Love Tequila? Try These 3 Drink Recipes Using Other Mexican Spirits

By: Cassarah Coffey | Segun Oduolowu Posted: 10:45 AM, Aug 3, 2018 Updated: 10:55 AM, Aug 3, 2018

We all know tequila, and its popular cousin, mezcal. But Taco Guild’s Sam Cavallaro says those aren’t the only Mexican spirits worth celebrating. There is a whole world of options worth exploring. Here are three amazing drink recipes to try that will have you excited for happy hour this weekend. 

1. Raicilla Cocktail

Raicilla can be produced out of two different agaves. Like tequila, it can be cooked above ground in autoclave steamers – or, like mezcal, it can be cooked underground in earth pits while being heated by lava rocks. How cool is that? Bartender Adam Gerlach suggests smoothing out the taste of Raicilla with grapefruit, like in our first cocktail, “Paloma Bonita.”


  • 1.5 ounces La Venenosa Sierra Raicilla
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed grapefruit
  • 1 ounce agave
  • Squirt float
  • Tajín glass rim


Combine, shake and strain in your favorite glass. Add ice. Float with Squirt and garnish with grapefruit slice.


2. Bacanora Cocktail

Our second spirit is harder to find – Bacanora. It’s made from plants that grow wild on the Sonoran mountain sides. You cut off the leaves of it, and all you want to get Bacanora is the heart of the plant. You put that in the earth pit just like Mezcal, but not like Tequila. In our following cocktail,  the Strawberry Habanero Humito, you’ll get some earthy tones with a little bit of smokey flavor.


  • 2 ounces Rancho Tepua Bacanora
  • 2 muddled strawberries
  • 1/5 ounces lime juice
  • 1/4 ounces of habanero peppers
  • Bubbles (float)


Combine all your ingredients, shake hard, and strain into a Martini glass. Float with champagne, and garnish with fresh strawberries and habaneros.


3. Sotol Cocktail

Our final liquor, Sotol, is made from the leaves of the desert spoon, a succulent relative of Agave and asparagus. This drink will give you more grassy notes. Sotol pairs with fruity and earthy flavors in a drink called The Old Testament.


  • 1.5 ounces Sotol Por Siempre
  • 3/4 Vermouth Blanc
  • 3/4 lime
  • 1/2 mango
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s


Combine, shake, and strain in your favorite glass. Add ice. Garnish with dried chili mango.


So, there you have it. If you’re looking forward to the weekend and would like to dive into the flavors of the Southwest, look no further than these amazing concoctions.






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