Kiwi is a seriously underrated fruit that isn't used in cocktails nearly enough. This Kiwi Mint Tequila Cocktail is simple to make and packed with fruity flavor!
(This recipe for Kiwi Mint Tequila Cocktail was originally published in May 2013, but was updated with new photos and content in 2020).
There's tequila when you're 21 and then there's tequila when you're 35. Totally different ball game, my friends. If you know what I mean.
I think that the older you get, the more you begin to realize that tequila can actually be enjoyed. In cocktails. And on its own paired with food. And when you reach that point, tequila becomes a beautiful thing and not a vague terrible memory from a couple weekends ago.
I never thought I'd reach a point in my life where tequila cocktails are some of my favorite cocktails, but here we are. The liquor pairs well with so many ingredients, but until now, I've never tried pairing it with kiwi.
With their tropical fruity flavor, it almost feels like tequila was made for kiwi. Add in some summery mint and a little lime juice and this Kiwi Mint Tequila Cocktail will become your new drink of the season.
Kiwi Mint Tequila Cocktail Recipe
As most of my cocktails are, this is as easy as can be. Put peeled and roughly chopped kiwis, mint, lime juice, and agave or honey in a blender.
And blend until a nice smooth puree is formed. It will kind of look like a green smoothie... But obviously this mixture is so much better!
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 4 oz. tequila and kiwi mixture.
Shake well and pour into a glass filled with ice. Top off with soda water. And a kiwi slice garnish for fun.
A lot of people have a dislike for tequila because they remember their college days of drinking too much of it and drinking not so high quality tequila. Understandable. Totally understandable. But it's time to change your mindset.
And this kiwi mint tequila cocktail is the perfect way to do so. It's the perfect balance of fruitiness and liquor. Tequila lovers and tequila skeptics alike will enjoy this one.
And kiwi lovers! Why is kiwi so underrated? I love eating it (with a spoon or sliced!), but think I may enjoy it in kiwi cocktail form even more.
While I certainly wouldn't describe myself as an expert, I am pleased to say my palate is at a point where I really can tell good tequila from a not so good tequila from a GREAT tequila. And I'm way, way more picky than I ever was.
As you can tell, that definitely doesn't mean I'm opposed to enjoying it in fruity cocktail form. Especially if that fruit is all natural.
In addition to encouraging everyone to enjoy more tequila, I'm hereby starting a petition to encourage more people to eat kiwi. Or drink it in kiwi cocktails as the case may be.
What's your favorite tequila-based cocktail?
If you're looking for more delicious tequila cocktails, check out my Tequila Thyme Lemonade and my Blackberry Lemonade Margaritas. I also love the shrimp and tequila combination and highly recommend these Tequila Jalapeño Shrimp and this Tequila Shrimp Ceviche. And I can't wait to try this Strawberry Tequila Soda from All Spice Blog!
Kiwi Mint Tequila Cocktail
- 5 kiwis, peeled and roughly chopped (plus one for garnish)
- 8 mint leaves
- 1 ½ Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 Tbsp honey or agave
- 4 oz. blanco tequila
- Soda water, for topping
- Put the kiwis, mint, lime juice, and agave or honey in a blender. Blend until a nice smooth puree is formed.
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add tequila and kiwi mixture
- Shake well and pour into two glasses filled with ice. Top off with soda water and add a kiwi slice garnish if desired.