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11 Tequila and Mezcal Cocktails to Try Right Now

Go beyond the classic Margarita with these creative tequila and mezcal drinks.

Paloma. Image: / Tim Nusog

Tequila doesn’t have to just be served in shots or Margaritas, though it’s fun to riff on that classic, and we’ve included a few variations. See the other side of the beloved spirit with these 11 drinks you can try at home.

  • Spicy Mint Avocado Margarita

    Spicy Mint Avocado Margarita / Tim Nusog

    Heat things up with this Margarita variation. Fresh lime juice, blanco tequila, orange liqueur and simple syrup combine to make a traditional base that’s spiced up with fresh jalape?o pepper and then cooled down with avocado. Serve in a salt-rimmed glass with a mint sprig.

  • Tequila Manhattan

    Tequila Manhattan

    Matt Armato

    This spin on a classic brings the Manhattan south of the border. Reposado tequila, sweet vermouth, fernet and chocolate mole bitters combine to make a drink that’s rich, intriguing and boozy. Garnish with an orange peel for a burst of brightness to round it all out.

  • Eau de Lavender

    Eau de Lavender

    Linnea Covington

    Bring out tequila’s softer side with this taste of spring in a cup. Shake tequila, fresh lemon juice, honey syrup, an egg white and lavender bitters until frothy, then strain and garnish with a fresh lavender sprig.

  • Breakfast Margarita

    Breakfast Margarita / Tim Nusog

    Who says you can’t start your day with a cocktail? This variation on the classic employs orange marmalade along with the traditional tequila, lime, Cointreau and agave for a brunch-friendly drink. Garnish with an orange slice and pair it with pancakes.?

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  • Conflict & Compromise

    Conflict & Compromise / Tim Nusog

    Got a bottle of Midori lying around? Then you should definitely use it to make this cocktail. The melon-flavored liqueur melds with tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, jalape?o and cilantro to make an herbal concoction with just the right amount of heat.

  • Bloody Maria

    Bloody Maria

    Bring tequila into your brunch with this spin on a classic Bloody Mary. The spirit gives tomato juice and fresh lemon juice a different flavor, while two kinds of hot sauce and a hefty dash of horseradish bring the heat. Garnish with fresh veggies and a little queso fresco to complete the drink.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Tequila Mockingbird / Tim Nusog

    Sip a little bit of summer. Silver tequila, fresh watermelon, fresh lime juice, agave syrup and jalape?o combine to make a drink that’s light and refreshing any time of year but particularly great when enjoyed in the sunshine.

  • Black Betty

    Black Betty
    Fred Fung

    Don’t let its appearance fool you—this cocktail is delicious enough to make up for the little extra legwork it takes to make it. Homemade black sesame orgeat, blanco tequila, crème de cassis and lime juice are brought over to the dark side with activated charcoal, while an egg white adds texture. Garnish with dehydrated beetroot sugar and enjoy.

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  • Mayahuel

    Mayahuel / Tim Nusog

    This Margarita twist adds ginger liqueur, fresh orange juice, mint leaves and orange bitters into the usual mix for a fresh-flavored and gently spicy rendition of the drink. Serve in a wine glass and garnish with a mint sprig to emphasize this is no ordinary Margarita.

  • Rosemary Mezcal Negroni

    Rosemary Mezcal Negroni / Tim Nusog

    The Negroni gets a south-of-the-border spin with mezcal subbing in for the usual gin, plus an herbal kick from rosemary-infused Campari. Garnish with grapefruit peel and smoked rosemary sprig to accentuate the mezcal’s smoky flavor.

  • Paloma

    Paloma / Tim Nusog

    It’s a classic for a reason. With just three ingredients—tequila, fresh lime juice and grapefruit soda—the Paloma couldn’t be easier to make, and the resulting refresher is ideal for year-round sipping.