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5 Surprising Holiday Cocktails — You’ll Never Believe the Secret Ingredient!

How about a Gingerbread Margarita? A Tequila Spritzer? By now you should have guessed all of these are all surprising holiday cocktails with tequila

Surprising holiday cocktails tequila based

Looking for some twists on your traditional holiday libations this year? Why not try something a bit more spirited? These surprising holiday cocktails with tequila with an unexpected ingredient are sure to take your holiday parties to the next level.

The secret ingredients is…are you ready for it? Tequila! It isn’t the typical holiday go-to, but it can be used to create a host of delicious and unexpected cocktails that can absolutely spread holiday cheer.

CEO and co-founder of ELEVEN20 tequila Alec Tesa has done tequila tastings all over the world, has hosted hospitality events for his own brand, and has offered to share some lively, lovely holiday cocktails with tequila that will spice up the holidays in ways you’d never expect.

Take a look:

Surprising Holiday Cocktails with Tequila


Be Merry Shots

Surprising holiday cocktails tequila based

These festive tequila based shots decked with raspberry and basil are sure to be a holiday hit.

  • 1/3 oz of Eleven20 Blanco Tequila
  • 2 Raspberries
  • 1-2 Basil Leaves
  • Splash of Club Soda (if desired)

Pour Eleven20 Tequila into shot glass (add club soda if desired). Gently drop raspberries into shot and garnish with basil leaves. Drink all at once with Raspberries (be careful not to choke) and consume basil leaves afterwards if you see fit.


Christmas Pomegranate Paloma

Surprising holiday cocktails tequila based

This bright, cheerful, sweet, tart, bubbly, refreshing organic vegetarian drink with ruby red pomegranate, is what’s needed for the holiday.

  • 2 cups grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup ginger syrup
  • 1/2 cups Eleven20 Tequila or to your liking
  • 4 cup pomegranate juice
  • Ginger beer for topping (or sparkling water)

Combine main ingredients in a large festive pitcher. Chill cocktail until ready to pour over ice and top off with ginger beer.


Santa Clausarita

Surprising holiday cocktails tequila based

This white margarita is ideal for Christmas or New Year’s, featuring rum, coconut and Irish cream in addition to tequila.

  • 1 1/2 ounces Eleven20 tequila
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce coconut cream
  • 1 ounce club soda
  • Red salt

Combine all liquids and ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into desired glassware. Top with club soda. Rim margarita glasses with red salt, if desired.


Holiday Tequila Spritzer

Surprising holiday cocktails tequila based

Use cranberry juice rather than liquor and leave out the tequila, and you’ve got an excellent holiday cocktail.

  • 1 cup Eleven20 Blanco Tequila
  • ½ cup Cranberry Liquor
  • 2 cup Cranberry Juice
  • 3 cups Cranberry Seltzer water
  • Mint sprigs for garnish
  • Fresh cranberries for garnish

Combine all the ingredients in a safe, yet decorative pitcher. Please stir the liquids to your liking and then pour into appropriate glasses for the holiday season. Garnish with mint sprigs and/or fresh cranberries. WALA!


Gingerbread Margarita

Surprising holiday cocktails tequila based

Smoky apple cider with cinnamon, rosemary, star anise, and tequila make this an unusual but intriguing gingerbread cocktail.

  • 1 oz Eleven20 Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Triple sec
  • 1/4 oz Gingerbread syrup
  • 1/4 oz Lime juice
  • Apple Slices
  • Cinnamon Stick
  • Rosemary

Fill a mixing glass halfway with ice. Add Eleven20 tequila, lime juice, Gingerbread syrup, Triple sec; stir until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with rosemary (if desired), apple slices, and cinnamon stick.