How to Take a Tequila Shot

 How to Take a Tequila Shot


1 1/2 ounces tequila
Lemon or lime wedge
1 pinch of salt
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.

Moisten the back of your hand below the index finger (usually by licking) and pour on the salt.

Lick the salt off your hand. The salt lessens the burn of the tequila.

Drink the tequila.

Quickly bite into and ?suck the lemon or lime wedge. The sour fruit balances and enhances the flavor of the tequila.


If you ever forget the order in which you need to take this shot, just remember “lick, sip, suck.”

Whichever tequila you choose, the best advice we can give is to avoid the cheaper brands as they almost certainly bring on hangovers.

That said, no premium tequila will save you from a nasty morning if you have too many shots!

Recipe Variations

The popular tequila of choice has long been gold tequila, though that is quickly changing. We would encourage you to make the switch and pour a good blanco tequila into your shot glass, as they are typically much smoother. If you want to step it up yet another step, go with an aged reposado tequila. You may also opt for a smoky mezcal.

Add more variety to your tequila shots by rimming the shot glass. Plain or colored sugar are fun options, as is a 50-50 mix of cinnamon and sugar. Of course, you can always go with margarita salt.

If you’re bored with the standard straight shot of tequila, try one of these shooters instead. There are some fantastic shot recipes made with tequila that are sure to rock your world:

Apocalypse Now – tequila, dry vermouth, Irish cream liqueur
Black Rose – Blavod Vodka, Tequila Rose
Crouching Tiger – tequila, lychee liqueur
El Vocho – reposado tequila, pineapple juice, cilantro, mint, jalapeno
Firecracker – tequila, Goldschlager, Rumple Minze
Margarita Jelly Shot – white tequila, triple sec, gelatin
Mexican Samurai – tequila, TY KU liqueur
Office Party – reposado tequila, ginger syrup, lime juice, grenadine, red bell pepper juice
Prairie Fire – tequila, Tabasco sauce
Sangrita – tequila, clamato juice, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce
Tequila Slammer – tequila, lemon-lime soda
Three Wise Men Visit Mexico – Johnnie Walker Scotch, Jim Beam Bourbon, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila
Wake the Dead – tequila, coffee liqueur, espresso

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