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The Best Classic Cocktails to Drink With Tacos

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Tacos are the ultimate snack, especially if it’s Tuesday. Whether you’re eating one from your favorite truck, hitting a local taqueria for a meal with friends, or going in for that Taco Bell Fourth Meal, the handheld treat is perfect anytime. And while we love an ice-cold beer with our carnitas, nothing goes with the traditional Mexican meal quite like a well-balanced cocktail. Whether you love carne asada or prefer crispy fried fish, these are the classic cocktails you should drink with eight major types of delicious tacos.

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Perfect Pairing: Carne Asada
Whiskey and steak are a match made in heaven, so it’s a no-brainer to drink a classic Old Fashioned with a grilled carne asada taco. Choose rye over whisky for a spicier sip, or try bourbon if you want something sweeter to pair with the smoky beef.

The Essentials

Whiskey
bitters
sugar cube
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Perfect Pairing: Chicken Tinga
A cooling Gin and Tonic is perfect for tempering the hazy heat of spicy chicken tinga, which is traditionally made by cooking shredded chicken in a chipotle tomato sauce. Not only will a G&T tame the spiciness of the chipotle sauce, the cocktail’s fresh lime juice will also help bring out the brighter flavors in this classic Mexican dish.  

The Essentials

Gin
Lime Juice
Tonic Water
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Perfect Pairing: Vegetarian
Whether you’re indulging in mushroom, rajas (poblano peppers cooked with Mexican cream and onion) or bean tacos, a fresh, minty Mojito pairs beautifully with the bright flavors of veggie tacos. It’s balanced enough to stand up to an amalgam of flavors, and its cooling mint will tame the heat if you don’t like things extra spicy.

The Essentials

White Rum
lime juice
mint
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Perfect Pairing: Carnitas
Red wine pairs well with fatty, succulent pork, so a glass of refreshing Sangria is a perfect match for slowly braised carnitas. The added sweetness from simple syrup and brandy will complement the savory pork nicely, and booze-soaked fruit makes for a delectable post-taco dessert.  

The Essentials

Red Wine
brandy
Orange
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Perfect Pairing: Baja-Style Fried Fish
There’s no better place to eat fried fish tacos than the beach, so they deserve a pairing that’s just as breezy. The fresh lime juice in a funky-fresh Caipirinha will cut through the crunchy, salty breading of a crispy fish taco to make each bite better than the last.

The Essentials

Cachaça
Lime
sugar
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Perfect Pairing: Shrimp
There’s a reason why “tequila lime shrimp” has been a thing for so long. The zesty, tangy flavor of tequila and lime pairs perfectly with shrimp’s toothsome texture, especially if it has a twinge of smoke from the grill.

The Essentials

Blanco Tequila
Lime Juice
Agave Nectar
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Perfect Pairing: Chorizo
Savory, decadent chorizo deserves a pairing that lets its unique flavor shine, and the island-inspired Rum Swizzle is the drink for the job. Dark rum and falernum give the ice-cold drink a deep sweetness that’ll make you crave the peppery sausage.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
Lime Juice
Falernum
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Perfect Pairing: Lengua
True fans of beef tongue find its rich, complex flavor and addicting texture irresistible, so it needs a cocktail that’s just as craveable. The classic El Diablo is a perfectly balanced mix of sweet, tart and spicy that will let this meaty delicacy shine.

The Essentials

Reposado tequila
Crème de cassis
ginger beer

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