Tequila and tropical fruits—whether it be mangoes, coconuts or pineapples—are the perfect companions. Both are lively, vibrant and extremely refreshing to drink when the weather is hot. If you’re looking for the perfect cocktail to accompany your summer barbecue, pool party or island vacay, we’ve got you covered. Here, the six best tropical tequila cocktails to sip all summer.
6 Tasty Tropical Cocktails Made with Tequila
This tropical Marg combines two of the best summer cocktails in existence: the Frozen Margarita and the Piña Colada. Loaded with buttery coconut flavors, it’s the ideal way to hydrate and cool down on extra hot days. Sipping one is better than A/C.
If you’re planning a barbecue, this tropical tequila cocktail is the ideal refreshment to pair with smoky, meaty mains. Essentially a pineapple Margarita, it mixes pineapple juice with lemon, agave syrup and blanco tequila. As vibrant as it is refreshing, it’s downright crushable once the mercury rises.
Hailing from Acapulco, Mexico (hence the name), this tropical libation is a vibrant twist on a Hemingway Daiquiri. Tequila and a white rum serve as the base, and it’s also loaded with fresh pineapple, lime and grapefruit juice. If you want a cocktail that is boldly fruity, look no further than this juicy sipper.
This cocktail, created by Milagro brand ambassador Jaime Salas, is basically a Sex on the Beach with tequila instead of vodka. It replaces grenadine with hibiscus tea to make it drier, crisper and even more gulpable than its classic cousin. This is the definition of a poolside sipper.
Created by Phil Khanderish and Reza Esmali at Maypop in New Orleans, this Southeast Asian twist on the Bloody Maria uses bright yellow pepper puree, calamansi juice and fish sauce. Vegetal and umami-rich, this drink goes way beyond the original Bloody and brings all the tropical vibes to the brunch table.
yellow pepper puree
It really doesn’t get more tropical than this Margarita. Mangoes (fresh or frozen) give it a custardy, slightly funky flavor that will make a big impression at your next summer bash. The recipe makes enough for two, but if you don’t have someone to share it with, you’ll have a second Marg waiting for you in the freezer.