Green Mexican 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 Green Mexican cocktail is a vibrant and refreshing drink that has gained popularity in bars that love to serve a twist on classic tequila shots. Its origin is a bit of a mystery, but it's believed to have been concocted by creative bartenders looking to add a tropical flair to their menu.

  • Who Would Like It?
    • Tequila enthusiasts
    • Fans of tropical flavors
    • Those who enjoy layered shots
    • Adventurous drinkers

How Green Mexican Tastes?

The Green Mexican cocktail is a harmonious blend of sweet and sour with a robust tequila backbone. The tropical notes of the Pisang Ambon liqueur provide a sweet, banana-like flavor that is perfectly balanced by the tartness of the lemon juice, while the tequila adds a warm, earthy kick.

Interesting facts about Green Mexican

  • The Pisang Ambon liqueur used in the Green Mexican is a bright green, banana-flavored liqueur from the Netherlands.
  • Despite its tropical flavor, the Green Mexican is not traditionally associated with Mexican cuisine or cocktail culture.
  • The layered presentation of the Green Mexican makes it as much a visual treat as it is a delightful sip.


  • Pisang ambon: 0.67 oz(20ml)
  • Lemon juice: 0.33 oz(10ml)
  • Tequila blanco: 0.67 oz(20ml)

Pisang Ambon

Pisang Ambon adds a lush, tropical fruitiness to the mix. This banana-flavored liqueur with its bright green hue tints our shot with the colors of the jungle! Too much and you’ll overshoot the runway into too-sweet territory; too little and you might miss the jungle completely. Want to swing from a different tree? Try substituting Midori for a melon twist, but beware, you're changing the rainforest for a fruit basket.

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Lemon Juice

Fresh lemon juice provides a zesty sour punch, cutting through the sweetness of the Pisang Ambon and standing up to the boldness of the Tequila. Adjusting this citric component could tip your cocktail from sassy to sourpuss. If you've run out of lemons, limes are an amicable understudy, though they bring a slightly different tang.

Emma Rose

Tequila Blanco

The zest of unaged Tequila Blanco gives the cocktail its backbone. It's the fiery spirit of the party—literally. Dial down the tequila and you might have a wallflower on your hands; too much and it'll dominate the dance floor. If you're feeling adventurous, a switch to Mezcal could smoke things up, adding a hint of mystery to your shot.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Green Mexican Drink

  1. Layer the Ingredients
    • Pour 20ml of Pisang Ambon into a shot glass.
    • Carefully add 10ml of lemon juice to create the second layer.
    • Top with 20ml of Tequila Blanco as the final layer.
  2. Serve Immediately
    • Serve the shot as soon as it's prepared to maintain the distinct layers.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the shot glass before layering to help maintain the layers.
  • Use the back of a spoon to pour the ingredients slowly and create clean layers.
  • Serve with a small spoon or stirrer for guests to mix the layers if they prefer.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Mexican Cuisine: The citrusy kick from the lemon juice complements dishes like tacos, especially fish tacos, and ceviche.
  • Salty Snacks: Pair this shot with salted nuts or pretzels to balance the sweet and sour notes.
  • Spicy Foods: The bite of tequila can stand up to spicy dishes, offering a refreshing respite. Try it with spicy wings or a hot sauce-drenched burrito.

Drink Pairings

  • Cold Beer Chaser: A light, crisp beer like a lager can be a refreshing follow-up to the shot.
  • Margarita: After the Green Mexican shot, a classic Margarita can keep the tequila theme going, for those who want to stay on-theme.
  • Agua Fresca: A non-alcoholic option like a fruity agua fresca can cleanse the palate and prepare you for the next round.

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What you could change in Green Mexican

  • Pisang Ambon: Can be substituted with Midori for a melon twist.
  • Tequila Blanco: A reposado tequila can be used for a smoother taste.

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And of course - twists🍹

Green Mexican with a Fruity Twist

  • Replace Pisang Ambon with Midori to add a melon profile.
  • Follow the same layering method in the original recipe. This twist brings a fresh melon breeze that will remind you of a sunny day on the beach, while keeping the tequila punch.

Spicy Green Mexican

  • Add a few drops of hot sauce to the tequila before layering.
  • Layer the drinks carefully to maintain the visual appeal. The added heat will create a fiery dance with the tequila, turning your shot into a bold adventure.

Smoky Green Mexican

  • Substitute Tequila Blanco with Mezcal.
  • Maintain the same ratios and layering technique. The smoky notes of Mezcal will weave through the tropical and citrus flavors, adding depth and a mysterious edge to your shot.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Green Mexican

What type of glass is best suited for serving the Green Mexican cocktail?

The Green Mexican cocktail is traditionally served in a shot glass to showcase its layered presentation.

Can I shake the Green Mexican ingredients instead of layering them?

While you can shake the ingredients together, doing so would alter the intended visual appeal and possibly the tasting experience designed for this cocktail.

Is the Green Mexican cocktail suitable for batch preparation?

Batch preparation is not ideal for the Green Mexican as it is best enjoyed freshly layered to maintain the distinct appearance and flavor profiles.

What is the best method to layer liquids in a cocktail?

The best method to layer liquids is to pour them slowly over a spoon or directly onto the side of the glass to prevent mixing. The liquids should be poured based on their densities to achieve distinct layers.

How do I know if a tequila is a blanco or a reposado?

Blanco tequila, also known as silver tequila, is typically clear and unaged, while reposado tequila has a golden hue due to aging in oak barrels for two months to a year.

What food pairs well with the Green Mexican cocktail?

The Green Mexican pairs well with light appetizers such as ceviche, guacamole, or tropical fruit-based snacks that complement its sweet and sour tropical notes.

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