Tequila and Ginger Ale Cocktail Drink

Tequila & Ginger Ale

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Are you looking for a lively cocktail? This Tequila and Ginger Ale recipe is your answer! It’s a tasty drink, and you can easily make it with simple ingredients.

Tequila and Ginger Ale Recipe

This simple Tequila and Ginger Ale recipe will heat up your winter! With Tequila, ginger ale, and a hint of lime, this cocktail is the perfect cure for the cold.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

170 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 4 oz Ginger Ale
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer

Instructions

  • Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour 2 oz Tequila over the ice.
  • Top up the glass with approx. 4 oz Ginger Ale.
  • Stir gently to mix the ingredients.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge: squeeze it on the drink and drop it in the glass. Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you don't have Tequila on hand, you can use vodka or white rum as a substitute. Both will give a different flavor profile but still work well with the ginger ale.
  • Ginger Ale: If you're out of ginger ale, use ginger beer for a spicier kick or club soda for a less sweet option. Add some fresh ginger juice or grated ginger for that flavor.

Making a Pitcher of Tequila and Ginger Ale:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Tequila and 32 oz of ginger ale.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the tequila and ginger ale. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, garnish with a lime wedge, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic spirit like Seedlip Spice 94; it has complex flavors that work well in this cocktail.
  • Ginger Ale: You can keep the ginger ale as it is non-alcoholic.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Brands: Most tequilas and ginger ales are vegan, but it's always good to check. Some brands may use animal products in their processing methods.
  • Serve: After ensuring all your ingredients are vegan-friendly, follow the original steps and serve your vegan cocktail.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
170
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
9
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
10
g
3
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Potassium
 
2
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
3
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Tequila and Ginger Ale Cocktail Drink

Tequila and Ginger Ale Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This simple Tequila and Ginger Ale recipe will heat up your winter! With Tequila, ginger ale, and a hint of lime, this cocktail is the perfect cure for the cold.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 170

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 4 oz Ginger Ale
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer

Instructions

  • Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour 2 oz Tequila over the ice.
  • Top up the glass with approx. 4 oz Ginger Ale.
  • Stir gently to mix the ingredients.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge: squeeze it on the drink and drop it in the glass. Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you don't have Tequila on hand, you can use vodka or white rum as a substitute. Both will give a different flavor profile but still work well with the ginger ale.
  • Ginger Ale: If you're out of ginger ale, use ginger beer for a spicier kick or club soda for a less sweet option. Add some fresh ginger juice or grated ginger for that flavor.

Making a Pitcher of Tequila and Ginger Ale:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Tequila and 32 oz of ginger ale.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the tequila and ginger ale. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, garnish with a lime wedge, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic spirit like Seedlip Spice 94; it has complex flavors that work well in this cocktail.
  • Ginger Ale: You can keep the ginger ale as it is non-alcoholic.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Brands: Most tequilas and ginger ales are vegan, but it's always good to check. Some brands may use animal products in their processing methods.
  • Serve: After ensuring all your ingredients are vegan-friendly, follow the original steps and serve your vegan cocktail.

What is a Tequila and Ginger Ale?

A Tequila and Ginger Ale is a spirit-based cocktail made of Tequila and ginger ale, often garnished with a lime wedge. This drink is relatively easy to make as it only requires measuring tequila and ginger ale proportions before stirring them together in an ice-filled glass.

This cocktail isn’t directly a variant of any well-known cocktails. Still, it belongs to the family of highball drinks – simple cocktails composed primarily of one type of liquor (spirit) and one non-alcoholic mixer.

A side shot of a Tequila and Ginger Ale cocktail in a highball glass on a white coaster placed on a metal tray surrounded by a Tequila bottle, a jigger and a red cloth.

What is a Tequila and Ginger Ale made of – The ingredients

Get ready to mix a Tequila and Ginger Ale with these ingredients:

  • Tequila: This is the primary alcohol in the cocktail. It provides the robust and distinctive flavor that characterizes Tequila and Ginger Ale.
  • Ginger Ale: This mixer adds a sweet, spicy kick. It also contributes to the effervescence of the cocktail.
  • Ice Cubes: These are used to chill the drink, making it more refreshing. They also help dilute the strong flavors slightly, making the cocktail smoother.
  • Lime Wedge (for garnish): A slice of lime makes the drink look more appealing and allows drinkers to add an extra splash of citrus if desired.

