Tequila and Tonic: a refreshing, bubbly cocktail

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If you love the Gin and Tonic, you should try the Tequila and Tonic. It’s along the same lines, blending white tequila with some tonic water and fresh lime juice. It’s refreshing, tart, and delicious.

This drink has a light, refreshing taste that will be appreciated by those who don’t love the surplus of really sweet cocktails out there. It goes with any meal and any occasion.

And even though it’s got two and a half ounces of tequila, the tonic water balances it out and makes it a nice long drink.

Now, let’s talk about lime. Traditionally, you would just squeeze one lime wedge into this drink, drop the spent lime into the drink, and serve it.

Tequila and Tonic drink with lime

But I love lime, so I usually go for two to three wedges of juice. And it also depends on the size of your lime. So I say it’s “to taste.” Put in a tiny bit of a lime, or turn the drink into tequila limeade. The choice is yours.

You’ll taste the tequila in this drink, so pick a bottle you like. I recommend Altos if you like a mild, smooth tequila, and Casa Noble reposado if you want one with a little more bite.

As for the tonic water, Schweppes is a good choice. Or if you want to make your own tonic instead of using store-bought? Check out this tonic making kit that lets you blend your own without any artificial stuff.

Tequila and Tonic drink with lime
Yield: 1 drink

Tequila and Tonic Drink Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The Tequila and Tonic cocktail makes a refreshing change from the Gin and Tonic. It blends tequila with tonic and lime juice, and the result is a bubbly, delicious drink.


  • 2 1/2 ounces white tequila
  • Tonic water
  • Squeeze of lime, to taste
  • Salt (for glass rim)


  1. Rim a highball glass with salt.
  2. Fill the glass with ice.
  3. Pour in the tequila.
  4. Fill the rest of the way with tonic water.
  5. Garnish with lime wheel.

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