Tequila Slammer Cocktail Drink

Tequila Slammer

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Looking for a fun and easy shot for your next party? Give this Tequila Slammer recipe a go! It’s easy to make and you can personalize it to your taste.

Tequila Slammer Recipe

This easy Tequila Slammer recipe is perfect for your next party! This Tequila shot topped with any fizzy drink of your choice is super easy to make and it’s a festive and versatile option.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

75 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz Fizzy drink of your choice, Ginger Ale / Soda Water / Tonic Water / Sprite / Champagne…
  • Lemon or Lime Wedge, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Shot Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Fill your shot glass halfway with approx. 1 oz Tequilaadjusting to the size of your glass.
  • Top up with approx. 1 oz Fizzy drink of your choice.
  • Serve with a lemon or lime wedge on the side.
  • Before drinking, hold and cover the top of the glass with the palm of your hand to seal the content inside. Then, pick up the glass and slam it before immediately drinking it in one go while the drink is still fizzing.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: You can use vodka or white rum if you don't have Tequila. Both will give a different flavor profile but still work well in this
  • Soda Water: Club soda or any clear carbonated beverage can be used as a substitute for soda water. Just be aware that flavored sodas will alter the taste of the cocktail.

Making it Vegan:

  • Tequila: Most tequilas are already vegan, but it's always good to check the brand, as some may use animal products in their processing methods.
  • Soda Water: Soda water is naturally vegan.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
75
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
2
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Potassium
 
1
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
1
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Tequila Slammer Cocktail Drink

Tequila Slammer Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This easy Tequila Slammer recipe is perfect for your next party! This Tequila shot topped with any fizzy drink of your choice is super easy to make and it’s a festive and versatile option.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 75

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz Fizzy drink of your choice - Ginger Ale / Soda Water / Tonic Water / Sprite / Champagne…
  • Lemon or Lime Wedge - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Shot Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Fill your shot glass halfway with approx. 1 oz Tequilaadjusting to the size of your glass.
  • Top up with approx. 1 oz Fizzy drink of your choice.
  • Serve with a lemon or lime wedge on the side.
  • Before drinking, hold and cover the top of the glass with the palm of your hand to seal the content inside. Then, pick up the glass and slam it before immediately drinking it in one go while the drink is still fizzing.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: You can use vodka or white rum if you don't have Tequila. Both will give a different flavor profile but still work well in this
  • Soda Water: Club soda or any clear carbonated beverage can be used as a substitute for soda water. Just be aware that flavored sodas will alter the taste of the cocktail.

Making it Vegan:

  • Tequila: Most tequilas are already vegan, but it's always good to check the brand, as some may use animal products in their processing methods.
  • Soda Water: Soda water is naturally vegan.

What is a Tequila Slammer?

A Tequila Slammer is a spirit-based shot made of Tequila and carbonated drink, usually lemon-lime soda or even ginger ale. It’s simple to make, requiring only two ingredients and no special tools or techniques.

A side shot of a Tequila Slammer cocktail in a shot glass on a yellow tray placed on a grey surface with a red cloth around.

What is a Tequila Slammer made of – The ingredients

With our clear instructions, learn the art of making a Tequila Slammer:

  • Tequila: The primary spirit in the cocktail, it provides the strong, distinctive flavor that defines a Tequila Slammer.
  • Champagne or Carbonated Drink: This adds enthusiasm to the drink, creating a fizzy sensation that contrasts with Tequila’s intensity.
  • Lime or Lemon Slice: This garnish adds a touch of acidity and freshness, balancing out the strong flavors of the other ingredients.

Tequila and ginger ale laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Tequila Slammer?

Use our easy guide to master the process of making a Tequila Slammer:

1
<p>Start by filling a shot glass halfway with Tequila. Make sure to use good-quality Tequila for the best flavor.</p>

Start by filling a shot glass halfway with Tequila. Make sure to use good-quality Tequila for the best flavor.

2
<p>Next, top off the shot glass with an equal amount of soda.  The soda should fill the rest of the glass, creating a 50/50 mix of Tequila and soda.</p>

Next, top off the shot glass with an equal amount of soda. The soda should fill the rest of the glass, creating a 50/50 mix of Tequila and soda.

3
<p>Garnish with a citrus wedge and serve immediately.</p>

Garnish with a citrus wedge and serve immediately.

A Tequila Slammer cocktail, shot from above, in a shot glass on a beige surface surrounded by tequila and ginger ale.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Tequila Slammer?
A standard serving of a Tequila Slammer contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific brands of alcohol used and the size of the serving.
How strong is a Tequila Slammer?
The strength of a Tequila Slammer can vary based on the ingredient ratio. Typically, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 20-25% and a proof rating of 40-50. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Tequila Slammer?
As the name suggests, Tequila is the primary alcohol used. In addition to Tequila, a carbonated beverage such as soda water or champagne is also used.
In what type of glass is a Tequila Slammer served?
Traditionally, a Tequila Slammer is served in an old-fashioned glass, which is short and sturdy. This type of glass is ideal for this cocktail as it allows for the 'slamming' action that gives the drink its name.
What does a Tequila Slammer taste like?
A Tequila Slammer offers a unique blend of flavors. The Tequila provides a smooth, slightly sweet base with hints of agave, while the carbonated beverage adds fizz and lightness. The overall taste can be described as refreshing with a kick.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Tequila Slammer?
The typical ratio for a Tequila Slammer is equal parts Tequila and carbonated beverage.
How is a Tequila Slammer served?
It's typically served in a shot glass.
Is there a specific time or occasion for drinking a Tequila Slammer?
The shot is often associated with celebrations and parties due to its fun and interactive nature. However, it can be enjoyed at any time.

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