|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 3g||3%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 85g||31%|
|Dietary Fiber 19g||68%|
|Total Sugars 37g|
|Vitamin C 371mg||1,854%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The cantarito is a complex cousin of the paloma, and it's also a favorite tequila cocktail from Mexico. Its name comes from the cantarito (or jarrito de barro), a stout clay cup that's used to serve drinks like this at bars and cafés all over Latin America.
This popular highball adds lemon and orange juice to the paloma's mix of tequila, lime, and grapefruit soda. The extra citrus transforms the drink into one of the most refreshing tequila cocktails around and makes it a perfect summer drink that's super easy to mix up.
One authentic variation of this mixed drink is called a cantarito de Amatitán. It's named after the municipality, which is home to the Tequila Herradura distillery in the state of Jalisco, where the majority of tequila is produced. That version changes the citrus ratio and adds agave nectar. There are other changes you can make to the cantarito as well, and it's fun to taste all the possibilities.
"This recipe shows what the addition of orange and lemon can do to an already succulent combination of agave, grapefruit, and lime. This cocktail is round, full-bodied, and fun. The added ingredients, complexity, and time to make this cocktail just might make it more enjoyable than a Paloma." —Sean Johnson
Coarse salt, for optional rim
1 1/2 ounces tequila
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce orange juice
4 to 6 ounces grapefruit soda, to taste
Lemon, lime, or orange wedge, for garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
If you like, rim a collins glass with salt after wetting the rim with a citrus wedge.
Fill the glass with ice and add the tequila and juices.
Top it off with grapefruit soda.
Garnish with a wedge of citrus fruit. Serve and enjoy.
- The best cantarito is made with fresh citrus juices. You will not regret taking the time to squeeze each fruit.
- For the tequila, blancos are a good choice. Some people enjoy it with the slight aging found in a reposado.
- There are a number of grapefruit sodas available; Jarritos, Squirt, and Fresca are commonly poured into a cantarito and rather easy to find. Specialty sodas, like those from Hansen's, Izze, and Q Drinks, are excellent choices as well.
- To make the cantarito de Amatitán, shake 2 ounces of tequila, 1 ounce of agave nectar, 1/2 ounce each of lemon and lime juices, and 1/4 ounce each of grapefruit and orange juices with ice. Toss a dash of sea salt into a tall glass and pour everything from the shaker into it. Top it off with grapefruit soda and garnish with an orange wedge.
- No grapefruit soda? Pour about 1/2 ounce of grapefruit juice, then top the drink with any light soda (e.g., club soda or lemon-lime soda).
- The cantarito is a fabulous candidate for a big-batch cocktail. Mix the tequila and juices up in a pitcher, store it in the refrigerator, then top the glasses with soda when you're ready for a drink.
How Strong Is a Cantarito?
Estimating the alcohol content of soda-topped mixed drinks is never precise. Pouring an 80-proof tequila with a total drink volume of 7 ounces results in a cantarito around 9 percent ABV (18 proof). Whether you pour more or less soda, it's almost always a very casual drink and similar to a glass of wine. Go ahead, enjoy a couple for happy hour.