11 Grown-Up Ways to Enjoy Tequila

<p>Tequila is the "it girl" at the party right now! So toss that syrupy margarita mix and explore these craft cocktails and cool bites that celebrate the grown-up flavor of tequila instead of masking it.</p>

1. Jalapeño Paloma

Jalapeno Paloma

Hot, spicy, smoky ... no, I'm not referring to a nightclub from your party days! I'm talking about this Jalapeño Paloma that blends smoky mezcal, fiery jalapeño simple syrup, and refreshing grapefruit juice into a summertime cocktail that is not for the faint of heart.

Jalapeño Paloma from What Should I Make For

2. Tequila Kiwi Smash

Kiwi Smash

No muddled flavors here! Kiwi slices and mint get smashed together with silver tequila and a splash of club soda for a bright and bubbly concoction that will make your taste buds tingle.

Tequila Kiwi Smash from No Spoon Necessary

3. Tequila Bloody Mary Bar

Tequila Bloody Mary

Garnishes, garnishes, garnishes! The party doesn't have to stop when you pair this tequila-spiked bloody Mary with out-of-the-box toppings like cheese cubes, bacon, and corn chips. It's breakfast in a glass (with a kick)!

Tequila Bloody Mary Bar from Beautiful Booze

4. Margarita Watermelon Bites

Margarita Watermelon Bites

No straw required to enjoy these boozy watermelon margarita bites. Watermelon rounds take a good long soak in a tequila marinade before being topped with salty cojita cheese and candied jalapeños. Every kid's favorite fruit is definitely all grown up.

Margarita Watermelon Bites from What Should I Make For...

5. Coffee Tequila Cream Cocktail

Coffee Tequila Cream Cocktail

This is what you need to be sipping as you unwind around the fire pit on a cool summer night. Coffee-flavored tequila is shaken with Irish cream and finished with a dollop of cinnamon whipped cream in this decadent drink that is one part cocktail, one part dessert, and two parts aah!

Coffee Tequila Cream Cocktail from Honey and Birch

6. Pineapple, Jalapeño, and Ginger Margarita Slushie

Pineapple, Jalapeño and Ginger Margarita

This cocktail is like the girl that everyone wants to talk to at the party. She's got depth, sweetness, and a definite edge thanks to jalapeño-infused tequila. Who wouldn't be lining up for a date with this chic and cool slushie?

Pineapple, Jalapeño, and Ginger Margarita Slushie from No Spoon Necessary

7. Spicy Raspberry Margarita

Spicy Raspberry Margarita

It's all about the element of surprise in this fruity libation. A little sweetness, a hint of heat, and robust effervescence (thanks to raspberry ginger beer) put this twist on a basic margarita in a class by itself.

Spicy Raspberry Margarita from Beautiful Booze

8. Tropical Tequila Delight

Tropical Tequila Delight

You'll want to grab your towel and head to the tropics after one taste of this tequila delight. Pineapple juice and yellow chartreuse in this summery cocktail make you feel like you're sipping on sunshine. It tastes like a pina colada and a margarita got hitched.

Tropical Tequila Delight from Beautiful Booze

9. Tequila Sunrise Cocktail

Tequila Sunrise Cocktail

Simple? Yes. Boring? Never! You only need three ingredients and a blender to make this vibrant slushie cocktail that looks like the summer sun and tastes as good as the warm rays feel.

Tequila Sunrise Cocktail from Honey and Birch

10. Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles

Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles

Nothing juvenile about these icy orange juice treats infused with spicy tequila and grenadine. When the kids go running for the ice cream truck, you can head to the freezer and grab a cooling Popsicle that is the perfect indulgence for the 21+ crowd.

Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles from Floating Kitchen

11. Pumpkin Beertail with Tequila and Spiced Rum

Pumpkin Beertail with Tequila and Spiced Rum

Stick a pin in this recipe for when the nights get cooler and you're looking for a comforting, zesty cocktail to sip while the sun sets. This combination of pumpkin, tequila, and spiced rum will warm you from the inside out as you kick back and enjoy those magical end-of-the-summer nights.

Pumpkin Beertail with Tequila and Spiced Rum from Floating Kitchen

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