Tequila Cocktails

Two Popular Tequila Cocktails (that Aren’t the Margarita)

Most people only know of tequila as a gold-colored liquid that tastes bitter and must be drunk quickly, as in a shot. Or perhaps as the base component in a margarita.  Sure, you can drink tequila that way, but then you would be missing out on all complexity that tequila brings to a well-crafted cocktail.

But before we get into these Formation Bar Montréal  recipes, it is important to note that you need to use 100 percent agave.  “Gold” tequila—the cheap stuff—is actually only distilled from 51 percent blue agave and the rest is filler (typically an inferior neutral spirit).  Use 100 percent blue agave liquor either in its blanco (white, unaged) form or in its Reposado (aged about 6 months) in your drinks.


Popular in Mexico, of course, the birthplace of tequila, this drink is more designed to accompany a well-made spirit, alone.  This is basically just a spicy shot of tomato juice served alongside a serving of tequila or, more appropriately, tequila’s more exotic cousin, mezcal.  Traditionally, you would serve this drink before a meal—just like an aperitif—but you can sip it slowly throughout a meal too.  This is a drink actually quite common to bars in Mexico, with each establishment often developing its own house recipes.  Still here is the base recipe:

  • ½ oz premium tequila
  • 8 ½ oz cold tomato juice
  • ½ oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • a pinch of salt and black pepper
  • ¼ oz chile puree (optional)
  • worcestershire sauce (to taste)
  • garnish with a lemon wedge


This may actually be the most popular tequila cocktail in Mexico.  It is growing in popularity in the United States, too, thanks to the recent surge in the bar arts and in sophisticated cocktail recipes.  One look at this recipe and you might just agree that is probably quite more refreshing than the American favorite, the margarita:

  • 1 ¼ oz silver/blanco tequila
  • ¼ oz Fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Agave nectar
  • Club Soda
  • kosher salt
  • garnish with a grapefruit wedge