Tequila Cooler Cocktail Drink

Tequila Cooler

A shot of Gavin Wrigley looking to the camera in a dimly lit room
Written by Gavin Wrigley

Are you looking for the perfect cocktail to cool down? You’ve found it with this easy-to-make Tequila Cooler recipe! It’s a refreshing drink full of tasty ingredients.

Tequila Cooler Recipe

Relax with our simple Tequila Cooler recipe! The blend of Tequila, fresh lime juice, soda water, and a dash of simple syrup makes it an ideal drink for the spring season.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

195 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • 3-4 oz soda water, to top up
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel or wedge, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill a Highball glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Measure and pour ¾ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Lime Juice: Squeeze 1 oz fresh lime juice into the shaker as well.
  • Add Tequila: Add 2 oz Silver Tequila to the mix.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice, close it, and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Take the Highball glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. Add more ice if necessary and strain the drink from the shaker into the ice-filled glass.
  • Top with Soda: Top up the glass with approx. 3-4 oz soda water, adjusting to taste and to the size of the glass, and stir gently to combine.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you don't have Tequila on hand, you can use vodka or gin as a substitute. It won't have the same flavor profile but will still make a refreshing drink. For a smoky twist, try using Mezcal instead of Tequila.
  • Lime Juice: Bottled lime juice can work in a pinch if fresh limes aren't available. However, I always recommend fresh when possible for the best flavor. Fresh lemon juice can also be used to make this drink if you happen to have lemons on hand.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat. Alternatively, agave nectar is a great substitute that pairs well with Tequila.

Making a Pitcher of Tequila Cooler:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Tequila, 8 oz of lime juice, and 6 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, top with soda water, garnish with a lime wheel or wedge, and serve immediately. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge in an airtight container. It should be kept for about 3 days.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; several brands are available that mimic Tequila's flavor quite well. Otherwise, you can use fresh orange juice as a substitute. You can also try making your own substitute by mixing together water, a pinch of smoked salt, a splash of tonic, and a bit of agave syrup (to taste).
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Tequila, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Tequila Cooler cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including Tequila, are vegan-friendly (although it is always a good idea to check the brand's website for safety).

Nutrition Facts

Calories
195
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
31
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
18
g
6
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
16
g
18
%
Potassium
 
49
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
14
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
11
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Tequila Cooler Cocktail Drink

Tequila Cooler Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Relax with our simple Tequila Cooler recipe! The blend of Tequila, fresh lime juice, soda water, and a dash of simple syrup makes it an ideal drink for the spring season.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 195

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • 3-4 oz soda water - to top up
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel or wedge - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill a Highball glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Measure and pour ¾ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Lime Juice: Squeeze 1 oz fresh lime juice into the shaker as well.
  • Add Tequila: Add 2 oz Silver Tequila to the mix.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice, close it, and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Take the Highball glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. Add more ice if necessary and strain the drink from the shaker into the ice-filled glass.
  • Top with Soda: Top up the glass with approx. 3-4 oz soda water, adjusting to taste and to the size of the glass, and stir gently to combine.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you don't have Tequila on hand, you can use vodka or gin as a substitute. It won't have the same flavor profile but will still make a refreshing drink. For a smoky twist, try using Mezcal instead of Tequila.
  • Lime Juice: Bottled lime juice can work in a pinch if fresh limes aren't available. However, I always recommend fresh when possible for the best flavor. Fresh lemon juice can also be used to make this drink if you happen to have lemons on hand.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat. Alternatively, agave nectar is a great substitute that pairs well with Tequila.

Making a Pitcher of Tequila Cooler:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Tequila, 8 oz of lime juice, and 6 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, top with soda water, garnish with a lime wheel or wedge, and serve immediately. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge in an airtight container. It should be kept for about 3 days.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; several brands are available that mimic Tequila's flavor quite well. Otherwise, you can use fresh orange juice as a substitute. You can also try making your own substitute by mixing together water, a pinch of smoked salt, a splash of tonic, and a bit of agave syrup (to taste).
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Tequila, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Tequila Cooler cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including Tequila, are vegan-friendly (although it is always a good idea to check the brand's website for safety).

What is a Tequila Cooler?

A Tequila Cooler is a long drink made of Tequila, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and soda water. It’s not difficult to make as it only requires three main ingredients and some simple steps: mixing the Tequila with the citrus juice and sugar and then topping it off with soda water. This refreshing drink is perfect for summer parties or any casual gathering.

