Matador 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 Matador is a classic cocktail that is believed to have originated in Mexico. It's a tequila-based cocktail that is often served as an aperitif. The cocktail is named after the Spanish word for 'bullfighter', which is fitting considering its strong and bold flavor profile. This cocktail is perfect for those who appreciate the distinct taste of tequila and enjoy a hint of sweetness and sourness in their drinks.

How Matador Tastes?

The Matador is a well-balanced cocktail with a strong tequila base. It has a sweet and sour taste, thanks to the pineapple juice and lime juice. The Grand Marnier adds a hint of bitterness and complexity to the drink.

Interesting facts about Matador

  • The Matador is often served in a chilled cocktail glass, but it can also be served in a highball glass over ice.
  • Despite its strong flavor, the Matador is a relatively light cocktail in terms of alcohol content.
  • The Matador is sometimes garnished with a lime wheel or a pineapple wedge for an extra touch of flavor and presentation.


  • Tequila: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Pineapple juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Lime juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Grand marnier: 0.5 oz(15ml)

Tequila (2 oz)

Tequila is the spirit base of the Matador, providing a robust, earthy foundation. Using 2 oz is perfect for balancing the boldness of the alcohol with the fruitiness of the mixers. Less would make it too mild, more could overpower. If you swap for mezcal, you'll add a smoky touch that some may enjoy.

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Pineapple Juice (1 oz)

This tropical juice lends a sweet tang that's crucial for the Matador's punchy profile. It softens the tequila's bite. Without it, the drink loses its fruity character. Substitute with mango juice for a different tropical spin.

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Lime Juice (1 oz)

The sharpness of the lime juice cuts through the sweetness and adds a refreshing zestiness. It also helps to blend the flavors harmoniously. Leaving it out would make a flatter cocktail. Try lemon juice for a slightly different type of citrus zing.

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Grand Marnier (0.5 oz)

Grand Marnier adds a luxurious orange flavor and a hint of sweetness. At half an ounce, it doesn't overpower but rather complements the tequila. Without Grand Marnier, the drink would miss its subtle complexity. Cointreau could be an alternative for a brighter orange essence.

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Recipe. How to make Matador Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice, and Grand Marnier.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel or a pineapple wedge.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill your cocktail glass beforehand for a colder, more refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Ceviche: The citrus notes of the Matador complement the acidity in ceviche.
  • Grilled Shrimp: The sweetness of the pineapple juice pairs well with seafood.

Main Course

  • Chicken Tacos: The tequila and lime juice bring out the flavors in Mexican dishes.
  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches: The acidity of the cocktail cuts through the richness of the pork.


  • Tropical Fruit Salad: To echo the pineapple element in the Matador.
  • Lemon Sorbet: For a refreshing balance with the citrus notes in the cocktail.

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What you could change in Matador

  • If you don't have Grand Marnier, you can substitute it with another orange liqueur like Cointreau or Triple Sec.
  • If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, you can add a splash of simple syrup.

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Spicy Matador

  • Ingredients: 2 oz Tequila, 1 oz Pineapple Juice, 1 oz Lime Juice, 0.5 oz Grand Marnier, a slice of jalapeño
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe but muddle a slice of jalapeño in the shaker before adding ice.
  • Description: This twist adds a spicy kick that contrasts with the drink's sweetness. Great for those who like a bit of heat with their sweetness.

Matador Frozen

  • Ingredients: 2 oz Tequila, 1 oz Pineapple Juice, 1 oz Lime Juice, 0.5 oz Grand Marnier, Ice cubes
  • Recipe: Blend all the ingredients with ice until smooth.
  • Description: A frozen version of the Matador, perfect for hot days. The texture and temperature change makes it extra refreshing.

Matador Royale

  • Ingredients: 2 oz Tequila, 1 oz Pineapple Juice, 1 oz Lime Juice, 0.5 oz Grand Marnier, Sparkling wine
  • Recipe: Shake the first four ingredients and strain into a glass, then top with sparkling wine.
  • Description: By topping with sparkling wine, you add effervescence and a touch of dryness to the cocktail, making it slightly more sophisticated.

In case you forgot basics how to make Matador

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 Matador

Is the Matador cocktail suitable for guests who don't regularly consume alcohol?

While this cocktail is relatively light in terms of alcohol content, it's still a strong drink because of the tequila. It may not be suitable for guests who don't regularly consume alcohol.

Is Matador a popular cocktail worldwide?

Yes, the Matador is a classic cocktail recognized by the International Bartenders Association and enjoyed in many countries. However, its popularity may vary region by region.

Why is the cocktail named Matador?

The cocktail is believed to have originated in Mexico and it is named after the Spanish word for 'bullfighter'. Its strong and bold flavors are a fitting reflection of the intensity of a bullfight.

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

Yes, a non-alcoholic or 'mocktail' version can be made by using non-alcoholic substitutes for tequila and Grand Marnier. A mix of pineapple and lime juices with some orange extract could mimic the flavors.

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