Everyone has their personal favorite tequila cocktail. Some are fruity; some are salty, and others are something else entirely. There are infinitely many ways that tequila can be mixed into a drink, but we’ve sifted through the most popular drinks out there and come up with a short list of the top 6 best party drinks with tequila.
1. The Generic Margarita
By far, the most ubiquitous tequila cocktail is the margarita. Balancing just the right combination of tangy, salty, and strong, it’s an all time favorite, and it’s not too hard to see why. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a classic, timeless drink. This legendary drink is made with a citrus-flavored juice, salt along the rim of the glass, a little bit of triple sec, and, of course, a healthy portion of tequila. It might sound overly simple, but winning combinations oftentimes are.
2. Santa Maria
The delicious Santa Maria was invented in one of San Francisco’s most popular bars. It is a unique blend of white port, velvet falernum, lemon, tequila, rich simple syrup, and, of all things, ginger beer. It’s a little difficult to imagine how all of those flavors combine together, but you don’t have to worry. It makes for a savory drink that your friends are certain to enjoy. This is a drink made for a good party.
3. The Watermelon Margarita
Not everyone enjoys salty, spicy, and tangy. Many prefer something with more of a fruity flavor. These people usually get a bad rap, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting your tequila with a bit of a sweeter twist. Even some of the hard liquor aficionados can take a break every now and then with something that’s a bit more pleasant to drink. Watermelon is one of the most common fruity flavors that you will see with tequilas, but it isn’t the only option on the table. Mango, strawberry, cranberry, and pineapple are also crowd favorites. If you are going to throw a party, you need to know at least one of these recipes.
4. Red Chile-Guava Margarita
As you might imagine, tequila and chile go together really well, if you can handle it that is. If you’re looking for something unique to have at your party, then this is the drink for you. It does have a good kick, but the spiciness isn’t overpowering. It hovers at that tolerable level that allows the flavor of the fruit juice and tequila to flow through but still manages to surprise with a strong bite. On top of that, it’s a pretty drink with a delightful orange glow. This recipe is definitely a keeper for any avid partier.
5. Blue Margarita
Speaking of handsome drinks, this one takes the cake. A pretty drink is always a good addition to a party, and the blue margarita is just that. By mixing two ounces of tequila, one ounce of blue curacao, an ounce of triple sec, an ounce of lime juice, and a dash of salt, you can have a truly novel drink with a lovely blue luminescence. The best party drinks are more than just a delicious beverage – they are a decoration.
6. Chocolate Congelado
Last but not least, we have the Chocolate Congelado, and yes, it’s made with chocolate. This drink makes for a great end cap on a long night of fun. Not all drinking enthusiasts are used to this idea, but it’s something they should consider trying out. At the end of the night, when you’re in the mood for a little more alcohol but you also crave dessert, an end cap like the Chocolate Congelado is the perfect fit. The drink itself isn’t too sweet, and that can be changed to fit your tastes by playing around with the ratios of ingredients.
Tequila is a word that goes hand in hand with a good party. Any host worth their weight should have a few of their favorite drink recipes memorized. After all, the difference between a good celebration and a bad one usually comes down to the drinks on hand. So when your next party comes around, make sure you’re serving only the best party drinks.