How to Drink Tequila With Salt & Lemon

by Maya Black
Take tequila shots with lemon when limes are out of season.

Take tequila shots with lemon when limes are out of season.

Tequila, one of Mexico's most significant contributions to the world of fine spirits, comes in a range of qualities. Typically, 100 percent pure blue agave tequila tastes the best, as blended tequila products often contain sugar, added color and other fillers. Traditionally, tequila shots are taken with a lime wedge, but you may wish to use a lemon wedge, if limes are out of season and aren’t available at your supermarket.

Cut a lemon into wedges. Rinse a shot glass and shake off the excess water. Sprinkle kosher salt onto a plate. Turn the shot glass upside down on the plate and coat its rim with salt; the salt adheres to the shot glass more easily when it is damp. You can also use plain table salt, but white, flaky kosher salt dissolves more quickly in the mouth and makes for a more aesthetically pleasing look if you're preparing shots for a party.

Alternatively, sprinkle salt on the wedge between your thumb and index finger instead of around the shot glass rim. Traditionally, the salt's only purpose is to cut the sweetness of the tequila, so it doesn't matter which way it ends up on your tongue. Fill the shot glass with tequila.

Drink the shot of tequila in one gulp. Lick the salt off your hand quickly, if that's the method you use, and suck the lemon wedge in short succession.

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Items you will need

  • Shot glass
  • Plate
  • Kosher salt
  • Tequila
  • Paring knife
  • Lemon wedge


  • When it comes to choosing the best tequila for shots, it all boils down to your taste buds. Sample white tequila, which is distilled clear like vodka, rested tequila that has been aged for around two months and aged tequila that has been barrel aged for one year or more to get a feel for which type you prefer.

About the Author

Maya Black has been covering business, food, travel, cultural topics and decorating since 1992. She has bachelor's degree in art and a master's degree in cultural studies from University of Texas, a culinary arts certificate and a real estate license. Her articles appear in magazines such as Virginia Living and Albemarle.

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