Bullfighter Cocktail Recipe

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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 16, 2024


The Bullfighter cocktail is a daring mix, reminiscent of the boldness of matadors in the ring. It's a modern concoction that appeals to those who appreciate a strong tequila base with a sweet and fruity twist.

  • Origin: While its exact origins are unclear, the Bullfighter is a part of the tequila cocktail family that has gained popularity in bars that favor innovative and bold flavors.
  • Popularity: This drink is often favored by those who enjoy a robust tequila presence in their cocktails, balanced by the apricot's sweetness.
  • Occasions: Perfect for a summer evening or a festive gathering where a spirited drink sets the mood.

How Bullfighter Tastes?

The Bullfighter cocktail offers a harmonious blend of sweet and sour with a robust kick from the gold tequila. The apricot liqueur adds a fruity sweetness that complements the sharpness of the lime juice, resulting in a well-rounded and invigorating drink.

Interesting facts about Bullfighter

  • The Bullfighter is a twist on classic tequila cocktails, adding a fruity dimension to the traditional sour profile.
  • Tequila, the primary spirit in this cocktail, is made from the blue agave plant, native to Mexico.
  • The cocktail's name, 'Bullfighter', evokes a sense of adventure and boldness, much like the profession it's named after.


  • Gold tequila: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Apricot liqueur: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Lime juice: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Lime wheel (for garnish): 0.15 oz(5ml)
  • Ice cubes: 11 oz(330ml)

Gold Tequila

  • Why 2 oz?: This is the backbone of the cocktail, providing a robust flavor and the right kick. If you use too much, the drink could be overpowering; too little, and it might lack character.
  • Enhancement: Tequila brings warmth and depth, with a slight sweet note depending on the aging. Without it, you just don't have a Bullfighter!
  • Alternatives: Try a blanco tequila for a sharper, more agave-forward flavor or a mezcal for smokiness.

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Apricot Liqueur

  • Why 1 oz?: It's the perfect amount to complement the tequila without overshadowing it. More could make the drink too sweet; less could render the apricot flavor too subtle.
  • Enhancement: The liqueur adds a fruity sweetness and complexity. It's the secret sauce that makes this cocktail unique.
  • Alternatives: Peach liqueur could work but expect a different stone fruit profile.

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Lime Juice

  • Why 0.5 oz?: This amount balances the sweetness of the liqueur and adds the necessary tartness. More could be too tart; less might not cut through the sweetness.
  • Enhancement: Lime juice brings freshness, acidity, and a zesty kick that brightens the cocktail.
  • Alternatives: Lemon juice could be used but offers a different kind of citrus note.

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Lime Wheel

  • For Garnish: The garnish isn't just for looks—though it does add charm—it also gives a hint of lime aroma every time you go for a sip.
  • Enhancement: The scent enhances the drinking experience, subtly contributing to the drink's overall flavor profile.
  • Alternatives: An orange or grapefruit twist can be used for a different citrus aroma.

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Ice Cubes

  • Why 11 oz?: It chills the drink to perfection without diluting it too quickly. Proportion is key: more ice can water it down, less might make the drink too warm.
  • Enhancement: Ice tempers the alcohol and allows the drink’s flavor to shine at the optimal temperature.
  • Alternatives: Crushed ice would chill the drink faster but also dilute it more quickly.

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Recipe. How to make Bullfighter Drink

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes to the top.
  2. In a shaker, combine 0.5 oz of lime juice, 1 oz of apricot liqueur, and 2 oz of gold tequila.
  3. Add ice cubes to the shaker and shake vigorously.
  4. Strain the mixture into the prepared rocks glass.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Pro Tips

  • For an extra cold cocktail, chill the rocks glass before serving.
  • When shaking the cocktail, make sure to shake vigorously for at least 10 seconds to properly mix and chill the ingredients.
  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor, as bottled lime juice can taste quite different from fresh.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Tapas: The savory and often salty flavors of tapas can balance the sweetness of the apricot liqueur and the acidity of the lime juice in the Bullfighter cocktail.
  • Grilled Seafood: The smoky flavors from the grill complement the gold tequila, while the citrus notes of the lime juice can enhance the seafood's natural flavors.
  • Spicy Dishes: Spicy Latin American or Asian cuisine can be a great match for the Bullfighter, as the cocktail's sweetness and acidity can tame the heat.

Drink Pairings

  • Chilled Beer: A light lager or pilsner can be a refreshing accompaniment, resetting the palate between sips of the cocktail.
  • Sparkling Water: For those who wish to stay hydrated and cleanse the palate while enjoying their cocktail, sparkling water is the ideal candidate.

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What you could change in Bullfighter

  • Tequila: If gold tequila is not available, a good quality blanco tequila can be used as a substitute, though it will slightly alter the flavor profile.
  • Apricot Liqueur: In the absence of apricot liqueur, peach liqueur can be a suitable alternative, offering a similar fruitiness with a slightly different taste.

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Smoky Bullfighter

  • Ingredients: Include mezcal instead of gold tequila.
  • Recipe: Follow the standard Bullfighter cocktail recipe, simply substituting the tequila with an equal amount of mezcal.
  • Flavor Change: This twist adds a smoky edge to the cocktail, making it a perfect match for those who enjoy the depth of flavor mezcal brings.
  • Why Make It?: For a robust flavor profile that's perfect for sipping alongside a campfire or at a BBQ.

Citrus Bullfighter

  • Ingredients: Use lemon juice instead of lime and add a splash of orange liqueur.
  • Recipe: Combine the tequila, apricot liqueur, and half the amount of lemon juice with a splash of orange liqueur; shake and serve.
  • Flavor Change: This version brightens the drink with a different citrus profile and a touch of complexity from the orange liqueur.
  • Why Make It?: For a refreshing twist that's a tad sweeter and great for a sunny day.

Herbal Bullfighter

  • Ingredients: Include a sprig of fresh thyme or rosemary in the shaker.
  • Recipe: Muddle the herb with the lime juice before adding the rest of the ingredients; shake well, strain, and garnish with the same herb.
  • Flavor Change: The addition of herbs imparts earthy and aromatic layers to the cocktail.
  • Why Make It?: If you're a fan of herbaceous cocktails and are looking for a garden-fresh sensation in your sip.

In case you forgot basics how to make Bullfighter

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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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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Frequently Asked Questions on Bullfighter

What type of glass is best for serving a Bullfighter cocktail?

A rocks glass is typically used for a Bullfighter cocktail, as it's ideal for drinks served on the ice and allows the drink's aroma to reach the nose effectively.

Can I substitute fresh lime juice with bottled ones?

While fresh lime juice is recommended for the best flavor, bottled lime juice can be used if fresh limes are not available. Be aware that the taste may slightly differ.

Is the Bullfighter cocktail suitable for a winter holiday party?

Traditionally seen as a summery drink due to its refreshing qualities, the Bullfighter can still be enjoyed at a winter holiday party, particularly if guests enjoy tequila-based cocktails.

What tequila is considered 'gold tequila'?

Gold tequila, also known as 'joven tequila,' is usually a blend of blanco (unaged) and reposado or añejo (aged) tequilas, and sometimes has caramel coloring added.

How can I ensure my cocktail is mixed well?

Shaking the cocktail vigorously for at least 10 seconds allows the ingredients to mix well and chill simultaneously. Make sure to use a shaker for this purpose.

Are there vegetarian or vegan food pairing options for the Bullfighter cocktail?

Yes, vegetarian or vegan tapas and spicy vegetable dishes can pair well with the Bullfighter cocktail, complementing both its robust and sweet flavors.

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