1½ ozs. tequila
½ oz. orange juice
½ oz. lemon juice
1 dash orange-flower water
2 teaspoons grenadine
1 slice orange
Shake tequila, orange juice, lemon juice, orange-flower water and grenadine well with ice. Strain over rocks in prechilled old-fashioned glass. Add orange slice.

I was looking through the Tequila section to find something to make for Cinco de Mayo. This one looked interesting, and had a Mexican souding name (the drink is named for a city in Jalisco, Mexico), so fit the bill nicely. Also it didn’t use any limes, which is good since they were in short supply around town.

For this recipe I used Jose Cuervo Especial Gold tequila, an organic Valencia orange, and homemade grenadine (using Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s recipe). I changed up the garnish a bit as well.

At first I liked this. The orange-flower water comes through very nicely up front, but doesn’t take over, blending nicely with the agave and citrus flavours. Unfortunately, the finish isn’t nearly as nice, with a bitter, sour flavour lingering on the tongue. I’m sure there are ways to fix this one, and I think it’s worth saving, but it’ll take a bit of work.

I found a few other versions of this in books and online, all mostly similar. The main variation are ones that use an orange liqueur in place of the orange-flower water; I chose not to bother making any of those, though, since the orange-flower water was the thing I liked most about this one.

This post is part of my project to make, and where possible improve upon, all the cocktails in “Playboy’s Host and Bar Book” from 1971.


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