OK, we get it. You hate tequila because it tastes too funky, peppery and vegetal. But we believe we can sway you to become a tequila lover. If you use it as the base of the right drink, not only will you forget your hatred of tequila, but you will grow to appreciate the special way it interacts with other ingredients. Here, seven tequila cocktails for people who think they hate tequila. Soon, you’ll be an agave-phile just like us.
6 Best Tequila Cocktails for People Who Think They Hate Tequila
More like a tropical Whiskey Sour than a Margarita, this classic cocktail uses an aged reposado tequila as the main ingredient. With pineapple juice instead of lime, along with a touch of agave syrup, the drink maintains a light and floral edge. Reposado tequila lends an oaky, vanilla richness, which will surprise anyone who only knows blanco tequila.
Made with reposado tequila, crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur), lime and a topper of ginger beer, this tequila Highball will appeal to fans of fruity cocktails and Moscow Mules. First featured in Trader Vic’s 1946 book, Trader Vic’s Bartender's Guide, the El Diablo is a totally underrated classic that will convince any self-proclaimed tequila hater how diverse tequila cocktails can actually be.
Crème de cassis
If you’re not a fan of tequila’s vegetal pepperiness, this cocktail has a rich creaminess that disguises it well. Made with only tequila and homemade horchata—a non-alcoholic Mexican rice milk—the drink is more like a dairy-free, boozy milkshake than a typical tequila cocktail. With freshly grated cinnamon for garnish, the cocktail draws out the spirit’s richer vanilla notes, especially if you opt for a reposado tequila as the base spirit.
Crushed ice or pebble ice
Supercall’s House Horchata
Another vibrantly juicy tequila cocktail, this modern classic from Brooklyn bartender Katie Stipe is like a bolder, blanco-infused take on a Hemingway Daiquiri. Made with tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice and Campari, the cocktail is complex, refreshing and just the right amount of bitter. Even the most staunch tequila hater will order a few of these.
Even if you claim that you don’t really care for tequila, this cocktail will make you fall for the Mexican spirit regardless. Made with reposado tequila, avocado, lime juice and agave, it takes everything great about a delicious Margarita and turns it up to 11. Creamy on the palate, the cocktail is more akin to a Piña Colada than a traditional Sour.