Save the fancy crystal and put away the shiny silver shaker. Bring some flavor to your bar by shaking up a Cantarito cocktail. A Cantarito isn’t glitzy or fussy. It’s hard even to call it a “cocktail.” It’s a drink with a little character and a lot of moxie. You might consider a Cantarito like a Paloma Punch – grapefruit soda, tequila and citrus, served in “jarritos de barro grandes” or a big clay cup.
The Heart of the Cantarito is in the Cups
When we say that you don’t need a glass for this Cantarito drink recipe, that doesn’t mean you chug tequila straight from the bottle. The Cantarito is a down-to-earth drink served in a clay cup, also known as a “jarrito.” A good Cantarito starts with the perfect vessel.
The clay cups have been used in Latin American countries in bars and at roadside stands. The ceramic jars of varying sizes (individual up to “serves a whole table”) keep your drinks colder for a longer time, and when it’s hot outside, you want a cool drink. Did we mention how cool they look? Drinking out of one of these gives you instant authentic credibility.
Honestly Authentic, the Cantarito de Amatitán Recipe
Not only is the cup fun to drink out of, the drink is entertaining to make. And it’s even more enjoyable to watch the masters at work. If you haven’t to Amatitán, where Azuñia is grown, distilled and bottled, then you haven’t seen the magic that is Cantaritos El Guero. They take the simple traditional Cantarito de Amatitán recipe of orange, grapefruit, and lime juices, tequila, and grapefruit soda and make a performance out of the mixing.
It takes lots of practice to reach the level of the cantarito drink masters at Cantaritos El Guero, but it’s worthy trying out your bartending skills with our honestly authentic, traditional Cantarito de Amatitán recipe.
Make the Cantarito de Amatitán
- 2 oz Azuñia Blanco or Reposado Organic Tequila
- 1 oz Azuñia Organic Agave Nectar
- .5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
- .5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
- .25 oz Grapefruit Juice
- .25 oz Orange Juice
- Dash of Sea Salt
- Grapefruit Soda
- Combine all ingredients, except grapefruit soda and sea salt, in ice-filled cocktail shaker.
- Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
- Add a dash of sea salt to the bottom of the glass and pour contents of shaker into glass.
- Top off with grapefruit soda. Top with slices of citrus for garnish.
Garnish: Orange Slice (optional: rim glass with sea salt)
While the traditional Cantarito recipe is a fan favorite, don’t be afraid to experiment. Serve up your favorite margarita or even the classic tequila Paloma in the iconic cup. Or skip the Cantarito mug all together like Jessica from Boundless Bliss did. After all, it’s what’s inside that counts. No matter what you serve in it, we guarantee that what you serve it in will be the biggest hit of the night.
More Drinks to Mix
For more recipe ideas, check out our cocktail page. We have a tasty tequila drink for every style of cup on your shelf.
Pick up a Bottle
You can find Azuñia tequilas at fine restaurants, bars, and retailers across the country.white