Aztec Gold Cocktail Recipe

Aztec Gold Nutrition Facts






Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

August 9, 2023


The Aztec Gold cocktail is inspired by the ancient Aztec civilization, which was known for its love of gold and intricate craftsmanship. This cocktail is perfect for those who appreciate history and enjoy a unique and complex flavor profile.

  • The Aztecs were known for their love of gold and intricate craftsmanship
  • This cocktail pays homage to their rich history and culture
  • Ideal for history enthusiasts and those who enjoy a unique and complex flavor profile

How Aztec Gold Tastes?

The Aztec Gold cocktail is a harmonious blend of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. The sweetness of the honey and the tartness of the lime juice are perfectly balanced by the warmth of the tequila and the heat of the chili pepper. The result is a bold, invigorating, and unforgettable taste experience.

Interesting facts about Aztec Gold

  • The Aztec Gold cocktail is named after the precious metal that the Aztecs held in high regard
  • The combination of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors is inspired by the diverse and rich culinary traditions of the Aztec civilization
  • The use of chili pepper in the cocktail is a nod to the Aztecs' love for spicy foods


Recipe. How to make Aztec Gold Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the chili pepper to release its flavors
  2. Add the tequila, honey, lime juice, and agave syrup to the shaker
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled glass filled with fresh ice
  5. Garnish with a chili pepper and an orange wheel

Pro Tips

  • Muddle the chili pepper well to extract maximum flavor
  • Shake the cocktail vigorously to ensure all ingredients are well mixed
  • Chill the glass before serving to enhance the taste

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What you could change in Aztec Gold

  • Tequila: Can be replaced with Mezcal for a smokier flavor
  • Honey: Agave nectar can be used as a vegan alternative
  • Chili pepper: A dash of hot sauce can be used for a similar kick

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Frequently Asked Questions on Aztec Gold

Can you recommend other cocktails that incorporate chili pepper for the spice lovers?

Yes, certainly! Some other cocktails that use chili pepper are the Chili Margarita, the Spicy Pina Colada, or the Chili Mojito.

What is the main difference between tequila and mezcal?

While both spirits come from the agave plant, the process of obtaining them is different. Tequila is typically produced only from the blue agave, while mezcal can come from many types of agave. Mezcal often has a unique, smoky flavor due to the way the agave hearts are traditionally roasted in pits.

Can Aztec Gold cocktail be prepared in larger quantities for parties?

Yes, you can pre-batch the drink according to the number of guests. Just multiply the ingredient quantities by the number of cocktails you plan to serve. However, add the chili peppers carefully to maintain the balance of flavors.

What are some foods that pair well with the Aztec Gold cocktail?

Aztec Gold cocktail pairs well with spicy Mexican foods like quesadillas, salsa and chips, grilled prawns, or even a juicy steak. It also goes well with tangy, citrus-heavy dishes to complement the lime in the cocktail.

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Extra information to help you make Aztec Gold

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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