Agua Caliente

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Cocktail History

The Agua Caliente is a classic cocktail that was created in the 1920s and is the earliest known version of the Tequila Sunrise. It’s made with tequila, lime, simple syrup, raspberry liqueur, and soda water, and it is named after the racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Tequila Blanco: This is the base spirit. It’s a type of tequila made with unaged agave. We used El Jimador Tequila Blanco because it has a light and palatable agave flavor and is affordable. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Agave Blanco Spirit in place of the tequila.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with white sugar and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Crème De Cassis: This is a blackcurrant liqueur. We used Mathilde Cassis Liqueur for its tart, bittersweet flavor.

Grenadine: This is a sweetener made with pomegranate juice and white sugar. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Soda Water: This is water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure. It stretches the drink and adds some fizz. We used Topo Chico because it’s light, essentially flavorless, and refreshing.

Lime Wheel: This is one of the garnishes. It adds a hint of lime aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We thought this recipe was delicious and refreshing. The mixers mask the tequila so well that it might be a little dangerous if you’re not careful, and the tart fruity flavors made us almost feel like we were back on a beach in Mexico.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

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AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Tequila Blanco
 1 oz Lime Juice
 ½ oz Crème De Cassis
 Soda Water
 1 Lime Wheel

Method
1

Mix simple syrup and lime juice together in a highball glass.

2

Fill with ice.

3

Stir for 10-20 seconds.

4

Add tequila, crème de cassis, and soda water.

5

Slowly pour grenadine down the center of the glass and serve without stirring.

6

Garnish with lime wheel.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Tequila Blanco
 1 oz Lime Juice
 ½ oz Crème De Cassis
 Soda Water
 1 Lime Wheel

Directions

Method
1

Mix simple syrup and lime juice together in a highball glass.

2

Fill with ice.

3

Stir for 10-20 seconds.

4

Add tequila, crème de cassis, and soda water.

5

Slowly pour grenadine down the center of the glass and serve without stirring.

6

Garnish with lime wheel.

Agua Caliente

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More Tequila Cocktails

If you like this tequila-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Mocha Spiked Horchata: A tequila cocktail made with horchata, cold-brew coffee, chocolate bitters, and ground cinnamon

 Wild Rose: A tequila and dry sparkling wine cocktail made with pineapple gum syrup, maraschino liqueur, Angostura aromatic bitters, and a orange twist

 Privateer (Variation): A tequila cocktail made with passion fruit syrup, pineapple juice, lime juice, smoke and salt bitters, rosemary, and Tajín

 Salted Sage Paloma: A tequila cocktail made with grapefruit juice, lime juice, salted sage syrup, soda water, and sage leaves

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