In Mexico, which is the birth place of tequila, the drink is served chilled and neat. Tequila drinkers sip it slowly, directly from the shot glass. It’s quite a stark contrast to the way most Americans drink tequila; which most times involves holding your nose, quickly throwing back a shot and yelling 'woah, baby!'
If you haven’t conquered the strong flavor of tequila quite yet, you can also try it with some lime and a small amount of salt. After each sip of tequila, dip the lime into the salt and suck on it.
What is the best way to drink tequila?
The best way to drink tequila depends on your personal preference. Some people prefer to take it as a shot, while others like mixed drinks. If you’re going to be drinking tequila straight, then make sure you get a good bottle of tequila. When it comes to tequila, quality really does matter and you’ll be able to tell the difference between a cheap bottle or a more expensive one.
If you’re more of a mixed drink type of tequila drinker, then try these delicious combinations:
Tequila & Pineapple Juice
Basically a simple version of a Tequila Sunrise, this drink has the perfect flavor combinations. When mixed together, tequila and pineapple juice beautifully compliment each other's flavors. This drink is tropical and fruity, and will make you feel like you’re on the beach in Mexico.
Tequila and Orange Juice
Another fruity combination, this cocktail is so easy and oh, so delicious. You probably have orange juice in your fridge already, so the next time you’re craving some tequila, try this delicious drink.
Tequila and Grapefruit Soda
This is a popular way to drink tequila in Mexico. The citrusy flavors from the grapefruit really offer a refreshing taste to the tequila and the bubbly element combines beautifully. For an added aesthetic, garnish it with a slice of fresh grapefruit!
How do beginners drink tequila?
If you’re new to drinking tequila, it might take some getting used to before you can drink it like the locals in Tequila, Mexico. One of the best ways to ease into drinking tequila is to try in a mixed drink like a margarita. We recommend a margarita on the rocks as opposed to a frozen one, which might have a lot of added sugar and other flavors that could mask the tequila.
Once you’ve conquered the margarita, move onto something with a bit more of a tequila taste, like tequila and orange juice. This way your mouth can slowly adjust to the tequila flavors.
When you've mastered those drinks, you can drink tequila like the locals do. Add some chilled tequila into a shot glass and sip it slow so you can really taste the flavors in your mouth. Have a lime and some salt on hand, so you can suck on it in between sips.
How do you drink tequila on the rocks?
Drinking tequila on the rocks is a great way to enjoy its flavors. ‘On the rocks’ means that it is served over ice, with no added mixers.
When drinking straight tequila, look for one that’s 100 percent agave, and choose an aged tequila when possible. Añejo tequila means it has been aged 1-3 years in oak barrels. Extra Añejo means it’s been aged for over 3 years in oak barrels.
To drink tequila on the rocks, start by filling a short glass with ice. Fill the glass up about half way with the ice. You can either use crushed ice or whole ice cubes. Crushed ice will melt faster and make the tequila extra cold. Then, pour 2 oz of your tequila of choice over the ice. You can also squeeze a lime wedge and add it in. Wait about 3-5 minutes so the flavors can melt together and the drink becomes ice cold. Then, your tequila on the rocks is ready for your drinking pleasure.
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