Mexican Cocktails

May 19, 2021  |  By Peg Kern
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Tequila on a tasty Mexico cooking vacation.One of our favorite sunny destinations is Mexico, and for wine Wednesday we’ll feature Mexican cocktails! It’s not just the tasty mix of salty, sweet, and sour that you find in a margarita or sangrita that we love, it’s how the flavors pair so perfectly with Mexican food, and seem to beg one to book a flight straight to Mexico for one of our Mexican culinary tours.

Learn more about cocktails.

Margarita cocktail on our Mexican culinary tours

Margarita Recipe

Not nearly as popular in Mexico as in the U.S., this cocktail is simply too good not to include. (Learn more about the margarita cocktail!). Want a less sweet cocktail? Simply omit the simple syrup!

Ingredients for 4 cocktails:

  • 3/4 c. tequila (preferably silver)
  • 1/3 c. Triple Sec
  • 1/3 c. simple syrup
  • 1/2 c. lime juice
  • crushed ice
  • salt and lime wedges for garnish


  1. Shake the ingredients (except garnish) thoroughly.
  2. Serve in a salt-rimmed glass with a lime wedge.

Delicious fish tacos on our Mexico cooking vacation in the Yucatan.Try it with these wonderful fish tacos, or with Barbacoa tacos.


It means “dove,” and it’s probably the most popular tequila cocktail in Mexico. It’s a mix of tequila and a grapefruit-based soda, served on the rocks with a wedge of lime.

Pair it with these savory dobladillas with mole.


This spicy, fruity tomato drink is used a a chaser to fine sipping tequila, and it’s one of my personal favorites. Simply mix equal parts orange juice, tomato juice, and freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice. Add a pinch of salt and a couple dashes of tabasco (or other hot sauce).

Try it with this hearty sopa de frijol negro.

Michelada cocktail on our Mexican culinary tours


People usually either love or hate this beer cocktail, which is a bit of a “beer bloody Mary.” There are many recipe variations for it, but this is our favorite!

  • 1 Mexican beer
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1/3 c. tomato juice 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 dashes hot sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • black pepper, to taste
  • salt mixed with chili powder for rimming class

Ceviche on a culinary tour to MexicoSimply mix the ingredients and serve over ice in a glass with a salted rim.

Drink it along side a wonderful ceviche de mariscos.


Of course, if you prefer a non-alcoholic drink, Mexico has got you covered as well, with what my boys call “Mexican milk”: horchata. This sweet creamy drink is actually made from rice milk. We’ve featured it previously on our Facebook page, or you can check out our horchata recipe here!

Drink it with a classic Pozole rojo.

Margaritas with fabulous Mexican fare on a cooking vacation in Mexico.What’s your favorite Mexican drink? What’s your favorite food to drink it with?

Check out all of our Mexican culinary tours, and learn about our two newest culinary vacations in Mexico.

Try more of our cocktail recipes including:

By Peg Kern

Read our favorite New Year’s Eve cocktails.

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