While there are many spirited adult beverages that get the party started, tequila always brings the celebration to a fun level. Perhaps that’s because tequila is associated with beaches, and fun — and then the party really gets going. No better way to say cheers (¡Salud!) and celebrate National Tequila Day — or any day — with these 7 delicious tequila recipes featuring tequila cocktail recipes, an appetizer, and tequila-chocolate pairing tips .
7 Delicious Tequila Recipes: Cocktails & Food Pairings
For me, tequila is a love-hate relationship. Yes, I do love tequila, especially in tequila cocktail recipes. And when traveling to Mexico and staying at my favorite all-inclusive resorts, I might enjoy it a bit too much as the next morning I am estoy crudita — literally translated to “I’m raw,” aka I drank too much tequila! Raise your hand if you’ve been there…
But for those tequila lovers looking for fun ways to serve up their favorite tequila cocktail recipes, appetizer or chocolate pairing, here are 7 delicious tequila recipes (both tequila recipe drinks and tasty tequila edibles), courtesy of our friends at Barceló Hotel Group properties in Mexico and at Hilton Miami Downtown.
Tequila Cocktail Recipes
1. Cucumber-Jalapeño Infused Margarita
- 6 slices of cucumber
- 3 slices of jalapeño
- 4 oz white tequila
- 2 oz cup Grand Marnier
- 4 oz of simple syrup
- 4 oz lime juice
Grab a cocktail shaker and fill it with 4 oz of white tequila (of your choice), 2 oz of Grand Marnier, 4 oz of simple syrup and 4 oz of lime juice. Throw 6 cucumber slices and 3 jalapeño slices into the mix, allowing it to infuse for at least 3 minutes. Pour the mixture into a salt-rimmed glass and serve with lots of ice.
Enjoy it at Allegro Cozumel, Cozumel, Mexico where guests can also enjoy this margarita while they learn to make guacamole from scratch with the hotel’s chef!
2. Guava Margarita
- 1 ½ oz. of Tequila Reposado
- 1 oz of Triple Sec
- 1 oz. of lemon juice.
- 1 oz guava concentrate
- 1 oz rosemary syrup (homemade)
- 1 oz of pineapple juice
- 6 oz ice cubes
- 1 slice of star fruit (for garnish)
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour mixture into a margarita glass or serving glass of your choice. Garnish with a slice of star fruit and rosemary sprig.
Enjoy it at Occidental at Xcaret Destination, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
3. Serrano Chili Pepper Margarita
- 1 ½ oz of tequila
- 1 oz. of triple dry
- 1 ½ oz serrano chili syrup (Homemade)
- 1 oz. of lemon juice
- Ice cubes
Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour mixture into serving glass of your choice and serve with ice. Spice up your mixture with a decorative serrano chili pepper — and then you’ll enjoy this tequila recipes with a kick.
Enjoy it at: Occidental at Xcaret Destination, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
4. Red Pepper Margarita
- Red pepper pulp
- Orange liquor
- 5 oz lime juice
- 5 oz of tequila
Pour 0.5 oz of lime juice, 1.5 oz of tequila (of choice) and red pepper pulp into a cocktail shaker. Shake well for about six seconds. Pour the cocktail into your glass of choice, serve with ice and enjoy!
Enjoy it at Occidental Nuevo Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
5. Julio Watermelon Margarita
- 2 oz Don Julio Silver Tequila
- .25 oz Watermelon liquor
- 1 cup of crushed fresh watermelon
- .5 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
- Watermelon Slice
Instructions: Muddle the crushed watermelon and liquor into a cocktail shaker. Add the remaining ingredients, ice and shake. Double-strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a watermelon slice.
Enjoy it at: Hilton Miami Downtown, Miami, Florida
6. Cielito Lindo with Tequila Blanco
- 2 oz Tequila Blanco
- A dash of lemon juice
- 1 oz Pineapple juice
- 1 oz Lime soda
- 3 slices of cucumber (garnish is optional)
- 1 slice of orange (cut in half)
- 2 lemon wedges
- Chili pepper and salt (for rimming glass)
Instructions: Grab a shaker and mix all of the liquid ingredients together. Shake well! Using a hurricane cocktail glass or serving glass of your choice, rim your glass with chili pepper and salt for an extra kick of flavor. Fill the glass with ice and add in the cucumber, orange, and lemon slices. Pour liquid mixture and enjoy!
Enjoy it at Barceló Gran Faro Los Cabos, Los Cabos, Mexico
7. Tequila Recipes & Chocolate Flan Pairing
Chocolate flan is an extremely popular Mexican dessert. At Barceló Maya, chocolate flan is typically paired with a serving of mature tequila. Pairing an aged tequila with chocolate or creamy-based desert combines the wooden allure of the tequila with the sweet soft tones of the desert. This combination is typically enjoyed as an after-dinner delight.
Enjoy it at Barceló Maya Grand Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico
And of course, the best pairing for tequila is guacamole, right?
What is your favorite tequila recipes? And what is your favorite tequila food pairing? Share with us in the comments below