Bandera Recipe

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Alcohol %:40

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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.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Bandera cocktail, also known as the Mexican Flag, is a popular drink in Mexico, especially during national celebrations. The cocktail's name, 'Bandera', translates to 'flag' in Spanish, and it's named after the Mexican flag's colors - green, white, and red. This cocktail is typically enjoyed as a toast to Mexico's independence and is a favorite among tequila lovers.

How Bandera Tastes?

The Bandera cocktail offers a unique blend of flavors. The lime juice provides a tangy, citrusy note, the tequila gives a strong, earthy kick, and the sangrita brings a spicy, sweet, and slightly sour finish.

Interesting facts about Bandera

  • The Bandera cocktail is often served in a specific order: lime juice, tequila, and sangrita, representing the colors of the Mexican flag.
  • The cocktail is traditionally consumed by sipping each ingredient in turn, not mixed together.
  • The Bandera is often accompanied by a side of salt, which can be licked before each sip to enhance the flavors.


Lime Juice:

Lime juice provides the tart and zesty foundation of the Bandera shot, representing the green in the Mexican flag. The 1oz measure balances the drink without overpowering it; too much could make it too sour. If omitted, you'll miss the crucial 'green' both literally and flavor-wise. A potential alternative could be lemon juice, offering a little more sweetness.

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Tequila, the heart of this shot, stands for purity and tradition, akin to the white in the flag. The 1oz portion keeps it smooth and potent. Using less would weaken the intended spirit-forward profile; using more could be overpowering. Swapping for Mezcal would bring in a smokier note.

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The sangrita, vibrant and spicy, signifies the red of the flag, and rounds out the trio with its savory and slightly spicy character. The equal 1oz ensures a balanced trio; removing it would strip away the shot's complexity. An alternative could be a tomato juice blend with hot sauce, but that would alter its trademark spiced fruitiness.

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Recipe. How to make Bandera Drink

  1. Pour 1oz of lime juice into a shot glass.
  2. In a separate shot glass, pour 1oz of tequila.
  3. In a third shot glass, pour 1oz of sangrita.
  4. Arrange the glasses in the order of the Mexican flag: green (lime juice), white (tequila), and red (sangrita).
  5. Enjoy each shot separately, sipping in order.

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality tequila for the best taste.
  • Chill the ingredients before serving for a refreshing experience.
  • The order of sipping is crucial: start with the lime juice to prepare your palate, follow with the tequila, and finish with the sangrita to cleanse your palate.

Perfect Pairings


  • Chips and Salsa: The crispiness of the chips and the spiciness of salsa complement the sharpness of the lime juice and the sangrita.
  • Ceviche: The citrus in the ceviche harmonizes with the lime juice, while the seafood pairs nicely with the clean taste of tequila.
  • Grilled meats: Whether it's chicken, beef, or pork, the charred flavor of grilled meats stands up well to the robust flavor profile of the Bandera shot.


  • Mexican Beer: A light Mexican lager can be a refreshing follow-up to cleanse the palate after the intensity of the shots.
  • Agua Fresca: Non-alcoholic and refreshing, agua fresca helps to soothe the palate between the sips of the shot.

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What you could change in Bandera

If you can't find sangrita, you can substitute it with a mix of orange juice, grenadine, and hot sauce. For a non-alcoholic version, replace tequila with a white grape juice.

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Cilantro Infusion:

  1. Infuse tequila with fresh cilantro for 24 hours, strain.
  2. Use this cilantro tequila in place of regular tequila.
  3. The herby freshness of cilantro infuses a new dimension and pairs well with the traditional Mexican flavors.

Spicy Sangrita:

  1. Add a few slices of jalapeño or a dash of hot sauce to your sangrita.
  2. Use this spicy sangrita in the Bandera shot.
  3. The added heat provides an extra kick, enhancing the profile for those who love a challenge.

Tropical Bandera:

  1. Substitute lime juice with pineapple juice.
  2. Add a splash of coconut cream to the tequila.
  3. Keep sangrita the same or add mango juice for a tropical twist.
  4. This variation offers a sweet, island twist to the traditional Mexican shot, reminiscent of a tropical escape.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Bandera

Why is the cocktail named 'Bandera'?

The cocktail is named 'Bandera' which translates to 'flag' in Spanish due to its representation of the colors of the Mexican flag: green, white, and red.

Is the Bandera cocktail only consumed during Mexico's Independence Day celebrations?

While it is popular during national celebrations such as Independence Day, the Bandera cocktail can be enjoyed at any time.

Is it necessary to sip each ingredient separately in the Bandera cocktail?

Yes, sipping each ingredient separately in its respective order is the traditional way to consume the Bandera cocktail as it allows for individual appreciation of each flavor.

Can other types of alcohol be used as substitution for tequila in the Bandera cocktail?

The use of other types of alcohol may alter the traditional taste and representation of the cocktail. It is recommendable to use tequila to retain the originality of the Bandera cocktail.

Is there a vegan version of the Bandera cocktail?

Yes, the Bandera cocktail is naturally vegan. It contains only lime juice, tequila and sangrita, none of which contain animal products.

What is the ideal setting or context to enjoy a Bandera cocktail?

As a festive and patriotic cocktail, a Bandera can be enjoyed in social gatherings or Mexican themed parties. Of course, it can be savored anytime one wishes to enjoy a classic Mexican drink.

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