Skip to Content

Best Soda to Mix with Tequila (TOP Flavor Profiles)

Best Soda to Mix with Tequila

It takes a bit of experimentation to find your drink of choice.

There are also many different options for mixers and ingredients.

Today, I will take a deep dive into tequila, let’s start with the best soda to mix with it.

As a general rule, soda water and citrus flavors go best with tequila.

Making it slightly sweet can also work well by adding syrups or using lemonade instead of soda water.

However, the unique flavor of tequila generally tastes best unsweetened.

In this article, I will cover the best flavors to mix with tequila, and how to make some of the best tequila drinks.

As well as, if common sodas like Coke, Sprite, and Dr Pepper go well with tequila.

What Is the Best Thing to Mix with Tequila?

What Is the Best Thing to Mix with Tequila

There are potentially limitless mixers and flavors that you can mix with tequila but some are better than others.

Here’s a summary of the best things to mix with tequila.

Overall, citrus flavors go the best with tequila.

The most popular tequila drinks have citrus flavors such as a margarita, tequila sunrise, and a paloma.

However, cola and ginger ale also taste good with tequila.

But, they are much improved by adding lime or lemon juice or liqueur.

Club soda, soda water, tonic water, mineral water, and sparkling water are all the same things.

They are plain water that has been carbonated.

The carbonation adds a slightly bitter taste, and the texture smooths out the harshness of the alcohol in tequila.

Tequila sunrise is a well-known favorite that is on the sweeter side.

To make this delicious mixed drink mix fresh orange juice, tequila, and grenadine syrup to taste.

The grenadine syrup is a deep red and goes to the bottom of the glass naturally.

This creates a red layer underneath the orange layer of the juice making it look like a sunrise.

Like other fruity drinks, it’s very refreshing.

Easy tequila drinks are tequila soda, but you can also put a twist on a tequila soda by making it with lemonade.

And tequila and fresh pineapple juice is a particularly refreshing cocktail.

The best drink made using tequila I’ve found is a tequila soda.

And it’s one of my favorite drinks.

This is a very simple recipe using fresh lemon or fresh lime juice, soda water, and a shot or two of tequila.

I find sodas sometimes don’t agree with my stomach or leave me feeling a bit sick a few drinks in.

A well-known soda from Mexico is Topo Chico.

So, if you want to make a really authentic tequila soda then use Topo Chico for the soda water.

Whereas, because tequila soda is naturally sugar free you don’t get a sugar high, and a subsequent sugar crashes that you do from tequila drinks with added sugar.

And it’s one of the most simple tequila drinks.

There are also some Mexican sodas that are rare outside Mexico but can still be available internationally.

I covered what some of these are in this article about some popular Mexican sodas.

If you’re putting together an alcohol collection, a bottle of tequila is almost always a fantastic choice.

When you combine tequila with typical sodas such as Dr. Pepper, ginger ale, or coke it can also create a really nice drink.

Weakly flavored soda waters such as La Croix can also make a great choice.

Quality of the tequila and different types of tequila

A high-quality tequila can be better. But, sometimes cheaper tequilas can taste better than good tequilas.

And it very much depends on the brand and your specific taste preferences.

After a bit of experimentation, you’ll be able to find your personal favorite tequila.

There are a few different types of tequila.

Some of the most well-known are gold tequila which is light brown/golden in color and clear tequila also called tequila Blanco, or silver tequila which is clear in color.

The main differences between different types of tequila are that some are made using a mix of agave syrup and other ingredients.

Whereas, tequilas like gold tequila are made from 100% agave syrup.

Also, some types of tequila such as silver tequila aren’t bottled straight away, whereas others are aged in barrels to change the flavor.

Aged tequilas are also called reposado tequila.

Reposado in Spanish means rest, so it means the tequila has been rested, typically a reposado tequila means it has been aged for at least 2 months.

The three most common drinks using tequila that you’ll find at bars are a classic margarita, tequila sunrise, and Paloma.

And are considered some of the best tequila cocktails.

A margarita is made using a cocktail shaker, whereas the others are made in a glass.

A tall glass such as a highball glass is particularly good for a tequila sunrise or a Paloma.

Also, as you may know, a margarita has the classic pinch of salt spread around the edge of the glass.

Salt and citrus are a well-known favorite to serve with tequila.

Here’s a video from a bartender where she shows how to make a all three of these drinks:

Of these, the only one that contains soda is a Paloma, which contains soda water.

The other ingredients it contains are grapefruit juice, and of course fresh ice.

You can also use grapefruit soda instead of soda water and grapefruit juice separately.

