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Tequila Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

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A tequila old fashioned is an interesting riff on the original and it’s got at least one original ingredient that pairs very well with tequila. 

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What is Tequila Old Fashioned?

Tequila old fashioned is another riff on the classic recipe, using tequila instead of whiskey or bourbon. It also swaps the simple syrup for agave syrup, which is very fitting and offers a depth of flavor you don’t get with simple syrup. Overall it’s a departure form the original but definitely something you need to try if you’re a tequila fan. Here’s how to make your own. 

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Tequila Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Ioana Ciuraru
A tequila take on the old fashioned template.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • 0.5 oz agave syrup
  • an orange peel


  • In a shaker or mixing glass add tequila, bitters, and agave syrup, alongside a large ice cube. Stir until chilled.
  • Strain mix into rocks glass, preferably with a large ice cube.
  • Twist the orange peel into the glass, leave it in there.


The large ice cube is there to provide a lot of control over how much dilution you get in the drink.

When is this drink best ?

Tequila old fashioned is a great summer drink, but especially a summer evening one. It’s nearly-neat tequila, after all, so I’d see it as an after dinner drink, or something you enjoy on its own. 

My thoughts on Tequila Old Fashioned

I liked tequila old fashioned, though it’s too strong and even a bit overwhelming for me since I don’t usually have neat spirits. Even so, I could notice how well the agave syrup paired with tequila. The small amount of sweetness it brought made it go down easier. The aromatic bitters give the drink more depth, but I think they’re maybe not as great in this as they are in other old fashioned versions. However I used gold tequila; perhaps a different tequila might’ve worked better.

Overall I’d say this is a strong, drink, with a mostly sour flavor and a bittersweet note at the end. The orange peel is noticeable, but only towards the end. 

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If you like Tequila Old Fashioned, you might also like…

Tequila Honey Bee – a tequila and honey drink

Rum Old Fashioned – another old fashioned twist, with rum

Notes, substitutes, and tips

The recipe doesn’t state what kind of tequila to use, so feel free to use whichever you like. That being said, keep in mind it will be very noticeable since it’s going to be  mostly neat. Make sure it’s a tequila you love.

A reposado tequila, regardless of brand, would work well here. Its smoother and more refined than silver or gold, and it would pair better with the aromatic bitters. 

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