How to Infuse Tequila for Customized Flavor

Published April 28, 2022
infused tequila cocktail

Tequila doesn't get much love by way of flavor infusions. But just because a company doesn't value the flavor doesn't mean you can't do it. So bring home your favorite bottle of silver tequila and make your own infused tequila that'll bring the party.

Hibiscus-infused Tequila

Explore floral notes in your tequila with a colorful and delicious hibiscus flavor.

hibiscus infused tequila cocktail

Ingredients

  • 4½ tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers
  • 750mL tequila
  • Two large, clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean bottle or jar, add the dried hibiscus and tequila.
  2. Seal tightly, then firmly shake to mix the infusion.
  3. Store in a cool, dark place for approximately three to four days, firmly shaking the infusion each day.
  4. As the time ends, sample the flavors by pouring the infusion into a glass. If you want more flavor, allow the hibiscus to steep longer.
  5. Carefully remove hibiscus by hand and discard.
  6. Funnel the infused tequila into the second clean bottle, filtering with the cheesecloth.
  7. Carefully seal and store in a cool, dry place.

You can use the infused tequila right away. You can store any unused tequila in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark place for approximately one to two years before the flavor dwindles. Discard when the flavor starts to fade or tastes "off."

Coffee-infused Tequila

Give your margaritas and other tequila drinks a little extra buzz by infusing the tequila with coffee.

coffee beans for infused tequila

Ingredients

  • ½ cup whole coffee beans, coarsely chopped
  • 750mL tequila
  • Two large, clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add chopped coffee beans and tequila and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately three to four days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Cucumber-infused Tequila

Make your tequila a little crisper with a cucumber infusion. Can't you just taste how refreshing those margaritas will be?

cucumber infused tequila

Ingredients

  • One and a half whole cucumbers, sliced
  • 750mL tequila
  • Two large, clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add sliced cucumbers and tequila and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately three to four days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Avocado-infused Tequila

If you're an avocado fan, then avocado tequila opens the doors to many possibilities.

avocado infused tequila

Ingredients

  • One avocado, pitted and lightly mashed
  • 750mL tequila
  • Two large, clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add prepared avocado and tequila and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately three to four days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Sage-infused Tequila

No herb flies under the radar quite like sage. Its peppery yet earthy notes take center stage with a smooth tequila.

sage infused tequila

Ingredients

  • Four to six fresh sage sprigs
  • 750mL tequila
  • Two large, clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add sage sprigs and tequila and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately three to four days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Ginger-infused Tequila

If you subscribe to the hair of a dog theory when it comes to a hangover, what's better for an upset stomach than ginger tequila? And if you don't, then enjoy this zippy infusion that'll cleanse any palette.

ginger infused tequila

Ingredients

  • ¼ to ½ cup peeled and sliced fresh ginger
  • 750mL tequila
  • Two large, clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add prepared ginger and tequila and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately three to four days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Black Pepper-infused Tequila

There's more to spicy tequila than a jalapeño infusion. Give yours that subtle, special heat with black pepper.

pepper infused tequila

Ingredients

  • 1½ to 2 tablespoons slightly cracked black peppercorns
  • 750mL tequila
  • Two large, clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add prepared black peppercorns and tequila and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately three to four days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Agave-infused Tequila

Punch up that sweet agave flavor already in your tequila by infusing it with a little bit more. This infusion will be so smooth that you may skip that margarita mix entirely. Add an extra quarter cup or so to taste for a bolder agave flavor.

agave syrup infused tequila

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup agave
  • 750mL tequila
  • Two large, clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add agave and tequila and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately three to four days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Coconut-infused Tequila

Tequila already pairs well with light, summery flavors. It makes sense that a coconut infusion would be a beautiful thing.

coconut infused tequila

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 cups fresh coconut or grated coconut flakes
  • 750mL tequila
  • Two large, clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add coconut and tequila and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately three to four days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Butterfly Pea Flower-infused Tequila

Butterfly pea flower has a singular blue hue not found in many other natural ingredients. Its beautiful color aside, it has soft notes of chamomile and green tea that won't overwhelm other flavors, meaning it can transform any cocktail seamlessly.

butterfly pea flower infused tequila

Ingredients

  • Eight to 12 dried butterfly pea flowers
  • 750mL tequila
  • Two large, clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add dried butterfly pea flowers and tequila and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately three to four days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Rosemary-infused Tequila

Rosemary will give your tequila a crisp and herb-forward flavor, and its distinctive almost-pine notes add a new level to any margarita or tequila cocktail as simple as a tequila and tonic. You may even convert your gin-drinking friends.

rosemary infused tequila

Ingredients

  • Three to five sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 750mL tequila
  • Two large, clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add rosemary and tequila and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately three to four days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Mint-infused Tequila

Tequila can stand up to a tasty mint flavor easily, and while you may not want to use this in all tequila cocktails, it does open the door to use this infused tequila in places you'd typically use rum or vodka.

