Tequila and Mountain Dew Recipe

I mean, nothing says ‘party’ like a Tequila and Mountain Dew! This is how I make the best version of this simple two-ingredient mixed drink.

Everything we need to know about mixing a Tequila and Mountain Dew is in the name. I’m going to share how I make it, but know that it still tastes just as good without the extras.

I know it’s low-brow, but I LOVE that it’s easy while also crisp, refreshing, and citrus-y. As you know I like lemons, so when I mix this drink–I add extra lemon juice and wedges!

Tequila and Mountain Dew Recipe

What is Tequila and Mountain Dew?

The Tequila and Mountain Dew (‘Mtn Dew’) is one of the easiest tequila party drinks EVER!! This 2-ingredient tequila drink is 1 part tequila to 5 parts Mountain Dew (depending on how strong you like it).

Mtn Dew is a citrus-flavored soda with hints of lemon, lime, and orange. The drink can be garnished with a lemon wedge (or two). I like the added citrus taste!

What is a Tequila and Mountain Dew called?

It turns out I’m not the only one who enjoys the combo of tequila with the classic citrus soda–the mix of tequila and Mountain Dew is also known as Redneck Margarita or Mexican Dew.

I also enjoy it with cheap tequila and 12 oz of Diet Mountain Dew for a Hillbilly Margarita. Stir with a butter knife. Rim glass with margarita salt (optional). The lower-calorie version tastes just as delicious!

Why I love this recipe!

  • Zesty Flavors! Citrus definitely make the list of my favorite summertime flavors!
  • Easy To Make! Simply combine the ingredients, pour, and enjoy in just 1 minute!
  • Smooth! The tequila is almost completely hidden by Mtn Dew’s citrus soda taste!
  • Large Batch! Depending on the size of my pitcher, I can easily scale it to yield more servings!

Ingredient notes

This Tequila and Mountain Dew recipe comes together as easily as it goes down! To make this cocktail, I gather:

  • Tequila – I like Jose Cuervo–no need for expensive liquor in my drinks! Any tequila will do.
  • Mountain Dew – Bubbly, lemon-lime sweetness. I use diet Mtn Dew.
  • Ice – Keeps Tequila and Mountain Dew cocktails perfectly chilled!
  • Lime – Slice up fresh lemon wuddle and garnish the glass!

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Tequila and Mountain Dew tips

Here’s how to take this drink to the next level!

  • The 1:5 pour creates a Tequila and Mountain Dew. To make this in the average 10 oz highball glass, I simply pour over plenty of ice!
  • I use a good budget tequila like Jose Cuervo silver which works perfectly. You don’t have to splurge–unless you want to!
  • I recommend putting the tequila in the freezer for ultimate chill—I find that this helps the ice melt slower.
  • I always make sure everything is ice cold (even the glass)
  • Don’t skimp on the lemon wedge!

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The Tequila and Mountain Dew ratio

Tequila has a subtle flavor, so you’ll taste more of the Mountain Dew than the alcohol. Here’s the right tequila to Mtn Dew ratio:

  • 1 oz tequila to 5 oz Mtn Dew
  • 1 part tequila to 5 parts Mtn Dew OR

You can adjust the ratio depending on how strong you like your drink.

I find the classic 1:5 a bit STRONG myself. So I add more Dew–I often use a 1:6 ratio.

Tip: Add lime for complexity!

For the BEST Tequila and Mountain Dew, I muddle the lemon to step it up! 

I recommend muddling 2 lemon wedges in the glass first. The drink begs for the brightness from lemon to cut Mountain Dew’s sweetness! You can also use lime or orange, if that’s what you have on hand.

Tequila and Mountain Dew recipe

Tequila and Mountain Dew recipe combines Tequila and Mountain Dew citrus soda, with a twist of lemon. This refreshingly easy drink is ready in just 1 minute. Let’s Dew it!

Tequila and Mountain Dew Recipe

Recipe by Gina ElizabethCourse: DrinksCuisine: Mexican, AmericanDifficulty: Easy

This tequila and Mountain Dew drink is a refreshingly crisp drink, and perfect with a splash of orange simple syrup


  • 1 oz tequila

  • 5 oz Mountain Dew, regular or diet

  • Lemon wedges (garnish)


  • Fill a tall glass with ice.
  • Add the tequila and Mountain dew.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Squeeze a lemon wedge into the drink and garnish with another lime wedge.
  • Serve immediately.


  • Chill the glass and make sure everything is ice cold.
  • Muddle two lemon wedges in the glass first to step it up! 

I love creating easy 2-ingredient cocktails at home! If you were to ask me my favorite easy tequila party recipe, I’d most likely say this Tequila and Mountain Dew mixed drink.

Tequila and Mountain Dew variations

For a more refined cocktail using tequila and Mountain Dew, I would try:

Mountain Dew Rita: Rim a pint glass with lemon, then coat it with crushed Doritos. Add ice, juice from one lemon, two ounces of tequila, and top with Mountain Dew.

Tequila Slammer: Pour 1 oz Tequila, 1/2 oz Mountain Dew into shot glass. Next, hold your hand over the top of the glass, and slam it down! The shot will change color. Take the shot.

The Swamp Special and Red Lobster Dew Garita. are more refined cocktails using ingredients like Midori, triple sec, sour, Margarita mix, and fruit.

You might also want to try different Mtn Dew flavors such as:

  • Tequila with Mountain Dew Code Red
  • Tequila with Mountain Dew Baja Blast
  • Tequila with Mountain Dew Voltage
  • Tequila with Mountain Dew Gold

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