Pink Taco 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 16, 2024


The Pink Taco shot is a playful and vibrant concoction that's become a favorite at parties and gatherings. Its origins are a bit murky, but it seems to have popped up in the early 2000s, when colorful and sweet cocktails were all the rage.

  • Who Would Like It: This shot is perfect for those who enjoy a fruity and sweet taste with a kick of tequila. It's a hit at bachelorette parties, summer barbecues, and among those who appreciate a fun twist on traditional tequila shots.

How Pink Taco Tastes?

The Pink Taco shot is a delightful mix of sweet and tangy flavors. The watermelon schnapps brings a candy-like sweetness, which is balanced by the tartness of the cranberry juice and sour mix. The tequila provides a smooth, warm base, and the Sprite adds a refreshing fizz to the finish.

Interesting facts about Pink Taco

  • The Pink Taco shot is often associated with festive occasions due to its vibrant color and fun name.
  • Despite its sweet taste, the shot packs a punch with the inclusion of tequila.
  • It's a versatile shot that can be enjoyed year-round, but it's particularly popular in the summer months.


White Tequila

The spirit of the drink! 1 oz is just enough to give it a kick without making your face scrunch up like you've just seen a ghost. Tequila adds a distinct earthy and agave flavor. Skip it, and you'll basically have a very confused, non-alcoholic fruit punch.

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Watermelon Schnapps

This gives that melon-y sweetness and the 'pink' in 'Pink Taco.' Too much and it's like biting into a watermelon covered in sugar; too little, and, well, it's just not a Pink Taco anymore, right? Substitute with peach schnapps for a different fruity profile.

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Cranberry Juice

The splash adds a tartness that balances the sweetness from the schnapps and sour mix, giving a depth of flavor. No cranberry? You might end up with a drink that's too cloyingly sweet.

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Sour Mix

A splash of this adds a zing and complements the cranberry juice. It's that secret agent that unites all the flavors without taking over the spotlight. Forget it, and the shot could lose its sharpness.

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Top with a splash for a fizzy finish that makes everything before it feel like a pre-party. It's like the sparkler on top of a birthday cake—fun and celebratory. Nix the Sprite, and the shot loses its effervescence.

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Recipe. How to make Pink Taco Drink

  • Add 1 oz of white tequila to a cocktail shaker.
  • Pour in 1 oz of watermelon schnapps.
  • Splash in a bit of cranberry juice.
  • Add a splash of sour mix.
  • Top with a splash of Sprite.
  • Fill the shaker with ice and shake well until chilled.
  • Strain the mixture into a shot glass and serve immediately.

Pro Tips

  • Chill your shot glasses in the freezer before serving to keep the shot cool and refreshing.
  • If you want a less sweet shot, reduce the amount of watermelon schnapps and increase the tequila slightly.
  • Always use fresh ice when shaking to ensure the best texture and temperature.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Mexican Appetizers: The tequila base pairs beautifully with traditional Mexican starters like nachos, taquitos, or quesadillas.
  • Fruit Platters: Complement the watermelon schnapps with a platter of fresh fruits; particularly citrus and melon to mirror the drink's fruity notes.
  • Spicy Snacks: Balance the sweetness with some heat, such as jalapeño poppers or spicy nuts

Drink Pairings

  • Chilled White Sangria: Its fruity notes can play well alongside the Pink Taco Shot.
  • Light Beers: A crisp pilsner or lager can cleanse the palate between these sweet, fruity shots.

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What you could change in Pink Taco

  • Tequila: Any high-quality blanco tequila can be used in place of the specified brand.
  • Watermelon Schnapps: If you can't find watermelon schnapps, try using a watermelon-flavored liqueur or syrup.
  • Cranberry Juice: Pomegranate juice can be a tangy substitute.

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Spicy Pink Taco Shot

Substitute plain tequila with chili-infused tequila for a fiery kick that balances the sweetness. The heat should play nicely with the sprite's fizz and the sour mix's tang.

Fizzy Melon Ball

Swap out the Sprite with ginger ale and add a melon ball as garnish. Expect a less sweet, more sophisticated, ginger-tinged version that's just as playful but with an adult twist.

Tropical Pink Taco

Replace watermelon schnapps with coconut rum and the splash of Sprite with pineapple juice for a shot that leans into a more tropical, beachy vibe. It'll be like a mini vacation in a glass.

In case you forgot basics how to make Pink Taco

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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Frequently Asked Questions on Pink Taco

What type of glass is best for serving the Pink Taco shot?

Shot glasses are the best option for serving the Pink Taco shot, allowing for the perfect portion size to enjoy the blend of flavors.

Can the Pink Taco shot be made into a cocktail?

Absolutely! To turn it into a cocktail, increase the amount of all the ingredients proportionally and serve it over ice in a highball glass.

Is the Pink Taco shot suitable for a crowd?

Yes, the Pink Taco shot is great for groups. It's easy to multiply the ingredients to create a batch big enough for any gathering.

How can I garnish the Pink Taco shot?

A small wedge of lime or a piece of watermelon on the rim of the glass can add a festive touch and complement the flavors of the shot.

Are there any non-alcoholic substitutions I can use to make a mocktail version?

For a non-alcoholic version, use non-alcoholic tequila-flavored syrup, watermelon juice or syrup, and a sugar-free soda to mimic the flavors.

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