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Refreshing Summer Cocktail [Mexico's Cantarito]

I was introduced to this Mexican cocktail while visiting Tequila; a four hour drive from the beaches near Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco. As we walked around the main plaza, we noticed many people drinking from ceramic mugs as they meandered through town. It didn't take us long to discover the whereabouts of this delightful bevy nor to fall in love with it. It has become a regular in our line up to impress our guests or our go-to afternoon toddy to help deal with the sweltering summer heat along the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

There are a multitude of ways to make this popular drink; here is what we have observed to be the most common recipe, after a handful of trips back to the pueblo of Tequila.


Shot of tequila

1-3 limes squeezed

1/2 lemon squeezed

1 orange squeezed

1/2 grapefruit squeezed

Top it off with Squirt or Fresca soda


Add ice before combining the ingredients

Garnish the rim of the glass with a slice of lemon and salt

Sprinkle Tejin or chamoy chile seasoning as garnish


A visit to your local Mexican market (or probably the Mexican aisle in your local grocery store) will have plenty of chile seasoning options. We have begun to substitute lemonade or lime-aid for the Squirt soda (because we are not soda drinkers). Just like any recipe, experiment with quantities and make it to your exact liking. Most importantly, resist the temptation to buy Jose Cuervo tequila products….there are so many tastier options. Look for a tequila with a label which reads 100% agave.

{Saving the Best For Last}!

As you make your drink, have a bowl nearby for discarding the fruit. If you are entertaining guests, give each of them their own small bowl of pre-cut fruit along with their glass of ice, tequila and Squirt. After you squeeze the citrus fruit into your own glass, discard the rinds into the extra bowl.

Our waiter at La Cofradia restaurant {located at our favorite tequila distillery} told us it is tradition to throw out the bad vibes of the day into the bowl of discarded fruit; which will then be removed from your presence, tossed away and forgotten.

I don't know how he knew that this was needed on this particular day…but it certainly cured what was ailing us {along with the help of the ginormous cantarito bowl we were given to sip our drink from}.




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I’m Jen… a Science teacher by day and a beach bum by afternoon. I live along the Pacific coast of Mexico with my husband Sam and our two dogs. I yearn for adventures; surfing is a daily ritual, frequently followed by street tacos and a cold margarita. I was born and raised in Southern California; however, a desire to transform what I understood about the world, a repugnance for a mundane existence & a nagging twitch for adventure has kept me packing my bags. Loved ones have learned to write our address in pencil, always seem to find room to store our belongings and have stopped asking: 'when are you going to settle down?'.My philosophy in life: smile more, live simply and always have an adventure of some sorts on the calendar; whether it is a full moon night hike, just down the road or traversing across the world!

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