Tequila Soda Cocktail Drink

Tequila Soda

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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In the mood for a refreshing cocktail? Try this Tequila Soda recipe! It’s flavorful, uncomplicated, and the ultimate drink to enjoy.

Tequila Soda Recipe

This simple tequila soda recipe lets you relax! It's the perfect spring cocktail with Tequila, soda water, and a hint of lime.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

131 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 4 oz club soda
  • Lime wedge, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or Stirrer

Instructions

  • Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour 2 oz Tequila over the ice.
  • Top up the glass with 4 oz club soda.
  • Stir gently using a bar spoon.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: You can use vodka or white rum if you don't have Tequila. Both will give you a different flavor profile but make for a refreshing drink. I've also used mezcal for a smoky twist.
  • Club Soda: You can substitute club soda with tonic or lime/lemon soda. Tonic water adds bitterness, while lime/lemon soda delivers a citrus note.

Making a Pitcher of Tequila Soda:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Tequila and 32 oz (approximately) of club soda.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the tequila and club soda. 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 The Spirit of Tequila by Free Spirit. It has complex flavors that mimic the depth of Tequila without the alcohol.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of regular Tequila, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Tequila: Most tequilas are vegan, but some brands use animal products in the refining process. Check the brand's website or contact them to make sure.
  • Proceed As Usual: After confirming your Tequila is vegan-friendly, follow the original steps and enjoy your vegan cocktail.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
131
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
24
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
3
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
6
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.03
mg
0
%

 

Tequila Soda Cocktail Drink

Tequila Soda Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This simple tequila soda recipe lets you relax! It's the perfect spring cocktail with Tequila, soda water, and a hint of lime.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 131

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 4 oz club soda
  • Lime wedge - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or Stirrer

Instructions

  • Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour 2 oz Tequila over the ice.
  • Top up the glass with 4 oz club soda.
  • Stir gently using a bar spoon.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: You can use vodka or white rum if you don't have Tequila. Both will give you a different flavor profile but make for a refreshing drink. I've also used mezcal for a smoky twist.
  • Club Soda: You can substitute club soda with tonic or lime/lemon soda. Tonic water adds bitterness, while lime/lemon soda delivers a citrus note.

Making a Pitcher of Tequila Soda:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Tequila and 32 oz (approximately) of club soda.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the tequila and club soda. 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 The Spirit of Tequila by Free Spirit. It has complex flavors that mimic the depth of Tequila without the alcohol.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of regular Tequila, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Tequila: Most tequilas are vegan, but some brands use animal products in the refining process. Check the brand's website or contact them to make sure.
  • Proceed As Usual: After confirming your Tequila is vegan-friendly, follow the original steps and enjoy your vegan cocktail.

What is a Tequila Soda?

A Tequila Soda is a spirit highball cocktail made of Tequila and soda water. This drink is relatively easy to make, requiring only two main ingredients: Tequila and soda water. The simplicity of its composition allows the flavors of the chosen Tequila to shine through, making it a popular choice for those who appreciate the distinct taste of this Mexican spirit.

A side shot of a Tequila Soda cocktail in a highball glass on a black stone coaster placed on a white table surrounded by a jigger, green cloth and a bar spoon.

What is a Tequila Soda made of – The ingredients

A Tequila Soda requires these specific ingredients:

  • Tequila: The primary spirit in the cocktail, Tequila provides the distinctive flavor that sets this drink apart. It’s a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, Mexico.
  • Club Soda: This carbonated water adds effervescence to the cocktail, making it light and refreshing. It also helps to dilute the Tequila, balancing out its intense flavor.
  • Ice Cubes: Ice is essential in this cocktail to chill and slightly dilute the intense flavors as it melts, making the drink more palatable.
  • Lime Wedge (for garnish): A slice of lime often serves as a garnish, adding a pop of color and hinting at the citrus flavor within the drink.

Tequila and soda laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Tequila Soda?

Follow along with our guide to easily make your own Tequila Soda:

1
<p>Start by filling a highball glass with ice to chill it. This ensures that your drink stays cold for a more extended period.</p>

Start by filling a highball glass with ice to chill it. This ensures that your drink stays cold for a more extended period.

2
<p>Take a jigger and pour 2 ounces of Tequila into the glass. The type of Tequila you use can significantly influence the taste of your drink, so choose one you enjoy.</p>

Take a jigger and pour 2 ounces of Tequila into the glass. The type of Tequila you use can significantly influence the taste of your drink, so choose one you enjoy.

