Watch the ultimate tequila cocktail class with Gracie Taylor & Ali from Hitchcooks!

Kiwi podcaster Gracie Taylor and her partner Ali Hitchcock, of famed foodie IG account @hitchcooks, whipped together two classically cool cocktails for the party season using Jose Cuervo tequila. 

"Traditionally you are meant to sip tequila, not shot it! So, it makes sense to use in some delicious cocktails to be savoured slowly," says Gracie.


“There are so many drinks to make with tequila. It can be a great summer cocktail base and it has an interesting and delicious flavour,” says Ali Hitchcock (aka epic foodie from instagram sensation @hitchcooks). They’re a fine drop, but don’t just take our word for it…

Try them out yourself! 

Keep it classy NZ with a PALOMA



45ml Jose Cuervo tequila 

Grapefruit soda

A squeeze of fresh lime


A segment of dehydrated grapefruit to garnish

Hot Tip

If you don't have grapefruit soda, you can easily make it using fresh grapefruit juice, plain soda and simple syrup.


Fill a tall glass with ice, add the tequila and top glass up with grapefruit soda, squeeze the lime in and garnish with the dehydrated grapefruit.

Food Match

Pair your Paloma with tuna ceviche with avocado, red onion, lime juice, coriander and salt and pepper served with tostadas or corn chips.

Add some kick with a CHILLI MARGARITA



1 tbsp simple sugar syrup

30ml orange flavoured liqueur 

30ml Jose Cuervo 1800 Silver tequila 

22ml fresh lime juice 

Shredded coconut flakes

Fresh red chillies to taste (seeds removed)

Hot Tip

Chill your glass beforehand so it's perfectly cool for serving. 


In a cocktail shaker add the tequila, lime, liqueur and syrup. Shake hard. Wet the glass rim and coat with shredded coconut and fresh chilli. Fine strain into the glass from the shaker. Pop a chilli on the rim for added drama. 

Food Match

Pair your chilli marg with fresh New Zealand oysters served on ice, with lemon wedges and cracked pepper.

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