Our 5 Favorite Tequila Cocktails

favorite tequila cocktails

Today it’s our very own version of Christmas in July…National Tequila Day! We know, we know — you’ve been looking for a reason to throw back a margarita on a Monday, so we are here to give you not only a VERY good reason to raise that glass, but also all the tools you need to celebrate today to the fullest!

Below, you’ll find a round-up of some of our favorite tequila cocktails curated by Jacqueline Strum, founder of ThirstyNest (the first wine and spirits wedding registry), and GWS approved! If you’re not sure where to begin, may we suggest…all of them!? Oh, and worried about a Tuesday hangover? We HIGHLY recommend using our favorite Casamigos Tequila — drink up and still wake up bright and cheery! Yep, this is the tequila brand started by George Clooney + Rande Gerber. One of their goals, was to create a tequila that you could drink all day and not wake up with a hangover and we can attest this one tastes amazing and we’ve yet to wake up with a hangover but YMMV. A special little tip from your friends at GWS!

Cheers to Monday!

watermelon rose margarita recipe

Watermelon Rosé Margarita

Recipe via How Sweet Eats


  • Coarse Salt, for the rim
  • 2 ounces Tequila
  • 1.5 ounces Grand Marnier
  • 1 ounce Lime Juice
  • 2 ounces Watermelon Rosé Syrup
  • 2 ounces Watermelon Juice
  • 2 ounces Rosé
  • Frozen Peaches, for serving
  • Lime Wedges, for serving and garnish
  • Melon Balls, for garnish

Watermelon Rosé  Syrup

  • 1/2 cup Rosé
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Watermelon Juice
  • 1 1/4 cup Sugar

For the Watermelon Rosé Syrup

Combine the rosé, juice and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil while whisking constantly until the sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature; it will thicken slightly.

For the Margarita

Place the salt on a plate. Rim a glass with a lime wedge and dip in the salt to coat. Fill the glass with crushed ice.

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add the tequila, grand mariner, lime juice, syrup and watermelon juice. Shake for 30 seconds. Pour mixture into the glass, then top it off with rosé. Add a few lime wedges and melon balls for serving. 


sunny clementine recipe

Sunny Clementine

Recipe via The Sweetest Occasion and photo by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures

  • Juice of 3 Clementines
  • 1 ounce Triple Sec
  • 1 ounce Tequila
  • Sprig of Marjoram
  • Clementine Wedge, for garnish
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Sea Salt


Moisten the rim of your glass with clementine juice. Combine a pinch of cayenne pepper and sea salt (course ground is best) in a shallow bowl or plate. Turn the glass over onto the plate and coat the rim. Pour juice, triple sec, and tequila into a shaker. Shake well and pour over ice. Garnish with marjoram sprig.


toasted coconut margarita recipe

Toasted Coconut Margarita

Recipe via A Beautiful Mess


  • 1 ounce Cream of Coconut
  • 1.5 ounces Tequila
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 3 ounces Lime Juice
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup
  • 3 ounces Coconut Milk
  • 1 splash Half and Half
  • Sweetened Coconut Flakes

For the Toasted Coconut Rim

In a small frying pan over medium heat, cook 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes until the edges are brown. Get ready for your kitchen to smell absolutely incredible! Allow the flakes to cool and then crush them with your fingers. 

To create the rim, brush honey on the outside of the glass all the way around. Be sure to keep the honey on the outside of the rim, not inside. Next, roll the honeyed rim in the toasted coconut flakes until it is covered completely.  

For the Margarita 

Combine the cream of coconut, tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, simple syrup, coconut milk, and half and half into a shaker with ice. Shake and serve over ice. Garnish with a slice of lime.


rose tequila sangria recipe

Rosé Tequila Sangria

Recipe via Half Baked Harvest


  • 1 Bottle Rosé
  • 1 cup Tequila
  • 1 cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/3-2/3 cup Agave Nectar, to taste
  • 2 cups Fresh Strawberries, hulled + halved
  • 1 cup Sliced Peaches
  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 1 cup Pitted Cherries and/or Watermelon
  • 2-3 Limes, sliced
  • Original Flavored Kombucha or Sparkling Water, for topping
  • Basil, for garnish


In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients except the sparkling water (or kombucha) and basil. Stir, gently to combine and then place in the fridge until chilled.

To serve, give the sangria a good stir, then fill each glass with ice and pour the sangria over the ice. Top with sparkling water or kombucha. Garnish with basil and edible flowers. Drink up!


skinny paloma recipe

Skinny Paloma

Recipe via Eating Bird Food


  • 12 ounces Fresh Grapefruit Juice (2-3 pink or red grapefruits, juiced)
  • 3 ounces Tequila
  • 2 teaspoons Lime Juice
  • Ice
  • Grapefruit Flavored Sparkling Water, optional
  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, for the rim
  • Lime Weges


Add 1 shot of tequila, 6 ounces of grapefruit juice, 1 teaspoon of lime juice and ice into each glass. Stir to combine, add a splash of sparkling water (if using) and garnish with a lime wedge.