Mexican Lollipop 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 Mexican Lollipop is a fun and festive cocktail that originated in Mexico. It's a popular choice for celebrations and parties due to its sweet and spicy flavor profile. The cocktail gets its name from the popular Mexican candy that it's inspired by, which is a lollipop coated in chili powder. This cocktail is a hit among those who enjoy a bit of heat in their drinks.

How Mexican Lollipop Tastes?

The Mexican Lollipop is a tantalizing blend of sweet and spicy. The sweetness of the pineapple juice and grenadine is perfectly balanced by the heat of the chili powder and tequila. It's a bold, vibrant, and exciting cocktail that leaves a lingering spicy aftertaste.

Interesting facts about Mexican Lollipop

  • The Mexican Lollipop is inspired by a popular Mexican candy of the same name.
  • Despite its sweet name, this cocktail packs a spicy punch.
  • It's a popular choice for Cinco de Mayo celebrations.



Tequila is the spirit base of our Mexican Lollipop cocktail, providing a robust and earthy backbone. Using too much can overpower the other flavors, while too little might make the drink too sweet. If you skip it, well, that's not a Mexican Lollipop anymore, is it? For a different twist, you might choose Mezcal for a smokier flavor.

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Pineapple Juice

Adding both sweetness and acidity, pineapple juice is crucial for creating a tropical vibe. It balances the bite of the tequila and brings harmony between the spicy and sweet elements. Without enough, the cocktail may become too fiery; too much, and it'll be a pineapple punch. Mango juice could be an alternative for a less tangy sweetness.

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Grenadine lends a pop of color and a deep, sweet, pomegranate flavor that contrasts the heat of the chili powder. Just a little is needed; otherwise, it could become more of a kiddie drink than a Mexican Lollipop. No grenadine? Try a splash of raspberry syrup for a berry twist.

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Chili Powder

One pinch gives the cocktail its signature kick. Not for the faint of heart, but if you're hesitant to add the spice, the drink will miss its 'lollipop' edge. Don't have chili powder? A bit of hot sauce can do the trick, but be prepared for a liquid fiesta.

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Salt amplifies other flavors and adds a savory touch to the edge of your glass, creating a lip-smacking contrast with each sip. Without it, the drink loses its salty-sweet dynamic. Swap with Tajin for a citrusy zest.

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A slice of lime for garnish brings a spritz of freshness and a zing that ties all the other flavors together. Not using it is like going to a party and forgetting to smile. If you're out of lime, a lemon will pinch-hit, but its a sharper sourness changes the game.

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Recipe. How to make Mexican Lollipop Drink

  1. Rim the glass with a mixture of chili powder and salt.
  2. Fill the glass with ice.
  3. Pour the tequila, pineapple juice, and grenadine into the glass.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality tequila for the best flavor.
  • For an extra kick, you can add a dash of hot sauce.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Tacos Al Pastor: The sweet and spicy flavor profile of the Mexican Lollipop cocktail complements the pineapple and pork in the tacos.
  • Grilled Shrimp: The acidity and fruitiness of the cocktail cuts through the richness of the shrimp.
  • Ceviche: The citrus notes from the lime will echo the lime in the Ceviche, creating a harmonious pairing.

Drink Pairings

  • Cold Mexican Beer: After sipping on the Mexican Lollipop, a cold beer can help cleanse the palate.
  • Mezcal: For those who enjoy the smokiness in their spirits, a neat mezcal after the cocktail could be a fascinating contrast.

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What you could change in Mexican Lollipop

  • If you don't have grenadine, you can use a cherry syrup or a raspberry syrup.
  • If you want a less spicy version, you can skip the chili powder.

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And of course - twists🍹

Smoky Lollipop

Ingredients: Substitute tequila with Mezcal. Recipe: Follow the original recipe, but use Mezcal for a smoky twist. The Mezcal will add a layer of complexity and depth with its smoky notes. Description: This twist is perfect for those who want to explore the traditional flavors of Mexican liquors. The smoky lollipop will take your taste buds on an adventure, adding a wispy, campfire essence to the tropical and spicy original.

Mango-Chili Lollipop

Ingredients: Replace pineapple juice with mango juice. Recipe: Follow the original recipe but use mango juice. Remember to adjust the amount if the mango juice is sweeter. Description: Mango brings a different type of sweetness and a smoother tropical taste. It's for those who desire a less tart and more velvety fruit profile in their cocktail, with the chili still delighting those with daring palates.

Hibiscus Lollipop

Ingredients: Add hibiscus syrup. Recipe: Along with the other ingredients, mix in 0.5 oz of hibiscus syrup. This adds a floral note to the drink. Description: Hibiscus offers a tart and fruity flavor that complements the tanginess of the lime and pineapple. This twist is like dancing at a beach party during sunset – refreshing, colorful, and utterly memorable.

In case you forgot basics how to make Mexican Lollipop

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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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 Mexican Lollipop

What type of tequila is best to use for the Mexican Lollipop?

A high-quality silver or blanco tequila is recommended for this cocktail to get the best flavor.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Mexican Lollipop?

Yes, you can substitute the tequila with a non-alcoholic spirit or just skip it and increase the pineapple juice instead.

What food pairings would go well with the Mexican Lollipop?

The sweet and spicy flavors of the Mexican Lollipop complement Mexican cuisine very well, especially dishes like tacos or enchiladas.

How spicy is the Mexican Lollipop?

The spice level depends on the amount of chili powder you use. You could adjust it according to your preference.

Can I premix a batch of Mexican Lollipop?

Yes, you can make a larger batch of the cocktail. Just remember to add the ice right before serving to prevent dilution.

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