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10 Best Tequila and Aperol Cocktails to Sip at Sunset

March 13, 2024 by

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We all know and love the Aperol Spritz as the queen bee of Aperol cocktails, but even the mightiest queen has a few lovely ladies-in-waiting— case in point, these delicious tequila Aperol cocktails. This delightful combo is totally a thing, and we’re very excited to introduce you to a few Mexican-inspired clinkers that come to the party with plenty of Italian pizzazz.  

1. Naked & Famous 

Naked and Famous Paper Plane cocktail variation

Now and then, a modern cocktail comes along that’s an instant classic. Maybe it’s fate or maybe just good luck, but the aptly named Naked and Famous is one such cocktail. It’s intensely flavored yet wonderfully balanced and the perfect drink for your next dinner party. The standard recipe for this tequila Aperol cocktail calls for mezcal, but we also like making it with Espolòn Tequila Reposado, which has a rich, golden tone, and a smooth, spicy finish.  

Learn more: What’s the Difference Between Mezcal and Tequila? 

2. El Chipilo

A vibrant orange El Chipilo Tequila Aperol cocktail with orange garnish in a modern kitchen setting

A spicy Aperol tequila cocktail may seem like a rather niche choice, but we promise you that this combo is epic. The addition of lime and Angostura bitters helps balance out the intensity, setting the scene for a full-bodied sip with a kiss of heat. To make an El Chipilo, combine 1.5 oz reposado tequila, 0.5 oz Aperol, 0.75 oz lime juice, three dashes of bitters, and two dashes of your favorite hot sauce in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frosty, strain into a prepared serving glass, and serve. Add a garnish of your choice – a slice of lime or sprig of basil works well.  

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3. Autumn Sun

Two Autumn Sun Tequila Aperol cocktails in a bright kitchen setting

This simple yet satisfying tequila and Aperol cocktail is all about balance. By combining the warming flavors of Espolòn Tequila Añejo with the bittersweet punch of Aperol and Grand Marnier, we pave the way for one seriously layered sipper. To make an Autumn Sun, combine 2 oz tequila, 1 oz Aperol, 2 oz Grand Marnier, and 1 oz fresh orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve. 

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4. The 212

Two 212 Aperol Tequila cocktails with grapefruit garnish

This Aperol and tequila cocktail is a fun twist on the Paloma named after its easy 2-1-2-part recipe. To make one, combine 2 oz grapefruit juice, 1 oz Aperol, and 2 oz reposado tequila in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frosty, and fine strain into a serving glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist and serve.  

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5. A Different Plane

Two A Different Plane cocktails on a table outside overlooking the Italian Alps with flowers around

Based on the classic Paper Plane cocktail, this Aperol tequila cocktail forgoes bourbon in favor of a Mexican-inspired twist, and some intriguing amaro notes. To make A Different Plane cocktail, combine 2 oz blanco tequila, 1 oz Aperol, 1 oz Amaro Averna, 1 oz lemon juice, and 0.5 oz simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well combined, strain into a serving glass, and top with a few dashes of bitters.  

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6. Aperol Margarita

Three Aperol Margarita Cocktails with lime wheel garnish and salted rims

If the classic flavor notes of a well-made Margarita tickle your fancy, you’re going to love this tequila Aperol lime cocktail. To make one, combine 2 oz Aperol, 1.5 oz Grand Marnier, 1 oz tequila, 1.5 oz lime juice, and 0.5 oz simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frosty, strain into a frosted Margarita glass, garnish with a lime wedge, and enjoy. Feeling fancy? Rim the glass with salt and lime zest before serving  

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7. Mexican Spritz

Two Mexican Spritz cocktails on a table with a beach view, daytime, sunny

This easy cocktail with tequila and Aperol yields a delightfully contemporary drink. To make one Mexican Spritz, add 1.5 oz Blanco tequila, 2 oz Aperol, and 0.5 oz grapefruit juice to a tall glass filled with ice. Top it off with 3 oz Prosecco, garnish with a grapefruit slice, and you’re all set.   

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8. Part Time Lover

Two Part Time Lover cocktails on a table inside a modern Italian home

This sweet, tart, and juicy sipper wanders down a more floral path, and we dig it. To make a Part Time Lover cocktail, combine 1.5 oz Blanco tequila, 0.5 oz Aperol, 0.5 oz elderflower liqueur, 0.75 oz lemon juice, and 2 dashes of bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well combined, strain into a serving glass over fresh ice, and garnish with an orange twist.  

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9. Dead Man’s Handle

Two Dead Man’s Handle cocktails on a table outside at a small restaurant on an Italian town square

It’s not every day that a drink combines the singular aspects of both orgeat and Aperol, and we are here for this dapper combo. To make a Dead Man’s Handle cocktail, combine 3 oz Blanco tequila, 1 oz Aperol, 1 oz orgeat, and 1 oz lime juice in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain into a serving glass over fresh ice.  

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10. Pineapple Princess

Pineapple Princess cocktail on a table in a modern home kitchen decorated in shades of white and yellow

Tequila and pineapple juice are a match made in heaven, but you can take things to a whole new level with the addition of a bitter apéritif to strike a captivating balance. To make a Pineapple Princess cocktail, combine 0.75 oz Aperol, 1 oz tequila, 0.75 oz Grand Marnier, 2 oz fresh pineapple juice, and 0.5 oz lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frosty, strain into a serving glass over fresh ice, garnish with a lime wheel, and serve.   

¡Salud! Or, should we say cin cin? Or a bit of both?! Whichever way you choose to say cheers, we hope you enjoy your tequila Aperol cocktail. Tag us in your Insta pics, and remember to sign up for our newsletter for more interesting cocktail recommendations from The Mixer crew. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Aperol pairs effortlessly with countless ingredients. The Aperol Spritz, a quintessential Italian cocktail, combines Aperol with sparkling wine, typically Prosecco, and a splash of club soda, resulting in a light, and bittersweet clinker that's perfect for enjoying on warm days or as an aperitif. Another notable blend is the Naked and Famous cocktail, which combines Aperol with mezcal, Chartreuse, and fresh lime juice for a smoky, herbaceous, and citrusy profile. Additionally, Aperol goes well with gin or vodka, offering a nuanced twist to classic cocktails like the Negroni or Gin Sour.

A classic Aperol Spritz combines Aperol, Prosecco and club soda. However, there are a variety of cocktails that combine Aperol and tequila, such as the Naked and Famous, Pineapple Princess and Mexican Spritz.

Tequila is a very versatile spirit that holds its own as the base of countless popular cocktails. This includes everything from the time-honored Margarita and Paloma, to low-calorie options like Ranch Water, and even tequila and Aperol drinks like the 212 and A Different Plane.

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