Three Questions You’ve Asked About Tequila

Tequila is such a versatile drink, whether sipped or mixed into a cocktail, so we’re going to answer three common questions you’ve asked about tequila.

  1. What can I mix with tequila?
  2. What is a Tequila Sunrise?
  3. How much tequila is in a margarita?

Tequila Can Be Enjoyed in Many Ways

Tequila has undergone a great transformation in the United States over the last several decades. Once considered liquor for partying or shots only, it’s now revered as a sippable, appreciated beverage. Whether you’re mixing or sipping, you’ll experience craftsmanship. Yet, even as the taste for Mexico’s national spirit has spread, there’s a lot of information and questions that people still want to know about this amazing agave distillate.

What Can I Mix with Tequila?

Maybe it’s easier to answer, “what can’t I mix with tequila?” If you’re into sipping tequila cocktails and looking for new ideas on what to mix with the Mexican spirit, here are a few great mixers:

  1. Tequila + Your Favorite Soda
    1. This is an easy two-ingredient cocktail. Aside from a margarita, it’s popular among a lot of people. While any soda will work, seltzer that has a high mineral content is among our favorite. Garnish with a wedge of lime that you can squeeze into the drink, and you’re done!
  2. Tequila + Grapefruit Soda
    1. AKA the Paloma, this is a popular way to drink tequila. If you like bright, citrusy, and slightly bitter, you’ll love this combo. Depending on your preference, you can use silver or reposado tequila for the base of the cocktail. A silver tequila keeps the drink light and crisp, while a reposado tequila makes it richer and more decadent. Garnish and squeeze in a fat wedge of lime and a pinch of sea salt. This drink will help you survive the hot summer months!
  3. Tequila + Pineapple juice
    1. They go together better than mac and cheese. Fresh pineapple juice is more ideal than canned, but either way, you’ll end up with a cocktail that is tropical, fruit-forward, and downright peppery. Best of all, literally any tequila – be it silver, reposado or añejo – works as the base of this drink. 
  4. Tequila + Orange Juice
    1. AKA the Tequila Sunrise, is typically enjoyed at breakfast, but in this global pandemic of 2020, you can enjoy it whenever you please – we won’t judge! We prefer to use a reposado tequila to mix with orange juice because it lends its vanilla notes well to the orange juice. 
    2. Bonus tip: if using fresh orange juice, whisk it for 20 seconds. This will give it a fluffy, airy and creamy texture. Salud!
  5. Tequila + Agave Syrup
    1. Extremely refreshing and a great choice for summer, this is essentially an Old Fashioned without the bitters. We prefer to use our reposado or añejo for more depth and flavor. To bring this drink to life, use a tray of ice, mixing glass, bar spoon, agave syrup (2 parts agave to 1 part water) and your preferred amount of tequila.
  6. Tequila + Vermouth
    1. Vermouth is red or white wine flavored with aromatic herbs, made chiefly in France and Italy and used in cocktails. Tequila and vermouth can be combined in a myriad of ways – the types of tequila and vermouth you use will create entirely different cocktails. For a vegetal riff on a martini, you can use silver tequila with either dry vermouth or a semi-sweet blanc vermouth, which will produce a rounder, more velvety texture in the drink. For a richer, spicier take on the Manhattan, mix a reposado or añejo with sweet vermouth.
  7. Tequila + Bloody Mary Mix
    1. Kick vodka to the curb. Tequila lends so much more flavor to the Bloody Mary. And if you want to kick it up a notch with the spice, add a jalapeno. You can use our silver tequila to make a Bloody Mary, but a reposado or añejo will lend more flavor to the Bloody Mary. 

We hope that answers your question, “What can I mix with tequila?” It’s ultimately up to your taste and preference. The best way to drink and mix tequila is exactly the way you prefer to drink tequila. There’s no wrong way, and it depends on the type of tequila you’re drinking. Some of the best tequilas are just as enjoyable neat, and slowly sipped, as the finest whisky, scotch, and rum. Some people like taking tequila shots with lime and salt. Citrus and hot sauce go especially well with the fruity, spicy notes of tequila – which is why tequila cocktails like the Screwdriver, Margarita, Bloody Mary, and Paloma are so delicious. Salud!

