Ready to drink tequila cocktails have drinkers ditching the shaker

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From a party to convenience to even National Tequila Day, ready to drink tequila cocktails have surged in popularity. While canned cocktails have taken over the shelf, many drinkers appreciate the added variety. Even if the simple pour might not be exactly the same as the expertly prepared drink by a master mixologist, there is value to having these beverage options within reach. Which ready to drink tequila cocktails should top the must sip list?

Tequila Cazadores RTD

With 100 years of tequila making experience, Tequila Cazadores ready to drink cocktails celebrate that tradition. Featuring its100% Agave Tequila Cazadores Blanco, the brand offers margarita, spicy margarita, paloma and a ranch water.

Given that these cocktails have no artificial flavors, the beverages have a fresh taste. They are easy drinking at 5.9% ABV. Availability can be found on the brand’s website.

Dos Equis Margarita Classic Lime

While many people enjoy a Dos Equis beer, the brand has expanded into canned cocktails. The Dos Equis Margarita Classic lime has a little higher ABV than some other brands at 10%. But, the real lime juice and Blanco Tequila bring bright, refreshing flavors the sipping experience.

The Dos Equis Margarita Classic Lime has a limited product launch but will be expanding in the future. It is sold in 4-pack, 12 oz. Cans. Check online for availability.

Crafthouse Cocktails

Founded by world champion, James Beard Award winning bartender Charles Joly, Crafthouse Cocktails brings his expertise to a wide audience. Each tequila offering features real spirits with layers of flavors to create a nuanced beverage. Available in cans, bottles and new larger box varieties, the Spicy Margarita and Smoky Margarita are popular choices. Plus, the boxed margaritas can serve up to 15 people.

The Spicy Margarita features a combination of jalapeno, real lime juice and a touch of chipotle. That smoky element adds depth to the cocktail. With the Smoky Margarita, the mezcal, lime juice and a little sugar has a balance of flavor that brings people back for another sip.


While not quite as a well-known name as other ready to drink tequila cocktails, SouthNorte looks to celebrate authentic Mexican flavors. More specifically, the brand wants to make drinking its cocktail an experience where people discover not just something new but a little bit of themselves.

SouthNorte offers three different beverages, Mexican Mule, Paloma and Matador. While the first two cocktails are self-explanatory, the Matador brings pineapple flavors to the can. That tropical vibe might make drinkers feel that warm beach breeze.

Flying Embers

Sometimes a little effervescence can make a cocktail more enjoyable. Flying Embers just launched a Sparkling Margarita Variety Pack. In addition to the Classic Lime, the other flavors are Blood Orange Pomegranate and Strawberry Guava.

The cocktails are made with real lime juice and agave nectar. In addition, they are aged in tequila barrels. The resulting beverage hits all the flavor profiles. A little sour, a touch salty and a hint of sweet makes these Flying Embers cocktails quite refreshing.


While many people love the brand’s classic margarita flavor, the Mango and Coconut MARGS ready to drink tequila cocktails have people excited to pop open another beverage.

The Mango offering has a bold fruit flavor. A touch sweet, it brings a carefree vibe to the can. With the Coconut flavors, it has a freshness that feels almost as if the beverage is being sipped directly from that tropical fruit.

MARGS ready to drink tequila cocktails come in flavors of Classic, Mango, Coconut, and Spicy. For a local retailer, check with the brand’s website.


Sometimes consumers pick a cocktail based on its commitment to a better planet. With buzzbox, the premium craft cocktails recently redesigned its packaging to focus on the “increasing the renewability of the package.” Given that the brand focuses on quality and sustainability, buzzbox looks to these characteristics to set itself apart on the shelf.

Recently, it launched a new flavor, Tequila Paloma. The flavor is bright and refreshing. Plus, with a resealable cap, it can be sipped slowly without fear of spilling.

The buzzbox cocktails are available in select states. Additional locations could be added in the future. An 8-pack has a suggested retail price of $25.99.

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What are you favorite ready to drink tequila cocktails? Have these convenient and tasty beverages replaced beer in the cooler?