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Tequila Tonic Cocktail Recipe

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Tequila tonic sounds like a refreshing summer cocktail, and that’s exactly what it is ! An exercise in the spirit+tonic water template, and it’s highly customizable. 

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What is Tequila Tonic?

Tequila tonic is a simple, refreshing mix of tequila and tonic water. It uses the same template as gin and tonic, except the spirit is different. This means you can easily customize this drink to your preferences by tweaking the tequila or tonic water you use. A squirt of citrus is not mandatory in this, but definitely helps things along.  

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Tequila Tonic Cocktail Recipe

Ioana Ciuraru
A simple but refreshing highball, with ingredients you likely already have.
Servings 1


  • 1.5 oz tequila
  • 3 oz tonic water


  • Get a rocks or Collins glass, fill it halfway with ice.
  • Pour in tequila, then tonic water.
  • Stir lightly before serving.


A bit of citrus is always welcome in this mix, either as garnish or just a squirt into the drink.

When is this drink best ?

I think tequila tonic works great as a summer cocktail, especially if you’re looking for something with a bitter and sour edge to it. This won’t be sweet, so it’s really a good option to beat the summer heat. And since it’s such a casual drink it can work in any setting, from your backyard to a wedding venue. 

My thoughts on Tequila Tonic

I found tequila tonic to be quite bitter, but that might just be my tonic water. There wasn’t any real sweetness in this drink, at least not enough to be noticeable. If you’re a fan of mild sours, this might just be for you.

Tequila plays well enough with tonic water, though I think a flavored tonic would’ve worked better here; something like a cucumber version would’ve been nice. 

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If you like Tequila Tonic, you might also like…

Tequila Soda – a mix of tequila and club soda

Gin Tonic – the classic gin and tonic water mix

Vodka Tonic – a vodka and tonic mix

Tequila Coke – a simple mix of tequila and Coca Cola

Notes, substitutes, and tips

The tequila you use will be noticeable in this, so make sure you use a version you like, be it gold or silver. 

I used plain tonic water, but I think flavored tonic water would’ve worked better. Something like cucumber, pink grapefruit, bitter lemon, or something similar might work well with tequila. 

A bit of flavored syrup might also work in this, to add a hint of color, sweetness, and fruity notes. 

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