A margarita has quite a few ingredients including things you may not have around the home such as Triple Sec – an orange liquor.

Therefore, if you’re after a quick simple tequila drink, have a shot of tequila the old-fashioned way with salt and lemon juice, or make a tequila soda.

A margarita is a bit more involved, but has the same salt theme with a salt rim.

Other lesser-known tequila cocktails and tequila and mixer drinks

A sin Nombre is a unique mixed drink made with aloe vera, Don Julio Blanco tequila, lemon juice, orange bitters, and Peychaud’s bitters.

All of this is placed into a mixing glass, and mixed together to create a next-level tequila drink.

A bloody maria is a simple take on a bloody mary, which is made with vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and sometimes hot sauce.

But, it has the name maria which is a very common name in Spanish.

This reflects the fact that tequila is a Mexican drink. It’s a great drink but sometimes you might not be in the mood for the savory flavor of tomato juice.

In that case, a paloma, which is a sweet cocktail that contains simple syrup, is a better option.

If you want a paloma with fewer calories, a good option is to use a stevia based sweetener.

Stevia is a plant that is incredibly sweet, but naturally has zero calories and zero carbs.

A classic cocktail recipe is a Moscow Mule made with ginger ale and vodka.

It’s an easy cocktail recipe, here’s the ingredients.

  • Vodka
  • Ginger beer
  • Lime juice/lemon juice
  • Lime slices and/or lemon slices
  • Ice cubes

The lime juice really brings out the ginger and gives it a refreshing bite.

It can be garnished with a lime wheel or left as is.

Lime and lemon juice are also high in vitamin C.

Instead of lime juice or lemon juice, you can crush lemon or lime wedges to release the juice and then pour the other ingredients on top.

I explained it in detail in another article about the best sodas to mix with vodka.

Is Tequila and Coke a Good Mix?

Is Tequila and Coke a Good Mix

At the grocery store there are a range of cola options such as Coke, and Pepsi.

Coke is a common mixer to use with various spirits.

So, here’s whether it tastes good to mix a little tequila with coke.

Overall, tequila and Coke is a good mix.

There is a well-known cocktail called a Batanga. It’s made of tequila, coke, and lime juice.

A Batanga is that it needs to be mixed with the knife used to cut the lime.

Generally, adding lime juice greatly improves the flavor of a Coke and Tequila drink.

So the best way to drink tequila and Coke is to add a squeeze of lime or lemon juice.

A Batanga is a very simple but tasty Coke cocktail. Soft drinks can be a bit high in sugar, so it can be a good idea to get the zero/diet versions of coke.

Alternatively, a tequila soda is naturally sugar-free.

Is Sprite a Good Mix with Tequila?

Is Sprite a Good Mix with Tequila

It’s common to shot tequila with lemon, and Sprite has a sweet lemon flavor.

Tequila is most commonly mixed with lemon/lime flavors as well, so here’s whether Sprite is a good mixer to use with tequila.

Overall, Sprite is a good mix with tequila.

Tequila goes particularly well with citrus flavors, and soda water.

Many of the most popular tequila cocktails/mixers such as a tequila soda, and a margarita are made using tequila, soda water, and lemon.

So, Sprite is a great mixer with tequila.

You can even go a step further and add a slice of lime, to make a perfect refreshing drink.

Generally, though soda water is healthier to use than Sprite because it doesn’t contain any sugar.

Sugar in small amounts is OK, but if you’re having a few of these the amount of sugar you get in total can add up.

Therefore, it can be better to make one of the classic drinks – a tequila soda.

Another name for this drink is ranch water, according to Southern Living.

But because Sprite is a lemon-lime soda.

Does Tequila Go with Dr Pepper?

Does Tequila Go with Dr Pepper

Dr Pepper is a very popular soda that is half cola, half cherry and cinnamon.

Some mixers taste better than others. So, here’s the rundown on whether tequila and Dr pepper taste good together.

Tequila does go well with Dr Pepper.

There is a well known tequila drink called a Batanga which is made by mixing cola with tequila, and lime.

Dr Pepper has partly cola which goes well with tequila.

Cherry isn’t a common flavor to mix with tequila but also tastes good with sours or lime/lemon juice.

There is a cocktail called a cherry lime Rickey which is made of gin.

But, this combo also pairs well with tequila.

Most people report that provided you use something sour with tequila it really makes a huge difference.

Therefore lime, lemon, or sours are the best things to add to a tequila and Dr Pepper.

Although this is not a well known mix, it’s an interesting drink idea.

An easy tequila cocktail with Dr Pepper is a tequila shot, a squeezed wedge of lemon and lime, ice, and then pour over Dr Pepper.