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Coctel En Cantarito | Classic Cantarito Cocktail

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. 

Where Is The Cantarito Cocktail From?

We say that because in that region of Mexico the Cantarito drink (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 an awesome presentation but they’re usually soaked in cold water which helps the cocktail stay ice cold. 

How Is The Cantarito Cocktail Made?

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 as 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! Now let’s make this {Coctel En Cantarito} Classic Cantarito Cocktail recipe.

Go stock up on all your cooking essentials then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

And, if you’re heading to Jalisco anytime soon, hit us up to have us plan your Mexico trip!

Cantarito Cocktail
Classic Cantarito Drink Recipe

{Coctel En Cantarito} Classic Cantarito Cocktail Recipe

Like a cousin to the more popular margarita or Paloma cocktails, the Cantarito is a tequila cocktail made with citrus and grapefruit soda. But just like the state of Jalisco where it's from, it's a thing 100% unique. So grab your cantarito, if you have one, and make this {Coctel En Cantarito} Classic Cantarito Cocktail recipe.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Diet Vegan
Servings 1 Cantarito
Calories 170 kcal


  • 1/2 medium Lime for rimming the glass with salt (optional)
  • Pinch Sea salt plus more for rimming the glass with salt (optional)
  • 2 ounces reposado tequila
  • 1 ounce freshly-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ice cubes
  • chilled Grapefruit Soda
  • Thinly sliced wheels of limes , lemons, grapefruit, or oranges, for garnish


  • 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. 
  • 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!



Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 155mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 83IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword classic Mexican cocktail
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