Ingredients

  • Three to five sprigs fresh mint
  • 750mL tequila
  • Two large, clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add mint and tequila and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately three to four days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Variations of Infused Tequila Flavors

You can take your infused tequila from average but still tasty to extraordinary and singular with just a little extra effort.

  • Add two to three whole, sliced limes or lemons, or a whole, sliced orange for a bright citrus touch.
  • Add a little heat by including one whole, sliced jalapeño, taking care to remove all seeds.
  • Make things a little more spiced by adding two to three whole cinnamon sticks, or a tablespoon of cloves or star anise.
  • Kick things into a fruity gear and add two sliced apples or pears, or a cup of pitted and sliced peaches, apricots, or plums, or even a cup of pomegranate seeds.
  • Make your infused tequila a little sweeter with a half cup of honey or maple syrup.

Infused Tequila Flavor Pairings

Combine a few classic flavors to start your journey of tequila infusion. These absolutely aren't the only options, but they are great ideas as you get going on your journey.

  • Hibiscus + cranberry
  • Cucumber + basil
  • Agave + sage
  • Ginger + cranberries
  • Rosemary + apple
  • Black pepper + strawberry
  • Hibiscus + thyme
  • Coffee + vanilla
  • Cucumber + lemon
  • Agave + jalapeño
  • Butterfly pea flower + lemongrass
  • Avocado + black peppercorns
  • Mint + coconut
  • Coconut + lime
  • Sage + rosemary
  • Rosemary + honey
  • Black pepper + pineapple
  • Ginger + lemon
  • Cucumber + watermelon
  • Avocado + lime
  • Sage + lemon
  • Rosemary + orange
  • Mint + raspberries
  • Agave + orange
  • Hibiscus + orange
  • Ginger + yuzu
  • Butterfly pea flower + honey
  • Coconut + agave

Infused Tequila Cocktails

Nothing makes a better cocktail than a flavor you rarely find in the wild at the liquor store. Or, at the very minimum, nothing will beat all the comments on your social media pictures showing off your creations.

Blooming Hibiscus

Consider this a floral almost-margarita worthy of sharing time after time.

hibiscus tequila cocktail

Ingredients

  • Lime wedge and salt for rim
  • 2 ounces hibiscus-infused tequila
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • ¾ ounce pomegranate juice
  • ¾ ounce orange liqueur
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce agave
  • Ice
  • Pineapple leaf, mint sprig, and dehydrated lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. To prepare the rim, rub the rim of the glass with the lime wedge.
  2. With the salt on a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in the salt to coat.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, add hibiscus tequila, pineapple juice, pomegranate juice, orange liqueur, lime juice, and agave.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into prepared glass.
  6. Garnish with pineapple leaf, mint sprig, and dehydrated lime wheel.

Coconut Highball

What happens when you make coconut tequila? The world's easiest tropical highball without a long list of rums and other expensive ingredients.

coconut infused tequila cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces coconut-infused tequila
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce cream of coconut
  • ¾ ounce vanilla liqueur
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Vanilla club soda to top off
  • Lime wheel and coconut for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, coconut tequila, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, vanilla liqueur, and lime juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with vanilla club soda.
  5. Garnish with lime wheel and coconut.

Tequila Mojito

Mojitos thrive with any number of flavors and spirits, so let your rum take the afternoon off in favor of refreshing mint tequila.

mint infused tequila mojito cocktail

Ingredients

  • Two to three fresh mint leaves
  • 2 ounces mint-infused tequila
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Club soda to top off
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves with simple syrup.
  2. Add ice, mint tequila, and lime juice.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Pour -- do not strain -- into rocks glass.
  5. Top off with club soda.
  6. Garnish with mint sprig.

Butterfly Pea Flower Margarita

Nothing makes your infused tequila take flight off the shelf and into a glass faster than a butterfly pea flower infusion, especially in a margarita.

butterfly pea flower infused tequila margarita

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces butterfly pea flower-infused tequila
  • ¾ ounce orange liqueur
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce agave
  • Ice
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, butterfly pea flower tequila, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and agave.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with mint sprig.

Mixers for Infused Tequila Drinks

No one will blame you if you don't want to mix up a whole margarita or follow a long list of instructions. Thankfully, these mixers will get you to a tequila drink in no time.

  • Margarita mix
  • Lime juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Tonic water
  • Plain club soda
  • Flavored club soda, such as lemon, lime, vanilla, coconut, berry, or orange
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Cola
  • Limeade
  • Lemonade
  • Orange juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Cherry juice
  • Apple cider
  • Orange liqueur
  • Almond liqueur
  • Rum
  • Vermouth
  • Bitters

Infused Tequila Flavors for Any Cocktail

Sprucing up your cocktail with an infusion flavor easily transforms any margarita or simple tequila highball. Whether you keep it simple or make yours a unique flavor, be prepared to guard your secret recipe or let it leak on social media while you sip your newest concoction.

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