High Noon Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20%

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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 High Noon cocktail is a classic drink that has been enjoyed by many over the years. It's a simple, yet refreshing cocktail that is perfect for those hot summer days. The cocktail is named after the famous Western film, 'High Noon', which was released in 1952. This cocktail is a favorite among those who enjoy a refreshing, citrusy drink with a kick of tequila.

  • Who would like it?

    • Fans of citrus-based cocktails
    • Tequila lovers
    • Those who enjoy a refreshing, light drink

How High Noon Tastes?

The High Noon cocktail is a refreshing, citrusy drink with a kick of tequila. It's light, tangy, and slightly sweet, with the tequila providing a smooth, warm finish. The fresh lime juice adds a zesty tang, while the grapefruit juice gives it a slightly bitter, yet sweet undertone.

Interesting facts about High Noon

  • The High Noon cocktail is named after the famous Western film, 'High Noon', which was released in 1952.
  • It's a refreshing, citrusy drink with a kick of tequila.
  • This cocktail is a favorite among those who enjoy a refreshing, light drink.


Tequila (2 oz)

The star of the show, tequila brings a spicy, earthy base that stands up to the bold flavors of citrus. 2 oz is just enough to assert its presence without knocking your sombrero off. Use more, and you risk overshadowing other flavors; use less, and the cocktail may become too tame. A fine substitute could be mezcal, which would add a smoky twist to the drink.

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Fresh Lime Juice (1 oz)

Squeezing in the zest! Fresh lime juice adds brightness and tanginess that's essential for cutting through the tequila's robustness. It's like a refreshing splash in a pool on a hot day. Without it, your High Noon could become a low point of the evening. No lime juice? Try lemon juice, though it's like kissing your sibling – similar but just not quite right.

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Grapefruit Juice (1 oz)

Bitter, tart, yet subtly sweet, grapefruit juice brings a complexity that's hard to rival. It offers a zing that wakes up the palate, balancing the sweetness of the syrup and the kick of tequila. Skip it, and you'll lose a layer of sophistication. A dash of orange juice could sub in, bringing a friendlier sweetness to the matinee.

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Simple Syrup (0.5 oz)

This sweet little thing is the peacemaker, smoothing over any tensions between the tart and the strong. It's like the sugar in your coffee – without it, the bitterness might be too much. Too much could lead to a cloying stickiness, while too little could leave the cocktail bracingly tart. Honey syrup could also sweeten the deal but would add a more floral note.

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Ice Cubes

They're not just to chill; they're an integral part of the texture, diluting your cocktail just enough to mellow flavors and make it sippable. Without them, you might as well be drinking in the desert at high noon. No ice? Brace yourself for a harsh ride.

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Grapefruit Slice (Garnish)

The finishing touch, this sliver of citrus isn't just for looks. It adds a hint of aroma and flair that suggests, 'Hey, I’m more sophisticated than your average drink.' Omit it, and nobody will call the garnish police, but you'll miss out on that essential 'gram-worthy look. Try a lime wheel or a sprig of mint for a different style of pizzazz.

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Recipe. How to make High Noon Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add 2 oz of tequila, 1 oz of fresh lime juice, 1 oz of grapefruit juice, and 0.5 oz of simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice cubes.
  5. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime and grapefruit juice for the best flavor.
  • Shake the cocktail until the shaker becomes frosty to ensure it's well mixed and chilled.
  • Garnish with a slice of grapefruit for an extra citrusy kick.

Perfect Pairings


  • Ceviche — The zesty, fresh flavors of the ceviche will complement the citrus notes of the High Noon cocktail.
  • Chips & Salsa — A classic pairing with any tequila-based drink, the saltiness of the chips and the heat from the salsa will balance nicely with the sweet and sour profile of the cocktail.


  • Grilled Shrimp — The smokiness from the grill and the natural sweetness of shrimp pair wonderfully with the crisp, refreshing notes of the High Noon.
  • Fish Tacos — Especially if they're topped with a fruity salsa, fish tacos can enhance the tropical vibe of the cocktail.


  • Lemon Sorbet — A light, refreshing sorbet will cleanse the palate without overpowering the refreshing and bright qualities of the High Noon.

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What you could change in High Noon

  • Tequila can be substituted with mezcal for a smoky flavor.
  • Fresh lime juice can be substituted with lemon juice.
  • Grapefruit juice can be substituted with orange juice for a sweeter taste.

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Spicy Sunrise

  • Substitute tequila with a chili-infused tequila for a fiery kick.
  • Follow the original recipe, but use the spicy tequila.
  • The addition of the chili will give a warming sensation, perfect for those who like a bit of heat with their sweet.

Sunset Boulevard

  • Add a splash of grenadine to create a layered sunset effect in the glass.
  • Layer the grenadine at the bottom of the glass before adding the ice and strained cocktail mixture.
  • Grenadine will sweeten the deal and add a rosy glow that’s as pleasurable to the eyes as it is to the palate.

Midnight Moon

  • Add a float of blue curaçao on top to transform it into a night-themed cocktail.
  • After pouring the cocktail into the glass, gently pour blue curaçao over the back of a spoon to create the float.
  • The cocktail will have an intriguing tropical twist with the sweet, orange-flavored note of blue curaçao adding a mysterious allure.

In case you forgot basics how to make High Noon

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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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 High Noon

Is High Noon an official name for this cocktail?

Yes, High Noon is the name of this cocktail and it's named after a classic Western film.

Does High Noon count as a classic cocktail?

Yes, it is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed over the years.

What type of tequila is best to use for this cocktail?

Premium tequilas are recommended for this cocktail, particularly blanco or reposado.

Can I use bottled lime and grapefruit juice?

For the best taste, it is recommended to use fresh lime and grapefruit juice.

Is High Noon a strong or a weak cocktail?

The High Noon cocktail has a moderate alcohol content. It's light and refreshing with a smooth, warm finish due to the tequila.

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