How to Take a Tequila Shot

High Angle View Of Tequila Shots By Lime And Salt On Table


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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
84 Calories
0g Fat
7g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 84
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 281mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 19mg 97%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 69mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

To properly take a shot of tequila (or tequila cruda), you need salt, lime, and tequila, of course, all carried out in a specific order. The mantra to remember is "lick, shoot, suck": The salt is licked off of your hand first, then the shot is drunk swiftly, and it's finished by sucking on a wedge of lime. This method is a hit at parties and with tourists in Mexico, but it does contradict what tequila connoisseurs recommend—that you should savor the taste and aroma slowly when drinking straight tequila, particularly the good stuff. However, enjoying a tequila shot this way adds a bit of fun to a gathering and can help temper the astringency of the alcohol.


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Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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

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

  4. Drink the shot glass of tequila quickly.

  5. Immediately bite into and ​suck on the lime or lemon wedge. The sour fruit balances and enhances the flavor of the tequila.


  • Whichever tequila you choose, it is best 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.) However, this method may not be worth using a premium tequila that is ideally sipped slowly as you would a scotch.
  • The popular tequila of choice has long been gold tequila, though that is quickly changing. Consider pouring a good blanco tequila into your shot glass, as it is typically much smoother. If you want to kick it up a notch, go with an aged reposado tequila. You may also opt for a smoky mezcal.

Recipe Variations

  • 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 a shooter instead. There are some fantastic shot recipes made with tequila that include ingredients like pineapple juice, triple sec, Tabasco sauce, and espresso.

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