Mustang 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 Mustang cocktail is a lesser-known yet delightful drink that has been around since the 1960s. It's a great choice for those who enjoy a fruity, refreshing cocktail with a hint of spice. The Mustang is often associated with summer parties and beachside gatherings due to its tropical vibe.

  • The Mustang cocktail was first popularized in the 1960s.
  • It's often enjoyed at summer parties and beachside gatherings.
  • The cocktail's fruity and refreshing taste is loved by many.

How Mustang Cocktail Tastes?

The Mustang cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. The sweetness of the pineapple juice is perfectly balanced by the tartness of the lime juice, while the jalapeno adds a surprising kick that elevates the overall taste.

Interesting facts about Mustang Cocktail

  • The Mustang cocktail is named after the iconic Ford Mustang, a symbol of freedom and adventure.
  • Despite its name, the Mustang cocktail doesn't contain any horse-related ingredients.
  • The cocktail's spicy kick comes from the jalapeno, which is a common ingredient in Mexican cuisine.


Pineapple Juice

A tropical favorite, 2oz of pineapple juice provides a sweet and tart backbone. Just enough to complement the tequila without overpowering it. Less might not hold up against the other strong flavors, and more could make for a smoothie, not a cocktail!

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Lime Juice

The zesty zing of 1oz lime juice adds a citrusy punch, balancing the sweetness of the pineapple juice. Skipping it could leave you missing a crucial tang, while overdoing it might make you pucker more than smile.

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The star of any fiesta, 2oz of tequila brings enough kick to liven up the drink. Less and you're just having juice, more and you might end up talking to cacti. It’s all about the balance!

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A slice of danger, the jalapeno. It introduces a spicy note that elevates the drink. No jalapeno? It’s like a rodeo without the bull. But, be sparing—too much and you'll be blowing smoke out your ears!

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The sweet friend, 1 tsp sugar comes in to smooth over any feuds between the flavors. Miss it out, and the tartness might just take over. Pack in too much, and it's a one-way ticket to Cavity City.

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Ice Cubes

They’re not just to keep things chill. Ice is crucial for dilution; it’s the unsung hero that subtly mellows the flavors during the shake. No ice, and you’ve got a concentrated flavor bomb—handle with care!

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Recipe. How to make Mustang Cocktail Drink

  1. Muddle the jalapeno slice in a shaker.
  2. Add the pineapple juice, lime juice, tequila, and sugar.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a slice of jalapeno and serve.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Be careful when handling jalapenos as they can cause skin irritation.

Perfect Pairings

Appetizers & Snacks

  • Grilled Shrimp: The smokiness pairs nicely with the jalapeño heat.
  • Fresh Ceviche: The citrus notes from the lime juice complement the dish.
  • Cheese Nachos: A classic with a margarita-like drink.

Main Courses

  • Fish Tacos: The lightness of the fish goes well with the fruity and spicy cocktail.
  • Chicken Enchiladas: The sweetness of pineapple cuts through the creamy sauce.


  • Tropical Fruit Salad: Echoes the pineapple juice in the cocktail.
  • Lemon Sorbet: A light, refreshing end, complementing the cocktail's lime juice.

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What you could change in Mustang Cocktail

  • If you don't have pineapple juice, you can use orange juice.
  • If you don't like spicy drinks, you can omit the jalapeno.

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Smoky Mustang

  • Swap tequila for mezcal
  • Add a splash of Cointreau Recipe: Muddle jalapeño, then add pineapple juice, lime juice, a splash of Cointreau, and mezcal. Shake with ice, strain, and serve with a charred pineapple wedge. Expect a mysterious smokiness swirling through the tropical breeze.

Green Chili Mustang

  • Use green chili infused simple syrup instead of sugar
  • Garnish with a cilantro sprig Recipe: Muddle jalapeño, add pineapple and lime juices, tequila, and green chili syrup. Shake, serve, and savor the subtle heat and sweet with a herbal touch.

Berry Wild Mustang

  • Add 0.5oz raspberry puree
  • Top with sparkling water Recipe: Start with muddled jalapeno, add pineapple juice, lime juice, tequila, sugar, and raspberry puree. Shake and top with a splash of sparkling water. Berry meets spice on a bubbly ride!

In case you forgot basics how to make Mustang Cocktail

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.

Learn everything on how to strain

The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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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 Mustang Cocktail

What kind of tequila is best to use for a Mustang Cocktail?

While any type of tequila can be used to make a Mustang Cocktail, a high-quality silver or blanco tequila is often recommended for its clean, bold flavors that can stand up to the sweetness of the pineapple and lime juices.

Can the Mustang Cocktail be made without alcohol?

Yes, you can make a 'mocktail' version of the Mustang Cocktail by omitting the tequila and adding in a bit more pineapple and lime juice, or even a splash of sparkling water for some added fizz.

Can I use another type of spicy pepper instead of jalapeno?

Yes, you can substitute the jalapeno with other spicy peppers such as serrano or habanero, but be aware these peppers are significantly hotter and can change the overall taste of the cocktail.

What is the origin of the name 'Mustang' for this cocktail?

The Mustang Cocktail is named after the Ford Mustang, known for its power and style, a fitting name for this flavorful and bold cocktail.

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