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Cantarito Cocktail Recipe

Apr 01, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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The cantarito is a tequila-based cocktail that is a Mexican staple, but has spread worldwide. It is less popular than the Paloma, which a similar drink that is more popular today, but certainly is still extremely huge in Mexico.

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Since it is a tequila cocktail, it has been able to become a summer favorite worldwide, and also isn’t the strongest tequila cocktail, which is great for party guests who feel like having more than one. It takes very little time to prepare, compared to other cocktails. The margarita may be the most popular tequila-based drink worldwide, and the Mexican Paloma certainly is a Mexican favorite, but that doesn’t mean that the cantarito doesn’t have its unique place as a cocktail worth keeping in mind.


  • 1.5 ounces of tequila
  • ½ ounce of lime juice
  • ½ ounce of lemon juice
  • ½ ounce of orange juice
  • 8 ounces of grapefruit soda


  1. Rim a Collins glass with salt (if you are preparing the drink with Collins glass).
  2. Fill the glass or cantarito cup with the tequila, lime juice, lemon juice, and orange juice, over ice.
  3. Top the cocktail off with the grapefruit soda.


  • Collins glass or cantarino cup

The juices involved in the cocktail truly make it more refreshing than expected, and it is an underrated summer cocktail. One aspect that separates the Cantarito is that it has its own customized cup, which is usually a jug made of clay. This is unique because it is a drink container that actually keeps the cocktail cold, and helps to preserve a humble vibe, as opposed to more sophisticated cocktails such as martinis or Old-Fashioned cocktails. All in all, the Cantarito is a working man’s tequila-based summer drink that is wildly popular in Mexico, and has a respectable fanbase outside of the country as well.

You can garnish with lime, lemon, and orange wedges to match the juices that are in the cocktail, and of course, you can control how strong the drinks are by changing the amount of soda or using a different kind of tequila. It might be an underrated summer cocktail, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t a great one. Enjoy one today!



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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


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