TikTok's Tequila And Apple Juice Hack Is A Recipe For Danger

If you're in the market for a simple new mixed drink, (which, yes, is actually different from a cocktail), there is one popular concoction that has been blowing up recently across social media: Apple juice and tequila. While similar classic juice-based alcoholic mixtures like the screwdriver (orange juice and vodka) have been around for a while, the mixing of apple juice and tequila is a relatively new concept. It has just started catching on across social media. Why? Well, many imbibers have said that the juice completely masks the taste of alcohol. 


For example, TikToker @timthetankoffical shared his reaction to the drink on his page after hearing about it. He filled his glass halfway with apple juice, half with tequila, and gave it a stir and a sip. Despite his skepticism, the TikToker was surprised to find that he couldn't taste the tequila. After his review, he left viewers off with a warning saying, "be careful with this one because it will sneak up on you faster than a ninja with night vision goggles."


Does Apple Juice make you not taste Tequila?! #fyp #tequila #party #lifehack

♬ original sound – timthetankofficial

At the time of this writing, the video has over 145,000 likes, so people are clearly curious to try it. Still, while drinks like this might taste good, their very allure is also exactly what makes them so dangerous.


The danger of mixed drinks like these

Mixers like apple juice (or chasers like lemon or lime juice) can be adept at hiding the harsh taste of alcohol, thanks to their intense overloads of ingredients like sugar and citric acid. Combinations of simple ingredients like apple juice and tequila have some unsavory qualities beyond their surprisingly delicious taste. Namely, these drinks can be really dangerous.


While these mixed drinks often taste good, they're also indulgences to stay wary of. If you can't taste the alcohol in your drink, you won't know how much alcohol you're consuming. You might not realize you're close to hitting your limit, which could increase your chances of getting sick or could even lead to more serious effects like alcohol poisoning. Plus, since mixed drinks are so easy to make, often requiring no more than two simple ingredients, you might feel obligated to keep whipping them up even if you're over your limit. So, if you do decide to try out apple juice and tequila — or similar concoctions like jungle juice — make sure to pace yourself and consider how much alcohol you're really consuming.


Fans react to this surprisingly simple combination

While one TikToker's reaction to this drink has blown up, his is not the only one. Bartender @michellebellexo shared her own reaction to the beverage online, and it has reached nearly one million likes. To make the drink, she poured about an ounce of tequila into a glass with ice and topped it off with apple juice. While she was also initially skeptical of this combination, even saying it sounded "nasty", she was also surprised after taking the first sip. "It's really good, you guys," she said while taking another drink.


Does tequila mixed with apple juice taste good? #tequila #applejuice #tastetest #bartender #tequilalover

♬ original sound – Michelle Raleigh Bartender

Fans were quick to share their excitement for the potential of this drink under her video, with one commenting, "anything with apple juice is a go to for me." Others claimed that they wanted to try this drink with Fireball or gin. (And there are plenty of other tequila alternatives that could also be worth trying with the juice.) 

Another commenter questioned if bars typically even have apple juice. Michelle responded that they typically don't, which could be a reason why the drink has not been very popular until now. Still, that might be for the best. If apple juice is so adept at hiding tequila's strong alcoholic bite, it could get some people into trouble. Still, this wouldn't be the first TikTok hack that fans claimed could eliminate the taste of alcohol, so maybe this one will eventually fade into obscurity, too.