A side shot of a Tequila Cooler cocktail in a highball glass on a coaster placed on a white table surrounded bya jigger, a bar spoon, and a bowl with limes, in front of a green background

What is a Tequila Cooler made of – The ingredients

Follow our uncomplicated steps to make a delicious Tequila Cooler:

  • Tequila: The primary spirit in the cocktail, it provides a distinctive flavor and kick.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a tart, citrusy note that balances the Tequila’s strong taste.
  • Simple Syrup: Sweetens the drink and helps mellow out the lime juice’s sharpness.
  • Club Soda: Topped off to add fizziness and dilute the intense flavors, making the cocktail more sippable.
  • Ice Cubes: Chills the drink and dilutes the intense flavors over time.
  • Lime Wheel or Wedge (for garnish): Enhances presentation and adds an extra hint of flavor when sipped.

Silver Tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, soda, sugar cubes and lime laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Tequila Cooler?

Learn how to concoct a Tequila Cooler using our straightforward guide:

1
<p>Start by filling a Highball glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to ensure the glass is well-chilled, then set it aside.</p>

Start by filling a Highball glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to ensure the glass is well-chilled, then set it aside.

2
<p>Take your cocktail shaker and pour ¾ ounce of simple syrup inside.The simple syrup will add sweetness to the drink, balancing out the tartness of the lime juice.</p>

Take your cocktail shaker and pour ¾ ounce of simple syrup inside.The simple syrup will add sweetness to the drink, balancing out the tartness of the lime juice.

3
<p>Add one ounce of lime juice to the shaker. The lime juice adds a tangy, citrusy flavor that compliments the Tequila beautifully.</p>

Add one ounce of lime juice to the shaker. The lime juice adds a tangy, citrusy flavor that compliments the Tequila beautifully.

4
<p>Follow this with two ounces of Tequila. The Tequila serves as the drink's base, providing a strong, robust flavor that the other ingredients will balance out.</p>

Follow this with two ounces of Tequila. The Tequila serves as the drink's base, providing a strong, robust flavor that the other ingredients will balance out.

5
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes. </p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

6
<p>Now, it's time to shake everything together. Secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. This will mix all the ingredients and chill the drink.</p>

Now, it's time to shake everything together. Secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. This will mix all the ingredients and chill the drink.

7
<p>Once you've shaken the drink, take the Highball glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. Add more ice if necessary, then strain the drink from the shaker into the ice-filled glass.</p>

Once you've shaken the drink, take the Highball glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. Add more ice if necessary, then strain the drink from the shaker into the ice-filled glass.

8
<p>Top the drink off with club soda (approximately 3-4 ounces). The club soda adds a bit of fizz to the drink, making it more refreshing and enjoyable.</p>

Top the drink off with club soda (approximately 3-4 ounces). The club soda adds a bit of fizz to the drink, making it more refreshing and enjoyable.

9
<p>Finally, garnish the drink with a slice of lime. The lime slice makes the drink look more appealing and adds a final touch of citrus flavor. Serve immediately, and enjoy!</p>

Finally, garnish the drink with a slice of lime. The lime slice makes the drink look more appealing and adds a final touch of citrus flavor. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

A Tequila Cooler cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Silver Tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, soda, sugar cubes and lime

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Tequila Cooler?
A standard serving of a Tequila Cooler contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Tequila Cooler?
The strength of a Tequila Cooler can vary based on the amount of Tequila used. Typically, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 8-10% and a proof of 16-20. This makes it a relatively light cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Tequila Cooler?
As the name suggests, the primary alcohol in a Tequila Cooler is Tequila. The quality and flavor profile of the Tequila can significantly impact the overall taste of the drink, so make sure to use a good quality bottle that you like, preferably 100% agave.
In what type of glass is a Tequila Cooler served?
Traditionally, a Tequila Cooler is served in a highball glass. This tall, straight-sided glass allows for plenty of ice and mixer, enhancing the refreshing nature of the drink.
What does a Tequila Cooler taste like?
A Tequila Cooler offers a refreshing blend of flavors. The Tequila provides an earthy base, while the addition of lime juice adds a tangy citrus note. The soda water gives it a fizzy, refreshing finish.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Tequila Cooler?
The typical ratio for a Tequila Cooler is 1 part fresh lime juice to two parts silver tequila, ¾ part simple syrup and 3 to 4 parts club soda. However, you can adjust these ratios to suit your taste preferences.
How is a Tequila Cooler served with ice?
A Tequila Cooler is usually served over ice or "on the rocks." This helps to keep the drink chilled and dilutes the cocktail slightly, making it more refreshing.
Is a Tequila Cooler suitable for all occasions?
Yes, a Tequila Cooler is a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed anytime. Its refreshing nature makes it perfect for summer parties and barbecues, while its moderate alcohol content makes it suitable for more relaxed occasions.

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