The Cantarito: A Refreshing Tequila Cocktail Filled With Citrus

Easy tequila Cantarito cocktail recipe

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
156 Calories
1g Fat
12g Carbs
25g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 156
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 679mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 25g
Calcium 46mg 4%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The Cantarito is a complex cousin of the Paloma, and it is another favorite of Mexico. This classic highball adds lemon and orange juice to the mix of tequila, lime, and grapefruit soda. You'll find it to be one of the most refreshing tequila cocktails around, and it makes a great summer drink.

There are a few grapefruit sodas out there that fit the bill, though Squirt is most commonly used. We would, however, recommend trying the Cantarito with Q Grapefruit as it is a much cleaner drink and that soda was designed specifically for cocktails.

Whichever soda you decide to pour, it is the juices make this cocktail and it's always ​best with fresh-squeezed juice.


Steps to Make It

  1. Rim a collins glass with salt if you like.

  2. Fill the glass with ice, and add the tequila and juices.

  3. Top it off with grapefruit soda.

  4. Garnish with the fruit wedges.


  • Trying to estimate the alcohol content of mixed drinks that are topped with soda is a challenge. 
  • If we pour an 80-proof tequila and have a total drink volume of seven ounces, our Cantarito will be around 9% ABV (18 proof). That makes a very casual drink, about the same strength as the average glass of wine. Go ahead, enjoy a couple for happy hour!