NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Originating from the city of Tequila, Mexico and derived from the blue agave plant, Tequila is one of the most celebrated spirits in the world. 

The Aztec's originally named a drink derived from fermented agave plants octli, or pulque, prior to the arrival of Spanish conquistadors in 1521 who began brewing a similar drink after they ran out of their own brandy.

Mexican law to this day states that the drink can only be made in a handful of southwestern Mexican states. The U.S. officially recognizes spirits labeled 'tequila' if they have been produced in Mexico, but do allow bulk shipments to be bottled in the U.S.

There are two types of Tequilas, mixtos and 100% agave. Mixtos mix glucose and fructose sugars with no less than 51% agave to make the spirit.

The liquor is split into five different categories

  • Blanco (white): white spirit, unaged
  • Joven (gold): unaged silver tequila that may be flavored with caramel coloring
  • Reposado (rested): aged a minimum of two months
  • Anejo (aged or vintage): aged a minimum of one year
  • Extra Anejo (extra aged): aged a minimum of three years in oak barrels
Tequila is extremely versatile and goes well with plenty of mixers. As time has passed there have been a number of exotic variations to the drink.

Here are the 10 best tequila cocktails found anywhere:

Tequila Drink #10:  Mayan Mule

Tequila Drink #10:  Mayan Mule


  • 2 parts Milagro Reposado Tequila 
  • 0.5 parts Lime Juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters 
  • 3 parts Ginger Beer
  • Mint Sprigs and Lime Wheel, for garnish
Preparation: Place two to three ice cubes in a Collins glass. Add fresh squeezed lime juice, Milagro, ginger beer and bitters. Garnish with mint sprigs and a lime wheel.

Tequila Drink #9:  Texas Two-Step

Tequila Drink #9:  Texas Two-Step 


1 oz Tequila
2 oz Orange Juice
1 oz Triple Sec

Preparation: Shake well, served chilled or with ice

Tequila Drink #8:  The Pepino

Tequila Drink #8:  The Pepino


1.5 oz Tequila
1/4 sliced cucumber
3/4 oz lime juice
1/2 oz pineapple juice
3 basil leaves
1/2 oz Triple Sec

Preparation: Muddle the cucumber then add the rest of the ingredients, ice, shake and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with a slice of cucumber and a sprig of basil

Tequila Drink #7:  Gypsy Girl

Tequila Drink #7:  Gypsy Girl


1 oz Tequila
1 oz Gin
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Tamarind Juice

Perparation: Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Tequila Drink #6:  AMF (Adios Mother...)

Tequila Drink #6:  AMF (Adios Mother...)


1/2 oz Tequila
1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Rum
1/2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Blue Liqueur 
2 oz Sweet and Sour Mix
2 oz Lemon Lime Soda

Perparation: Fill glass halfway with ice cubes. Measure alcohol, liqueur, sweet and sour mix, and pour. Mix ingredients and top with soda to finish.

Tequila Drink #5:  Tegroni

Tequila Drink #5:  Tegroni


1 oz Tequila
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Campari

Preparation: Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice or a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Tequila Drink #4:  Spice Chocolate

Tequila Drink #4:  Spice Chocolate


1.5 oz Cafe Liqueur
1.5 oz Tequila
3/4 oz Dark Chocolate Liqueur
Fresh Whipped Cream

Preparation: Add ingredients, minus the whipped cream, into a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled glass. Layer the top of the cocktail with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with a large pinch of crushed red pepper.

Tequila Drink #3:  Bloody Maria

Tequila Drink #3:  Bloody Maria


2 ounces tequila
1 teaspoon horseradish
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
A dash of lime juice
3 dashes celery salt
3 dashes pepperTomato juice
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
Celery stalk for garnish

Preparation: Pour liquids into class half full with ice. Top with tomato juice. Stir and garnish.

Tequila Drink #2:  El Diablo

Tequila Drink #2:  El Diablo


1.5 oz Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz Creme de Cassis
1/2 oz Lime Juice
Ginger Beer

Preparation: Pour the tequila, cassis, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top with ginger beer.

Tequila Drink #1:  Tequila Sunrise


1.5 oz Tequila
3/4 cup freshly squeezed Orange Juice
1.5 fluid oz grenadine syrup
1 slice of Orange

Preparation: Stir or shake together tequila and orange juice. Fill a chilled 12 ounce glass with ice cubes; pour in orange juice mixture. Slowly pour in the grenadine, and allow it to settle to the bottom of the glass. Garnish with a slice of orange, and a maraschino cherry.