Cheers to Cantaritos: A Refreshing Mexican Tequila Cocktail Recipe by Ann Marie Patitucci

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Cheers to Cantaritos: A Refreshing Mexican Tequila Cocktail Recipe

Cantaritos are tequila-based Mexican cocktails made with citrus and grapefruit soda. They are known to have originated in the state of Jalisco, which is also the birthplace of tequila.

Cantaritos are traditionally served in clay jugs called jarritos de barro, which translates to “little jugs.” The traditional clay cups keep the sweet, tangy and refreshing tequila cocktails cold. You can find clay cups made by artisans online at Etsy.

This easy cantaritos recipe is made with orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, lime juice, tequila blanco and grapefruit soda. The tequila cocktail recipe makes one serving, but you can increase the ingredient measurements to make more for a crowd.

Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce lime juice
  • 2 ounces tequila blanco (tequila in its purest form)
  • pinch of salt
  • grapefruit soda
  • ice
  • lime, lemon or grapefruit wedge (optional)
  • lime and salt rim (optional)

Here’s how to make it:

  1. If you're using regular drinking glasses, fill them with ice and water. If you’re using jarritos, submerge them in water while you move to step 2.
  2. Squeeze orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime juice into a cocktail shaker or cup. Add the tequila and salt. Stir.
  3. Remove the jarritos from the water or empty out the glasses. Fill halfway with ice and pour the citrus mixture over top. Fill the rest with grapefruit soda.
  4. Garnish with an optional wedge of lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit. Serve with a lime wedge and salt rim, if desired.

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Tequila is fun to drink anytime but especially if you’re serving Mexican food. So fun.
Elisa Schmitz
This cocktail definitely sounds refreshing. A nice change of pace to make happy hour even happier! #cheers

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