More Than Just 8 Fun Facts About Mexican Cocktails

There are so many Mexican drinks to try. A trip to Mexico will not be complete without trying some of its finest drinks. We are talking about iconic Mexican cocktails that are as colorful and varied as their terrain.

A cocktail is a mixed drink typically made with distilled liquor (such as brandy, gin, rum, tequila, vodka, or whiskey) or sweetened liqueurs, wine, or beer as its base ingredients. The base liquor is then mixed with other ingredients or garnishes like sugar, and bitter or citrus.

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What are authentic Mexican cocktails that will help you appreciate the Mexican spirit whenever you get a drink of some?

Before we go to the details of the best Mexican cocktails you should be adding to your repertoire, learn the fun facts that make Mexican cocktails interesting.

8 Fun Facts About Mexican Cocktails

Here are some great Mexican cocktails facts you wouldn’t like to miss:

  1. Don Javier Delgado Corona, invented two of Mexico’s most popular cocktails, the Paloma and the Batanga. He was one of Mexico’s most prolific bartenders in a bar called La Capilla in the town of Tequila.
  2. The Paloma and the Batanga are variations on the same theme: the Paloma is tequila mixed with lime and grapefruit soda while the Batanga is tequila mixed with lime and Coke.
  3. Many of the other cocktails you will find in a Mexican bar are Caribbean imports like the piña colada, Cuba libre, daiquiri, and mojito.
  4. The most common mixed drink or cocktail in Mexico does not contain hard alcohol. It’s called the michelada, which can be as simple as beer and lime juice in a glass with a salted rim.
  5. The Americans have their own complex versions of the michelada Mexican cocktail that include clamato, hot sauce, lime juice, and a savory element like Worcestershire sauce, Maggi, or even soy sauce.
  6. The michelada Mexican cocktail has many variations especially at festivals and street fairs in Mexico. You can have either of these:
    • Chamoyadas that have the sweet-sour-salty pickled plum sauce chamoy.
    • Mangadas, a fruity mixture of mango purée and beer.
    • Gomicheladas with spicy gummy candies as a garnish.
  7. Mexico’s oldest cocktail drink is the pulque. It is made with the fermented syrup of the maguey or agave plant, which is the same plant used to make tequila and mezcal.
  8. One native regional specialty cocktail of Mexico prepared by the toritos of Veracruz is prepared with a blend of sugarcane rum with fruits, nuts, and even coffee. It has the feel of mucus and the flavor of sour milk. Those used to its flavor hunch over a big gulp-sized mug of this white stuff. Teens mask the natural flavor by chugging it down with pulque flavored with guava, pine nut, tamarind, strawberry, or pineapple.

What Are Authentic Mexican Cocktails?

You should have heard about the margarita. Of course, the classic margarita is a thing of beauty with its endless variations.

Related: The History of Margarita

But, there is more to Mexican cocktails than just the margarita that you should try.

Here’s a list of favorite Mexican cocktails:

  • Paloma Cocktail

The Paloma is quite possibly the most popular cocktail. This classic Mexican cocktail is bubbly, super-refreshing, and as genuinely Mexican as it gets.
Paloma Cocktail- El RinconIt is combined with tequila and grapefruit to make a simple sour taste that is sweet and refreshing as well. It is enjoyed as a happy hour drink or a brunch drink when watered down. The traditional Mexican Paloma is made with grapefruit soda.

  • Classic Margarita

The classic way to make authentic Margarita, the best-known of all Mexican cocktails is with three ingredients and a salt rim. The three ingredients are tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. Margaritas come in variations called Mezcal, Skinny, Jalapeño, Mango, and more.

Classic Margarita- El Rincon

  • Michelada

    Consider this a sort of combination between a Bloody Mary and a beer Margarita that is perfect for light occasions like an afternoon drink or a Mexican-themed brunch. It’s a spicy Mexican beer cocktail made with beer, tomato juice, lime juice, and hot sauce.
    Michelada- El RinconThe authenticity of this cocktail comes with its glass rim: a mix of Old Bay, chili powder, and celery salt that brings a salty and savory flair to the front end of this refreshing drink.

  • Classic Chelada

    Try this irresistible and refreshing beer cocktail that is easy to mix up. It’s a beer cocktail that features Mexican lager with lime, topped off with a salty rim. Get this ready for a laid-back brunch, cocktails on the patio, or a dinner of shrimp tacos.
    Classic Chelada- El Rincon

  • Carajillo or Mexican Spiked Coffee

    If you are in for an after-dinner drink Mexican cocktail, the Carajillo is what you need. It’s most famous in Mexico made with Licor 43. It’s a match made in heaven with that taste of sweet vanilla, chocolate, and citrus notes from the Licor and the bitter, rich notes of coffee.
    Carajillo- El Rincon

  • Mexican Mule

    Spice up your next gathering with this bold and bubbly Mexican cocktail. Make a classy spin on this classic cocktail with tequila, lime juice, and ginger. The way the bite of the tequila combines with the spicy ginger and zingy lime makes it very tempting to take another sip.
    Mexican Mule- El Rincon

  • Bloody Maria

    Although this is a non-traditional Mexican cocktail, this classic vodka cocktail can be swapped for tequila to give it a Mexican spin. The Mexican version is tangy, spicy, and perfectly seasoned. Make it Mexican with tequila, tomato juice, horseradish, lemon, Tabasco, Worcestershire, and celery salt.

  • Mexican Martini

    Do you want an upgrade to your classic margarita? Try the Mexican martini that tastes like a good margarita — seriously tangy, not too sweet, and citrusy. It’s got a hint of dry vermouth like a martini and garnished with an olive.

Incredibly Flavorful Mexican Cocktails

Now that you know the fun facts about Mexican cocktails and the best Mexican cocktails you should be trying, you know how to get more of that Mexican spirit when you dine at a Mexican restaurant like El Rincon.

Try these Mexican cocktails during your next celebration or simply when you try some of Mexico’s most delicious dishes.

There are many delicious non-alcoholic Mexican drinks to try as well. Some popular options include agua frescas, which are fruit-infused waters that can be made with a variety of ingredients such as watermelon, hibiscus, or tamarind.

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