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The Cantarito cocktail is a refreshing and vibrant libation originating from Mexico, known for its citrusy flavors and unique presentation. Traditionally served in a clay pot called a "cantarito," this cocktail has been enjoyed for generations, particularly in regions like Jalisco where it originated.


Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) tequila

  • 30 ml (1 oz) fresh lime juice

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) fresh orange juice

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) grapefruit juice

  • 1 tsp agave nectar or simple syrup

  • Club soda

  • Ice cubes

  • Salt (for rimming, optional)

  • Clay pot or highball glass

  • Cocktail shaker

  • Jigger

Preparation Steps:

  1. Rim the edge of the clay pot or highball glass with salt, if desired, by running a lime wedge along the rim and dipping it in salt.

  2. Fill the clay pot or highball glass with ice cubes.

  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine 60 ml (2 oz) of tequila, 30 ml (1 oz) of fresh lime juice, 15 ml (1/2 oz) of fresh orange juice, 15 ml (1/2 oz) of grapefruit juice, and 1 tsp of agave nectar or simple syrup.

  4. Shake the ingredients vigorously with ice to chill and mix well.

  5. Strain the mixture into the prepared clay pot or highball glass filled with ice.

  6. Top up with club soda.

  7. Garnish with a slice of lime or grapefruit, if desired.

Flavor Profile:

The Cantarito cocktail offers a perfect balance of citrusy sweetness and tequila's robust flavor, with a refreshing effervescence from the club soda. It's a taste of Mexico in a glass, perfect for sipping on a hot day or while enjoying a festive gathering.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Fresh Citrus Juice: Using freshly squeezed citrus juice is key to achieving the vibrant and authentic flavor of the Cantarito cocktail. Take the time to squeeze your own lime, orange, and grapefruit juice for the best results.

  • Choosing the Right Tequila: Opt for a good-quality blanco or reposado tequila with distinct agave notes to shine through in the cocktail. Avoid overly aged tequilas that may overpower the delicate citrus flavors.

  • Clay Pot vs. Highball Glass: While the traditional vessel for serving a Cantarito is a clay pot, a highball glass works just as well if you don't have one on hand. The clay pot adds a rustic charm and may subtly enhance the cocktail's flavor due to its porous nature.

  • Adjusting Sweetness: The sweetness of the Cantarito can be adjusted to suit your taste preferences. Start with a small amount of agave nectar or simple syrup and add more if needed, tasting as you go.

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