What's that you say? You've never heard of the Cantarito Cocktail? We're going to guess then that, while you may have traveled to Mexico, you probably haven't been to the state of Jalisco. Or maybe you've been to Puerto Vallarta but not Guadalajara or the town of Tequila.
We say that because in that region of Mexico the Cantarito cocktail (aka the Cazuela cocktail) is everywhere. As in, on seemingly every menu, sold by street vendors, everywhere! Side note: If you find yourself in the town of Tequila, you'll want to make sure to detour to Cantaritos El Güero because they're known throughout Jalisco for the cocktail. (Yes, it's a total scene but it's a fun (if kitschy) experience.)
As for the name, well, the cocktail is named for their serving vessels which are usually clay mugs (cantaritos) or casserole dishes (cazuelas). They not only make for awesome presentation but they're usually soaked in cold water which helps the cocktail stay ice cold.
Like a cousin to the more popular margarita or Paloma cocktails, the Cantarito is a tequila cocktail made with citrus and grapefruit soda. But it's not quite a boozy as a margarita and not as sweet as a Paloma and the result is one of the most refreshing cocktails we've ever had!
for rimming the glass with salt (optional)
plus more for rimming the glass with salt (optional)
lemons, grapefruit, or oranges, for garnish
To Rim The Cocktail Glass With Salt (Optional): Press half of a lime along the rim of a cantarito clay cup, a Tom Collins, or highball glass. Then roll the rim into the salt.
To Make The Cantarito Cocktail: Combine the 2 ounces of tequila, 1 ounce of grapefruit juice, 1 ounce of orange juice, and 1/2 ounce lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Fill halfway with ice, close, and shake seriously hard until shaker is frosted, about 15 to 20 seconds.
Strain the mixture into the salt rimmed glass and fill with ice (we like it crushed but cubes work too). Add the grapefruit soda and slices of fruit for garnish, and serve!
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