If “tequila cocktails” was a category on Family Feud, the No. 1 answer would definitely be the Margarita, with the Tequila Sunrise and the Bloody Maria trailing behind. But tequila has much more to offer than those (rightfully) popular cocktails. The next time you find yourself reaching for the blanco (or reposado or anejo), satisfy your agave-based cravings with something new, and mix up one of these overlooked, classic tequila cocktails instead. From spicy shooters to tropical tipples, here are five of the most underrated tequila cocktails you should be drinking.
5 Underrated Tequila Cocktails
The Siesta makes an impressive first impression—it’s pinkish-orange hue is reminiscent of a vibrant sunset. Luckily, it delivers on those high expectations. Grapefruit juice and Campari play beautifully with each other, creating a bittersweet base enhanced by lime juice and tequila. It’s refreshing to the last drop.
This tiny flavor powerhouse, made with fruit juices, hot sauce and chile seasonings, is meant to be served alongside a shot of tequila. Quell the Sangrita’s spicy kick with a sip of tequila, and then chase the tequila with more Sangrita, and so on and so forth until you need another round.
When a frosty, creamy Piña Colada seems too indulgent or ostentatious for a casual night out at the bar or on the couch, opt for a Baja Gold instead. The tropical taste of pineapple and sweet agave syrup come together with golden reposado tequila for a getaway in a rocks glass.
This remix of a cocktail combines the white rum and grapefruit juice of a Hemingway Daiquiri with the reposado tequila and pineapple juice of a Baja Gold, creating a cocktail as fun as its namesake beach town. It’ll transport you to white sand beaches and crystal blue waters.
The Paloma mixes fizzy grapefruit soda with tequila and lime juice. It’s a simple drink that’s a great canvas for customization, like this Salted Rosemary variation from New York City’s Dante. Despite being the national cocktail of Mexico, many Americans have never heard of this classic tequila-tail. Further your education by mixing one up for yourself tonight, then go forth and preach the good word.