3
<p>After adding the Tequila, fill the rest of the glass with soda water.</p>

After adding the Tequila, fill the rest of the glass with soda water.

4
<p>Stir the drink gently with a bar spoon to mix the Tequila and soda water. Be careful not to stir too vigorously, as you don't want to lose the carbonation from the soda water.</p>

Stir the drink gently with a bar spoon to mix the Tequila and soda water. Be careful not to stir too vigorously, as you don't want to lose the carbonation from the soda water.

5
<p>Finally, garnish your drink with a lime wedge. If preferred, squeeze the lime into the drink before dropping it in, this adds a touch of acidity and freshness that perfectly complements the Tequila and soda water.</p>

Finally, garnish your drink with a lime wedge. If preferred, squeeze the lime into the drink before dropping it in, this adds a touch of acidity and freshness that perfectly complements the Tequila and soda water.

Variations

Want to uncover more styles? We’ve highlighted our preferred selections:

  • Paloma: This features tequila mixed with grapefruit soda and a splash of lime juice, topped with a pinch of salt. The combination of grapefruit and lime offers a refreshing, citrusy burst that enhances the smooth flavor of the tequila. I enjoy the vibrant, zesty taste of this; it’s especially refreshing on a hot day.
  • Tequila and Ginger Ale: Here, ginger ale adds a sweet and slightly spicy effervescence to the tequila. The ginger’s warmth pairs well with the tequila’s earthy notes, creating a smooth yet vibrant experience. I’m particularly fond of the subtle spice it introduces; it makes each sip intriguing and lively.
  • Tequila and Sprite: This pairs tequila with Sprite, bringing a lemon-lime sweetness that lightens the tequila’s robust flavor. The result is a bubbly, light, and invigorating blend that’s perfect for sipping during casual gatherings. The lemon-lime flavor of Sprite makes this very easy to drink; I appreciate its simplicity and the way it complements the tequila without overpowering it.

A Tequila Soda cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Tequila and soda.

History and Origin of the Tequila Soda

The Tequila and Soda cocktail is a member of the Highball cocktail family, known for its simple and refreshing blend of tequila and soda water. This classic drink combines the vibrant flavors of tequila with the effervescence of soda water, resulting in a light and crisp beverage that’s perfect for casual enjoyment or as a cooling option on warm days.

The highball cocktail family includes drinks that combine a base spirit with a larger portion of non-alcoholic mixer, usually served over ice in a tall glass. 

Highball cocktails started to become popular in the late 19th century, gaining significant traction in the early 20th century. They are known for their simplicity and refreshing qualities, making them a popular choice for casual and social drinking occasions.

 

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FAQ

How many calories does a Tequila Soda contain?
A standard version typically contains around 96-150 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific brands of Tequila and soda used, as well as the size of the serving.
What is the alcohol content of a Tequila Soda?
The alcohol content can vary based on the ratio of Tequila to soda. Generally, it's around 10% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), translating to 20 proof. This makes it a relatively light cocktail compared to others.
What type of alcohol is used in a Tequila Soda?
As the name suggests, a Tequila Soda uses Tequila as its primary alcoholic ingredient. The quality and flavor profile of the drink can change significantly depending on the type and brand of Tequila used.
In what kind of glass is a Tequila Soda served?
Traditionally, a Tequila Soda is served in a highball glass. This tall, straight-sided glass allows plenty of ice and soda while leaving room for the Tequila.
What does a Tequila Soda taste like?
A Tequila Soda has a clean, crisp taste with subtle hints of agave from the Tequila. The soda water adds effervescence and lightness, making it an incredibly refreshing drink.
What is the ratio of Tequila to soda in a Tequila Soda?
The typical ratio is one part tequila to two parts soda water. However, this can be adjusted according to personal preference.
How is a Tequila Soda served with ice?
A Tequila Soda is usually served over ice - often called "on the rocks." This helps to keep the drink cool and dilutes the Tequila slightly, making it more palatable.
Can I make a Tequila Soda at home?
Absolutely! Making a Tequila Soda at home is simple and requires minimal ingredients. All you need is your favorite Tequila, soda water, and a slice of lime for garnish if desired.
Is Tequila Soda a good drink for those watching their sugar intake?
Yes, Tequila Soda is an excellent choice for those monitoring their sugar intake. The drink contains no added sugars, and the soda water used is also typically sugar-free.
What are some popular brands of Tequila to use in a Tequila Soda?
Many great brands of Tequila work well in a Tequila Soda. Some favorites include Patron, Don Julio, and Jose Cuervo. However, the best brand to use ultimately depends on personal preference.

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