What is a Tequila Sunrise?

No matter what time of year it is, you can enjoy a Tequila Sunrise. A Tequila Sunrise is similar to a Screwdriver, except that you also mix in grenadine (and garnish with a cherry!).

Grenadine is a commonly used, non-alcoholic bar syrup, characterized by deep red color and a flavor that is both tart and sweet. It is popular as an ingredient in cocktails, both for its flavor and to give a reddish or pink tint to mixed drinks.

Here’s how to make a Tequila Sunrise:

  • Ice
  • 4 oz. orange juice 
  • 2 oz. Casa Mexico Silver Tequila
  • 1/2 oz. grenadine (or more if you prefer sweeter!)
  • Orange slice, for garnish
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add orange juice and tequila and shake to combine. Add grenadine, then garnish with an orange slice. For a pop of sweet, toss in a few maraschino cherries. Salud!

How Much Tequila in a Margarita?

The classic recipe is 3-2-1. That is, 3 parts tequila, 2 parts triple sec, and 1 part freshly squeezed lime juice. But it’s truly up to your personal preference.

Josue Romero, AKA @the_garnishguy, prefers a 2:1:1 ratio—two parts tequila, one part sweet and one part sour. And if you want to learn how to make the perfect margarita, head over to our blog, In Pursuit: The Perfect Margarita.

So if you are asking “how much tequila in a margarita,” start with the above portions and you can add more if you’d like.

We also get other questions about tequila, such as:

  1. What is añejo tequila?
  2. What is reposado tequila?
  3. Is anejo tequila better than reposado?
  4. What is silver tequila?

And you can head over to our blog, Understanding the Differences in Types of Tequila, to learn the answers to all of these!

About Casa México Tequila

Casa México Tequila is a tequila company that produces silver, reposado and añejo tequilas. Owner Don Buccio’s journey into tequila production began when he purchased some of the highest quality agave plants in Jalisco, Mexico. He has spent the last 20+ years perfecting his vision of creating a unique, yet authentic, premium agave spirit. Casa México Tequila encompasses our founder’s love for both Mexican culture and his family heritage — Rich in history. Rooted in tradition.

Where Can I Buy Tequila Near Me?

Head over to our Store Locator to locate your nearest liquor store that carries Casa México  Tequila. Most of our locations are in California, Texas and Colorado, but feel free to input your ZIP code to find our tequila near you.

Where Can I Buy Tequila Online?

You can buy our tequila online here. You can order our silver, reposado or añejo tequila online through Drizle or Reserve Bar. 

More Info About Tequila

Margaritas, Palomas, and Sunsets aren’t the same without a great bottle of Casa México Tequila. We offer three types of tequila:

      • Slow-baked in clay ovens, naturally fermented and double-distilled in stainless steel pot stills, our finished product presents as a remarkably smooth crystal-clear spirit. Each sip reveals graceful earth tones, followed by crisp sweet citrus, finishing with hints of spice. It is suitable both for sipping or as the foundation for your favorite tequila-based cocktail.
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      • Slow-baked in clay ovens, naturally fermented and double-distilled in stainless steel pot stills, our finished product then rests for a minimum of six months in new American White Oak barrels. This transformation allows the product to obtain its exceptional taste and golden hue through natural processes. The sweet and subtle ginger notes, followed by a slight oak finish and hints of cinnamon, delightfully awaken your palate. Our reposado is suitable for sipping or as the foundation for your favorite tequila-based cocktails.
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    • Slow-baked in clay ovens, naturally fermented and double-distilled in stainless steel pot stills, our finished product then rests for a minimum of 12 months in new American White Oak barrels. This transformation allows the product to obtain its exceptional taste and caramel hue through natural processes. Tequila aficionados appreciate the initial caramel notes and subsequent smooth oak flavors that are produced by this uniquely nuanced spirit. This expression is best served neat or with a minimal amount of ice.
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