Mexican Flag Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:40

Created by

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 Mexican Flag cocktail is a layered shot that represents the colors of the Mexican flag: green, white, and red. It's a popular choice for Cinco de Mayo celebrations and any occasion where a bit of Mexican pride is in order. This cocktail is a favorite among tequila lovers and those who enjoy a bit of a kick in their drink.

How Mexican Flag Tastes?

The Mexican Flag is a layered cocktail with a complex taste profile. The lime juice provides a tangy sourness, the tequila gives a strong alcoholic kick, and the grenadine adds a sweet and fruity finish.

Interesting facts about Mexican Flag

  • The Mexican Flag cocktail is often served in a shot glass to showcase its beautiful layers.
  • The cocktail is named after the Mexican flag because of its green, white, and red layers.
  • Despite its name, the Mexican Flag cocktail is not a traditional Mexican drink, but rather a creation of modern mixology.


Lime Juice

Lime juice is the zesty superhero of the cocktail world! It brings a zing that basically screams 'I'm fresh!' If you skip it, you'll miss the tang that forms the foundation of the Mexican Flag’s flavor profile. Go too heavy, and your drink might pucker up more than your Aunt Ethel saying goodbye at the family reunion. If tequila's the life of the party, lime juice is the soundtrack!

Mary Mitkina


Ah, tequila—the heart and soul of our Mexican Flag. It adds the characteristic warmth and a 'kick' that can turn a basic layer into a fiesta. Lack of it, and your drink is as exciting as a siesta in a library. More than needed, and we're entering 'my ex at a wedding reception' levels of overbearing. Remember, moderation is key! A substitute? Try mezcal for a smokier version.

Mary Mitkina


Grenadine is the sweet lullaby in this trio. It's the reason your taste buds might think they've landed in a candy shop without it being overly cloying. Without this syrupy serenade, the drink loses its balance—and let's be real, we've all seen someone topple over without proper support. Overdo it? Your cocktail will be dressed in a sugary coat, hiding the other flavors as if they were on a covert mission. Light and sweet—like that first date blush.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Mexican Flag Drink

  1. Pour the lime juice into a shot glass.
  2. Carefully layer the tequila over the lime juice.
  3. Slowly pour the grenadine over the back of a spoon to create the final layer.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Pro Tips

  • To create the perfect layers, pour each ingredient slowly over the back of a spoon.
  • Chill the ingredients before making the cocktail to enhance the flavors.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

The Mexican Flag cocktail's vibrant layers mirror the colors of the Mexican flag, and its flavors complement a variety of dishes:

  • Tacos al Pastor: The citrus from the lime juice cuts through the fatty pork, while the sweetness of the grenadine pairs nicely with the pineapple often used in this dish.
  • Ceviche: A seafood dish with a zesty lime marinade that echoes the tang in the cocktail.
  • Guacamole with Tortilla Chips: The creamy texture of the avocado is a great backdrop for the sharpness of the lime and the tequila's warmth.

Drink Pairings

  • Mexican Beer: A lager can complement the cocktail without overpowering its flavors.
  • Agua Fresca: Flavors like hibiscus or tamarind can provide a non-alcoholic refreshment that cleanses the palate between sips of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Mexican Flag

If you don't have grenadine, you can substitute it with a red fruit syrup. If you prefer a non-alcoholic version, you can replace the tequila with a white grape juice.

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Spicy Mexican Flag

  • Ingredients: Swap out classic tequila with a chili-infused tequila. Add a small pinch of salt.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe but use the chili-infused tequila. After layering the cocktail, sprinkle a pinch of salt on top.
  • Tasting Notes: The chili gives it a bold kick that'll have you feeling like you're at a beach bonfire, with waves of heat followed by the soothing grenadine. It’s a little like love—intense with a sweet finish.

Mezcal Mexican Flag

  • Ingredients: Replace tequila with mezcal, and add a dash of orange liqueur.
  • Recipe: Start with lime juice, carefully layer mezcal over it, then add the orange liqueur before finishing with grenadine.
  • Tasting Notes: Smokier than a campfire tale, mezcal brings a mysterious depth that's complemented by a hint of citrusy sweetness. It's for when you want to sip on a story.

Fruit Fiesta Flag

  • Ingredients: Add a layer of mango puree between the lime juice and tequila. Substitute grenadine with raspberry syrup.
  • Recipe: Begin with lime juice, add a layer of mango puree, then tequila, and finally top with raspberry syrup.
  • Tasting Notes: This twist is a tropical roller coaster for your mouth. You'll dive through a mango waterfall and rise through a cloud of raspberries. Buckle up, flavor adventurers!

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Frequently Asked Questions on Mexican Flag

Is there a specific type of tequila recommended for this recipe?

While the specific type of tequila isn't mentioned in the recipe, high-quality tequilas, particularly reposado or blanco, are typically recommended for cocktails.

Why is the drink served in a shot glass instead of a regular glass?

Using a shot glass allows for the layering effect of the different ingredients which represent the layers of the Mexican flag.

What food pairings work well with the Mexican Flag cocktail?

Spicy dishes, particularly Mexican appetizers like nachos or tacos, complements the complex taste of the cocktail.

What other cocktails can I make with these ingredients?

The ingredients in a Mexican Flag cocktail are quite versatile. Other drinks you can make include the Tequila Sunrise and the Margarita.

Can I pre-make a batch of these for a party?

Yes, you can. However, it's recommended to layer the drinks right before serving to maintain the visual appeal.

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