versus no salt blended or frozen triple sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier. In our opinion, this version is the tried-and-true recipe for the best Margarita you can make. Memorize it, and you’ll always impress.

The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour all the ingredients.

The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

Garnish with a pineapple wedge. Serve and enjoy.

The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

  • The sour mix is very easy to make at home and is nothing more than lemon-lime-flavored simple syrup. You can control the flavor to suit your taste and it's much better tasting and cheaper than buying those sugary sour mixes at the liquor store. is also highly recommended. The average lime yields between 1/2 and 1 ounce of juice, so you can easily get one or two margaritas out of a single fruit.
  • If you have an electric juicer, grab a fresh pineapple. You'll want it for the garnish, anyway. It will produce a superior coco margarita to one made with canned pineapple juice.
  • Pineapples are so juicy that you can even muddle chunks to extract the juice without a juicer. It takes a little more work, but it's one of the easier fruits to juice by hand. Simply strain out the chunks of pineapple through a fine mesh strainer, pressing it to get as much juice as possible. Squeezing it in a cheesecloth bundle can also maximize your juice yield.

15 Margarita Recipes to Try Today

A sampling of the best margarita recipes ever created.


Combine ingredients and blend with one cup of ice. Pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.


2 oz. Siete Leguas Blanco Tequila

1 oz. St Germaines Elderflower Liquor

2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice

Pour 1 ounce of agave nectar into bottom of a margarita glass. (You can find agave nectar in health stores and specialty grocery stores.)

Shake and strain shaker into the glass

Source: Mixologist Todd DeSilva, InterContinental Montelucia Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona


Shake ingredients with ice then strain and serve on the rocks.


Coarse sea or kosher salt

1 small very ripe peach, pitted and diced, plus a peach slice for garnish

1/2 teaspoon peeled, grated ginger root

3/4 ounce (1 1/2 tablespoons) fresh lime juice

1/4 ounce (1 1/2 teaspoons) light agave nectar

2 ounces (1/4 cup) 100-percent blue agave silver tequila

1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) Cointreau or triple sec

1. Pour an even layer of salt on a plate. Rub the rim of an 8-ounce rocks glass or tumbler with lime wedge and invert glass into salt to coat rim.

2. Combine peaches, ginger, lime juice, and agave nectar in a 2-cup cocktail shaker. Using a muddler or pestle, gently muddle mixture.

3. Fill the shaker halfway with ice, then add tequila and Cointreau. Cover and shake well until shaker is frosty and cold.

4. Fill prepared glass with ice. Strain margarita into it and garnish with peach slice.


1 oz. fresh pineapple juice

Muddle the fresh rosemary in a cocktail shaker.

Combine the tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.


2 ounces fresh strawberries , with stems removed (or frozen strawberries)

1 1/2 slices lime, for garnish

Blend all ingredients with ice. Garnish with slices of strawberry and lime and a basil leaf.


.5 parts Fresh Lemon Juice

.75 parts Watermelon Juice

2 parts Rose Sparkling Wine

Combine all ingredients, except sparkling wine, in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake, strain, and pour into a champagne flute. Garnish with a lemon twist.



Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a mint sprig.

Source & Photo: Andrea Correale, Elegant Affairs Caterers


1 can (12-ounce) frozen orange juice concentrate

6 ounce ginger liqueur (like Domaine de Canton)

2 tablespoons kosher or margarita salt

Crystallized ginger, optional

1. Place frozen orange juice concentrate (reserve 1 tablespoon), tequila, ginger liqueur, ginger, and ice in a blender and mix until ice is crushed.

2. Place reserved tablespoon concentrate on a small plate and salt on another small plate. Dip rims of 4 glasses in concentrate and then in salt. Fill glasses, garnish with crystallized ginger if desired, and serve.


&bull Coarse sea or kosher salt

&bull 1/2 cup peeled, finely diced cucumber, plus a cucumber slice for garnish

&bull 4 slices (or up to 6 slices thin) jalapeño, with seeds

&bull 3/4 ounce (1 1/2 tablespoons) fresh lime juice

&bull 1/4 ounce (1 1/2 teaspoons) light agave nectar

&bull 2 ounces (1/4 cup) 100-percent blue agave silver tequila

&bull 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) Cointreau or triple sec

1. Pour an even layer of salt on a plate. Rub the rim of an 8-ounce rocks glass or tumbler with lime wedge and invert glass into salt to coat rim.

2. Combine cucumber, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, and agave nectar in a 2-cup cocktail shaker. Using a muddler or pestle, gently muddle mixture.

3. Fill the shaker halfway with ice, then add tequila and Cointreau. Cover and shake well until shaker is frosty and cold.

4. Fill prepared glass with ice. Strain margarita into it and garnish with the cucumber slice.

5 Authentic Tequila Cocktails That People in Mexico Actually Drink

Mixologist Alex Valencia, from the Jalisco region of Mexico himself, wanted to create “real” Mexican cocktails.

As Cinco de Mayo celebrations gear up today in the United States, so does the imbibing of frozen lime margaritas. But in actuality, the margarita is hardly Mexican in origin, and the Fifth is not as widely celebrated in Mexico as it is in the United States.

Mixologist Alex Valencia, from the Jalisco region of Mexico himself, wanted to create “real” Mexican cocktails, inspired by his own personal history as well as some local insight into how tequila is actually enjoyed in the country.

Tepache, a traditional fermented pineapple drink in Mexico, has been consumed for hundreds of years — older than the actual country itself. This recipe embodies the history and traditions of our ancestors. My whole family used to drink tepache. Friends and I would enjoy it from the bicycle street vendor in front of my school before we’d go inside for class. It has deep roots in our culture, which was the inspiration behind creating this original recipe.

1 part tamarind syrup (tamarind paste mixed with equal parts refined sugar and water)

Pour all ingredients into the shaker with ice shake and strain on the rocks and garnish with pineapple wedge.

This cocktail was created and named in honor of the Tequila Express train in Jalisco, Mexico which took people to the agave fields in the lowlands of the Jalisco region.

Place basil first, then jalapeño and cucumber slices in shaker add agave syrup and muddle. Add in rest of the ingredients and ice. Shake, double strain and serve over ice in lowball glass garnish with a Tajin rim.

This is a variation of the margarita la tuna (prickly pear) is wildly harvested and eaten throughout Mexico and even in parts of the USA. You can see the cactus pear present on the Mexican flag, and it’s also the national fruit. The inspiration behind this spicy margarita cocktail is the love Mexicans have for indulging in anything spicy.

Add all ingredients in the shaker add ice, shake and strain in coupe or martini glass.

This is a variation on the classic Mexican cocktail, the Paloma. In Mexico, there’s a famous song which is named "Gavilan o Paloma" (sparrow or dove). This drink was named in tribute of the popular drink and song.

Add all ingredients except soda in the shaker add ice, shake and strain over ice. Top off with Mexican soda and garnish with lime wheel serve in highball glass.

This traditional Mexican drink incorporates a riff on the classic sangrita, but instead of the tequila and mix served side by side, it’s blended together and topped off with grapefruit soda.

Build the drink in the glass by first putting the tequila in the glass, then add the sangrita mix and top off with grapefruit soda stir ingredients together in highball glass and garnish with grapefruit wheel.

*To make the sangrita, blend together the following ingredients: pinch of salt, hot sauce, the juice of 1 orange, the juice of 4 limes, the juice of 2 grapefruits and a touch of ground black pepper.


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