Reposado and añejo tequilas—both of which spend time in oak barrels—are delicious and can convert even ardent anti-agave people. But to really experience the bright, vegetal flavors that really define the spirit, you need to get into blanco tequila. The unaged, clear tequila adds a adds a unique flavor profile to any cocktail it touches. So whether you like things fruity, spicy or sour, try one of these cocktails to get your blanco fix.
The Best Blanco Tequila Cocktails
If you only have one tequila cocktail in your life, it’s going to be the Margarita. But the classic mix of blanco tequila, lime and agave has been bastardized by a variety of chain restaurants, with their sugary Margarita mixes and their oversized glasses. Keep it simple, keep it clean—that should be your motto when it comes to Margaritas.
If you don’t want to stray too far from the Margarita, but would just prefer something a little fruitier, try the Matador. Almost like a pineapple Margarita, it calls for lemon juice instead of lime to make the drink brighter and make the pineapple taste that much sweeter.
This tequila take on the Hemingway Daiquiri brings a lot to the table for a drink that’s so simple to make. Vegetal flavors from the tequila, tartness from the grapefruit, bitterness from the Campari—they all come together into a cocktail that will have you drifting off to a siesta when you’re done with it.
If you’ve been drinking boring old Bloody Marys all your life, now is your chance to break out of that slump. The Bloody Maria takes all the savory tomato flavor you love from a Bloody Mary, then ups the flavor with the addition of blanco tequila, jalapeño and both Tapatio and Tabasco hot sauces.
If there aren’t enough flavors going on in a Bloody Maria for you, go even bigger with the Swamp Fire. Not only does it use three different kinds of tequila, including green chile and jalapeño, it also brings in green chartreuse, pineapple and cilantro.
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This extra strong Sangria recipe uses a whole cup and a half of blanco tequila. If you’re looking to get a party going and get it going quickly, bring out a pitcher or two of this punch.