The Cantarito: A Refreshing Tequila Cocktail Filled with Citrus

Easy Tequila Cantarito Cocktail Recipe
An easy take on the popular tequila Paloma, the Cantarito builds on the citrus flavors, keeping the grapefruit soda and it is just as refreshing. Photo Credit: © S&C Design Studios
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
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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. I 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.

What You'll Need

How 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.

How Strong is the Cantarito?

Trying to estimate the alcohol content of mixed drinks that are topped with soda is a challenge. You may add more soda than I would, but we'll go for an average so we can get a general idea.

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 this a very casual drink, about the same strength as the average glass of wine. Go ahead, enjoy a couple for happy hour!

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 156
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 679 mg
Carbohydrates 12 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 25 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)