Mexican Firing Squad Cocktail

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Mexican firing squad with lime and grenadine with spicy rim from above

Be the talk of the town with this zingy Mexican Firing Squad cocktail. With bonafide Mexican origins, this tequila cocktail celebrates the vibrancy of Mexico City through zesty Grenadine, lime juice and aged-to-perfection reposado tequila. Also known as the Mexican Death Squad cocktail, this drink is guaranteed to kickstart any party with a bang. Sip slowly and savour it. 



Don’t be scared off by the name, it’s strong but delicious, a tart and slightly sweet too


When it comes to juice, fresh is best!


For best results serve it in an icy cold glass



1 Person

60 Ml

2 Oz

2 Parts

22.5 Ml

0.75 Oz

0.75 Parts

22.5 Ml

0.75 Oz

0.75 Parts

Lime juice, freshly squeezed
A few dashes of aromatic bitters
A slice of lime, to garnish



Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker (or Mason jar)


Fill with ice and shake well until chilled


Strain over ice


Garnish with a slice of lime

The best Mexican Firing Squad cocktail recipe

This feisty Mexican classic cocktail is so easy to make at home in a shaker or mason jar. It calls for a good measure of quality tequila, we suggest Espolòn Tequila Reposado with a splash of vibrant fresh lime, sweet grenadine, and a few drops of spiced cherry-coloured bitters to give you a fruity finish. Serve it Mexico-style, in a chilled tall collins glass with crushed ice and a lime wedge to garnish.

Why is it called a Mexican Firing Squad?

World traveller and cocktail writer Charles H. Baker, who famously wrote “The Gentlemans’ Companion”, discovered the drink back in 1937 while exploring Mexico. On a humid night out in Mexico City, he found himself in a bar called La Cucaracha, and here is where the Mexican Firing Squad originates. The story goes that Baker ‘almost became wrecked upon’ this fabulous drink and he recorded the recipe in his book, putting it on the map.

Why you’ll love the Mexican Firing Squad cocktail

Just like Baker, this drink is for those who want to have fun. Ditch the dull cocktails and get the conversation flowing with a Mexican Firing Squad drink at your next Mexican-themed gathering. This cocktail is tart and striking, sweetened slightly with grenadine and the caramel notes of the aged tequila. It’s definitely for those who like strong-tasting drinks! It’s also so easy to prepare and the ingredients are easy to find.

The Mexican Firing Squad makes a perfect cocktail to serve with moreish bowls of bright green guacamole, spicy tacos, and all your favourite Mexican snacks. Let the fiesta begin!

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