Tequila and Ginger Ale laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Tequila and Ginger Ale?

Discover the simplicity of making a Tequila and Ginger Ale with our step-by-step guide:

1
<p>Start by filling a highball or tall glass with ice cubes. This will ensure that your drink stays chilled for a more extended period.</p>

Start by filling a highball or tall glass with ice cubes. This will ensure that your drink stays chilled for a more extended period.

2
<p>Pour two ounces of Tequila into the glass. You can use any brand of Tequila that you prefer, but a high-quality tequila will enhance the overall taste of your cocktail.</p>

Pour two ounces of Tequila into the glass. You can use any brand of Tequila that you prefer, but a high-quality tequila will enhance the overall taste of your cocktail.

3
<p>Next, add four ounces of ginger ale to the glass. The ginger ale adds a sweet and spicy flavor to the cocktail, balancing out the strong taste of the Tequila.</p>

Next, add four ounces of ginger ale to the glass. The ginger ale adds a sweet and spicy flavor to the cocktail, balancing out the strong taste of the Tequila.

4
<p>Stir the mixture gently with a long spoon or a cocktail stirrer. This will help to combine the tequila and ginger ale, ensuring that the flavors are evenly distributed throughout the drink.</p>

Stir the mixture gently with a long spoon or a cocktail stirrer. This will help to combine the tequila and ginger ale, ensuring that the flavors are evenly distributed throughout the drink.

5
<p>For a touch of freshness, squeeze a lime wedge over the glass.</p>

For a touch of freshness, squeeze a lime wedge over the glass.

6
<p>Then, drop the squeezed lime wedge into the glass. The lime's tartness will complement the ginger ale's sweetness and the Tequila's robust flavor.</p>

Then, drop the squeezed lime wedge into the glass. The lime's tartness will complement the ginger ale's sweetness and the Tequila's robust flavor.

History and Origin of the Tequila and Ginger Ale

Back in the 16th century, Spanish explorers ran out of their brandy. So, they began to make a new drink from agave. This strong, fiery drink became what we now call Tequila. Both locals and visitors loved it.

Then, in the 19th century, ginger ale came onto the scene. It first showed up in Ireland but quickly became popular in England. People first used it as medicine, but its unique taste made it a great cocktail addition.

The mix of these two drinks – Tequila and ginger ale – is new. We can’t say precisely when this cocktail first popped up, but it was probably in the late 20th century. That’s when bartenders started to use different mixers to tone down the strong flavor of Tequila.

A Tequila and Ginger Ale cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Tequila and Ginger Ale

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FAQ

How many calories does a Tequila and Ginger Ale drink contain?
A standard Tequila and Ginger Ale cocktail typically contains 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific brands of tequila and ginger ale used, as well as the size of the serving.
What is the strength of a Tequila and Ginger Ale cocktail?
The strength of a Tequila and Ginger Ale cocktail largely depends on the ratio of Tequila to ginger ale. Generally, the overall ABV for a Tequila and Ginger would be approximately 10-15%. This translates to about 20-30 proofs.
What type of alcohol is used in a Tequila and Ginger Ale drink?
As the name suggests, Tequila is the primary alcohol used in a Tequila and Ginger Ale cocktail. The type of Tequila can vary based on personal preference, but blanco or silver tequilas are commonly used for their clean, crisp flavor.
What kind of glass is a Tequila and Ginger Ale served?
A Tequila and Ginger Ale cocktail is typically served in a highball glass. This tall, straight-sided glass allows plenty of room for ice and a mixer, making it ideal for long drinks like this one.
What does a Tequila and Ginger Ale taste like?
A Tequila and Ginger Ale cocktail offers a delightful balance of flavors. The sharpness of the Tequila is mellowed by the sweet, spicy notes of the ginger ale, resulting in a refreshing drink with a bit of kick.
What is the ratio of Tequila to ginger ale in this cocktail?
The standard ratio for a Tequila and Ginger Ale cocktail is one part tequila to two parts ginger ale. However, you can adjust this to taste.
How is a Tequila and Ginger Ale cocktail served?
A Tequila and Ginger Ale cocktail is typically served over ice. This means the drink is poured over ice cubes in the glass rather than shaken with ice and then strained. The ice helps to keep the drink cool and dilutes it slightly, making it more refreshing.

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