Go Beyond the Margarita with These Cold Weather Tequila-Based Cocktails

1800 Tequila × Sharp

Some things are best enjoyed seasonally. Tequila, however, is not one of those things. Unlike, say, eggnog, which is only available one month out of the year for good reason, Mexico’s signature spirit is good for far more than poolside margaritas and palomas (as tasty as they are). No one makes a better case for this than the makers of 1800, whose range of tequilas lends itself just as well to cool-weather drinks like the Old Fashioned as it does to iconic summer ones. 1800 has been making tequila using the same time-honoured recipe — including using 100 per cent blue Weber agave — for over 200 years. Its complex flavours are complemented by a characteristic smoothness. That means it lends itself to a surprisingly wide range of cocktails and occasions, from the dog days of summer through the depths of winter.

Here are three to add to this season’s cocktail repertoire.

1800 Pick Me Up

Glassware: Coffee Glass

Tequila: 1800 Reposado. A six-month slumber in American and French oak casks gives this top-shelf tequila its bright honey colour and notes of caramel and spice — the perfect companion to coffee and cream.


  • 2 oz 1800 Reposado
  • 6 oz Hot Coffee
  • ½ oz Café de Olla Syrup
  • Lightly whipped cream

Method: Build all ingredients into a coffee glass and layer with cream. Garnish with dehydrated orange.

1800 Tequila Pick Me Up

1800 Autumn Colada

Glassware: Collins

Tequila: 1800 Coconut. The world’s first flavour-infused tequila offers natural coconut flavour with all the smoothness of 1800 and no cloying sweetness. Who says piña coladas are only good on vacation?


  • 2 oz 1800 Coconut
  • 1 ½ oz Coconut Milk
  • 2 ½ oz Pineapple Juice
  • ¾ oz Lime Juice
  • ¾ oz Fall Spice Syrup
  • Pinch Grated Nutmeg

Method: Build all ingredients into a Collins glass and top with ice. Stir and garnish with grated nutmeg, dehydrated pineapple, and a pineapple spear.

1800 Tequila Autumn Colada

1800 Jalisco Old Fashioned

Glassware: Old Fashioned

Tequila: 1800 Añejo. Its dark amber colour, oaky vanilla aroma, and nutty toffee notes have helped make this the most awarded añejo tequila in Mexico. That means it’s good on its own and great in this twist on the classic Old Fashioned.


  • 2 oz 1800 Anejo
  • ¼ oz Orange-Agave Syrup
  • 2 Dash Orange Bitters
  • 2 Dash Aromatic Bitters

Method: Build all ingredients into an Old Fashioned glass with ice. Stir to chill and dilute, and garnish with a burnt cinnamon stick.

1800 Tequila Jalisco Old Fashioned

All images courtesy of 1800.