While we associate tequila cocktails with Mexico’s warm, tropical weather, tequila’s smokey and complex flavor lends well to fall and winter flavors like citrus and spices.
various types of tequila, each with a characteristic flavor and strength.
The warming effects of
tequila will stave off the winter shivers, putting you in a celebratory mood.
Below, I’ve compiled a list of fall tequila cocktails for you to mix this holiday season.
Meaning “the devil” in Spanish, this spicy and sweet cocktail is enough to entice guests to explore their dark sides.
El Diablo combines tequila with lime juice and black currant cassis, topping it off with
a fizzy ginger beer.
This recipe calls for
reposado tequila, making it dangerously smooth and easy to drink.
If you thought tequila and lime were the ultimate pair, wait till you try tequila and apples!
The apples and tequila cocktail combines reposado tequila with apple cider, walnut bitters, and lemon juice. The dash of cinnamon completes the recipe.
In my opinion, this cocktail tastes like a liquid version of apple walnut cobbler!
This simple, easy-to-make apple cider margarita is a real crowd-pleaser.
It’s a three-ingredient cocktail consisting of tequila, apple cider, and lime juice.
You can easily up the proportions of this recipe to make a pitcher or two for fall soirees.
I like to use cinnamon sugar instead of salt for the cocktail glass rims.
Sours usually include egg whites to create a frothy top to cut the tanginess of its other ingredients.
The cinnamon tequila sour is no exception, calling for an egg white to shake into a metal shaker with tequila, lemon juice, and cinnamon.
This cocktail is the perfect combination of spicy, sweet, and sour.
other popular sour cocktails!
Pumpkin spice is the epitome of fall flavors, appearing on every coffee shop and
fall dessert menu.
It follows, then, that you can infuse a cocktail with pumpkin spice.
This recipe has you make your own pumpkin spice puree to mix into the classic margarita recipe of tequila, Cointreau, and lime.
This dangerously alcoholic margarita uses two native Mexican spirits:
tequila and mezcal.
The smokiness of the mezcal pairs perfectly with maple syrup.
silver tequila to add a powerful alcoholic punch that stands up to and balances the sweet and smokey ingredients.
This cocktail is exceedingly complex and classy, making it a great dinner party drink.
If you like freshly baked pear tarts, you’ll find their flavor profile mirrored in this elegant cocktail.
This cinnamon pear margarita recipe has you make your own cinnamon-flavored simple syrup to combine with sweet pear nectar, tequila, and lemon juice.
Plus, the thin pair slice and a sprinkle of cinnamon garnish are aesthetically flattering.
Añejo is the Spanish word for “aged,” and
Añejo tequilas are aged to a smooth, subtle spirit perfect for sipping.
In the case of this cocktail, aged tequila replaces aged bourbon.
Añejo tequila combines angostura bitters and agave nectar for a smoother version of one of
the most beloved classic drinks.
This sweet cocktail recipe makes enough for a large party by throwing all the ingredients into a pitcher and stirring.
The combination of pear juice, honey, and triple sec makes this cocktail exceedingly sweet.
I like to add lime juice to cut the sweetness with tart citrus. You must let the ingredients marinate for at least an hour before serving them.
This blood moon cocktail recipe combines all fall flavors in one velvety red cocktail.
It uses the art of the age snap liqueur, which is essentially gingerbread cookies in spirit form.
Another ingredient is pumpkin real, which is effectively concentrated pumpkin spice pure.
The recipe calls for the harsh Blanco tequila to stand up to the other bold ingredients.
An authentic taste of Mexican summer with a fall twist, the mango tequila cider cocktail combines mango pure with hard apple cider, tequila, and lime juice.
Mangos may be
a summer fruit, but you can find them in the grocery store's frozen section during the summer months, already sliced into cubes for your puree.
This delightfully magenta-colored cocktail is an excellent option for a girl’s night.
It’s an easy cocktail to make by throwing the ingredients into a shaker.
The rich pomegranate juice and fresh lime juice make this a bright and tangy cocktail with an extra citrus kick from the Cointreau.
If you serve it with a twist of lime peel for garnish, its colors coordinate to make
the perfect Christmas cocktail.
Blood oranges are a sweeter, more colorful upgrade to the regular navel oranges.
This delicious cocktail uses fresh blood orange juice and lime juice with Cointreau and tequila for a decadent orange-flavored margarita.
You top it off with soda water for a refreshing and zesty mouth feel.
This Cranberry Apple Margarita is equal parts sweet and tart.
It uses tart cranberry juice and fresh apple cider with some extra sweetness from freshly squeezed orange juice.
You can easily scale this recipe up to make enough for a dinner party.
I like to use Cointreau instead of orange juice to get a more robust orange flavor.
other cranberry cocktails to make this fall!
This spiced pear cocktail drew inspiration from a tequila tasting.
The recipe favors the peppery taste of young Blanco tequila with citrus bitters, cinnamon, and vanilla.
The spicy and aromatic flavors get a delicate balance of sweetness from pear and honey.
This cocktail is easy to make with a complexity that’s sure to impress your guests.
Margaritas often overshadow the Paloma, an equally citrusy and
refreshing tequila cocktail featuring grapefruit, orange, and soda.
This cinnamon grapefruit Paloma gets a spicy fall-themed twist. It calls for cinnamon-flavored simple syrup to add spicy sweetness to the bitter grapefruit and
I think this cocktail is refreshing and warming at the same time.
Sangria is a famous party pitcher that uses the season’s freshest ingredients to make a veritable alcoholic wine-fruit punch.
This sangria recipe features citrus and apples in conjunction with red wine and spiced honey tequila for an authentic taste of fall.
With all the prep involved in making sangria, using spiced honey tequila saves you the step of having to make your own spiced simple syrup.
This classic Manhattan recipe substitutes aged whiskey for aged tequila.
As a classic cocktail, the Manhattan is perfect in its simplicity, combining angostura bitters, orange bitters, and sweet vermouth with the subtle smoothness of aged tequila.
The best part of this recipe is the unique garnish of
a luxardo cherry wrapped in prosciutto.
If you want to impress guests, the smoking blackberry sage margarita will make a professional mixologist tip their hat to your skills.
This recipe has you muddle fresh blackberries with sage before adding orange bitters, lemon, and maple syrup.
The combination of smokey tequila, sweet maple, earthy sage, and tangy blackberry is as irresistible as its deep maroon coloring.
A botanical and
Italian-inspired drink, the false start reposado tequila cocktail combines aged reposado tequila with cynar, vermouth, and bitter cardamaro.
Cynar is a liqueur made with herbs and artichokes that has a distinctly bitter flavor with a sweet finish.
The bitter and sweet herbaceous ingredients make this drink a vibrant and comforting fall drink.
Sip on these fall tequila cocktails to stay warm as the weather starts to cool down!
If tequila isn’t your liquor of choice, check out
other fall cocktails, from fall vodka cocktails to other spirits!
1. Choose your favorite recipe.
2. Gather the necessary ingredients. 3. Prep and cook your recipe. 4. Enjoy!