Chupacabra 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 7, 2024


The Chupacabra cocktail is a relatively modern concoction, named after the mythical creature from Latin American folklore. The cocktail is as elusive and mysterious as its namesake, with a unique blend of flavors that are sure to intrigue the adventurous drinker. It's perfect for those who enjoy exploring new and exciting cocktails.

How Chupacabra Tastes?

The Chupacabra cocktail is a complex blend of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. The sweetness of the pineapple juice is balanced by the tartness of the lime juice, while the tequila and jalapeno add a spicy kick. The result is a cocktail that is both refreshing and invigorating.

Interesting facts about Chupacabra

  • The Chupacabra cocktail is named after a mythical creature from Latin American folklore, known for its habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock.
  • Despite its fearsome name, the Chupacabra cocktail is a refreshing and flavorful drink.
  • The cocktail's unique blend of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors makes it a popular choice for adventurous drinkers.



  • The backbone of the Chupacabra, 2oz Tequila provides a robust agave flavor. Too little, and the drink loses its spirit, too much, and the monster comes out to overwhelm the other flavors.

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Pineapple Juice

  • With 1oz Pineapple Juice, we're adding tropical sweetness that complements the tequila, making it less like a punch in the face and more like a sweet whisper from an enchanting creature. If you skip it, you'll miss the harmony.

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Lime Juice

  • 1oz Lime Juice brings balance with its zest, keeping the cocktail from becoming a sugar fest. Without it, your cocktail is like a dance floor without music—just wrong.

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Simple Syrup

  • A hint of 1/2oz Simple Syrup gives a slight nectarous note, without which the drink could be a tad bitter, like the Chupacabra's alleged temper.

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  • A slice of Jalapeño turns up the heat and intrigue. Without it, the cocktail's bite doesn't quite match its bark.

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Pineapple Wedge

  • Garnishing with a Pineapple Wedge is like giving the Chupacabra a smile—delightful. It also adds a touch of additional sweetness and presentation flair.

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Pineapple Leaf

  • The Pineapple Leaf garnish is your eco-friendly umbrella, which not only looks fresh but signals you're about to drink something exotic.

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Recipe. How to make Chupacabra Drink

  1. Muddle the jalapeno slice in a shaker.
  2. Add the tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a pineapple leaf.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Be careful when handling jalapenos, as they can irritate your skin and eyes.
  • For a sweeter cocktail, you can add more simple syrup.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Tacos de Pescado: The acidity and sweetness from the cocktail blend elegantly with the savory flavors of grilled fish tacos.
  • Ceviche: A citrusy and spicy cocktail like Chupacabra complements the fresh, zesty flavors of ceviche.
  • Grilled Chicken or Shrimp: The smoky spice of the jalapeño in the drink is a perfect match with grilled meats and shellfish.

Drink Pairings

  • Cold Mexican Beer: To alternate between sips of a cold, crisp beer and the refreshing heat of the Chupacabra cocktail can be a delightful experience.
  • Mezcal Margarita: For those who love agave spirits, pairing with a smokier margarita can provide an interesting variation of flavors.
  • Agua Fresca: A non-alcoholic fruity beverage between Chupacabras will cleanse the palate.

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What you could change in Chupacabra

  • Tequila can be replaced with Mezcal for a smokier flavor.
  • If you don't have pineapple juice, you can use orange juice instead.
  • If you prefer a less spicy cocktail, you can omit the jalapeno.

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Smoky Chupacabra

  • Substitute Tequila for Mezcal: Adding 2oz of Mezcal instead of Tequila would introduce a smoky flavor, making it feel like you've captured the Chupacabra near a bonfire.
  • Garnish with a Grilled Pineapple Wedge: Enhance the smoky theme with a charred pineapple garnish.

Berry Chupacabra

  • Add Berry Puree: Incorporating 1/2oz of raspberry or blackberry puree will create a berry twist, creating a drink with a darker, mysterious side akin to the creature itself.
  • Use Basil instead of Jalapeño: A basil leaf will give a fresh, herbal contrast to the berry's sweetness.

Green Chupacabra

  • Add Cucumber: Muddling a few slices of cucumber with the jalapeño will add a refreshing coolness to the cocktail, transforming the Chupacabra into a more soothing myth.
  • Splash of Soda Water: Top with soda to lighten the density and create a sparkly effect as if experiencing the Chupacabra in a starlit forest.

In case you forgot basics how to make Chupacabra

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions on Chupacabra

What is the best time to enjoy a Chupacabra cocktail?

Due to its refreshing and sweet flavor, the Chupacabra cocktail is typically enjoyed on warm summer evenings or at daytime pool parties and barbeques. However, you can enjoy it any time you want a tropical, spicy kick.

What type of tequila is recommended for a Chupacabra cocktail?

Using a good quality silver or blanco tequila is recommended as it delivers a clean, bright flavour that doesn't overpower the pineapple and lime in the cocktail.

Are there any variations to how the Chupacabra cocktail can be presented?

While the traditional method of serving a Chupacabra cocktail is in a tall glass garnished with a pineapple wedge and leaf, you can also serve this drink in a tiki mug for a more festive presentation. Alternatively, you could serve it in a Margarita glass rimmed with coarse salt or chili powder for a twist.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Chupacabra cocktail?

Yes, you can make a mocktail version of the Chupacabra by substituting the tequila with a non-alcoholic alternative, like a tequila-flavored syrup or sparkling water for the fizz. Also, remove the jalapeno if you don't want it spicy.

What other dishes pair well with the Chupacabra cocktail?

The combination of pineapple, lime, and jalapeno in the Chupacabra cocktail pairs well with grilled meats and fish, Mexican dishes like tacos and ceviche, or tropical dishes like Hawaiian pizza and jerk chicken.

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