Sweaty Mexican 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 Sweaty Mexican is a shot that's as bold and unapologetic as its name suggests. It's a favorite among those who appreciate a spicy kick paired with the smoothness of tequila.

  • Originated from a playful twist on classic tequila shots.
  • Often ordered by those looking to add some heat to their night.
  • The name is a nod to the warmth of the Mexican climate and the heat of the shot.

How Sweaty Mexican Tastes?

The Sweaty Mexican shot is a fiery blend that hits you with a spicy, peppery rush followed by the earthy undertones of tequila. It's a bold, robust shot with a lingering heat that dances on the palate.

Interesting facts about Sweaty Mexican

  • The shot is known for its ability to 'warm you up' from the inside out.
  • It's a popular choice during festive occasions, especially in colder weather.
  • The combination of tequila and hot sauce is said to have digestive benefits.



The backbone of our Sweaty Mexican shot is 1oz of tequila. This amount is perfect for a single shot, providing the punch without knocking your sombrero off. Too little, and you might as well be sipping agave juice; too much, and you risk turning the heat up to 'unbearable'. If tequila isn't your 'amigo', substituting it for a milder spirit like vodka might ease the kick, but that's not really living la vida loca, is it?

Emma Rose

Hot Sauce

0.25oz of hot sauce gives our shot its signature sweat-inducing zing. This fiery ingredient takes the taste from 'hola' to 'ay caramba!' in a flash. Skip it, and the shot loses its Mexican edge – it becomes as bland as a tortilla without salsa. If you're looking to switch things up, a splash of a smoky chipotle sauce can add some 'smolder' to the 'scorch'.

Alex Green


Just a pinch of salt is enough to bring out the full symphony of flavors in our concoction. Too much salt and you're in the Dead Sea; too little, and the drink could fall flat, like a tortilla with no filling. If you're adventurous, swap out regular salt for chili salt or even smoked sea salt for an extra layer of complexity.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Sweaty Mexican Drink

  1. Chill the shot glass: Place the shot glass in the freezer for about 15 minutes before preparing the shot.
  2. Coat the rim: Run a lime wedge around the rim of the shot glass and dip it in salt.
  3. Mix the shot: Pour 1 oz of tequila into the chilled shot glass.
  4. Add heat: Top with 0.25 oz of your favorite hot sauce.
  5. Serve immediately: The shot is best enjoyed fresh and cold.

Pro Tips

  • Balance the Heat: If the shot is too spicy, rim only half the glass with salt to allow for a 'cooling' sip.
  • Layering: Carefully pour the hot sauce over the back of a spoon to create a distinct layer on top of the tequila.
  • Garnish: A small slice of jalapeño on the rim adds visual appeal and an extra kick.

Perfect Pairings


  • Spicy Tacos: The fiery nature of the Sweaty Mexican shot complements the bold flavors of traditional street tacos well.
  • Guacamole & Chips: The creamy guacamole can help soothe the heat from the shot while the texture of the chips offers a nice contrast.
  • Grilled Seafood: Shrimp or fish with a light seasoning can provide a refreshing palate cleanser between the sharp heat of the shot.


  • Cold Beer: A light lager or pilsner can be refreshing and helps to tame the heat of the shot.
  • Margarita: Pairing with another tequila-based drink like a classic margarita can amplify the Mexican theme of the night.
  • Water: It's always wise to keep hydrated with water when consuming spicy and salty concoctions.

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What you could change in Sweaty Mexican

  • Tequila: If you don't have a standard tequila, any clear spirit with an agave base will do. Try a mezcal for a smokier flavor.
  • Hot Sauce: Feel free to experiment with different levels of heat or flavors, such as chipotle or habanero sauces.

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Cooling Cucumber Mexican

  • Add Cucumber Juice: Mix in 0.25 oz of fresh cucumber juice with the tequila.
  • The coolness of cucumber provides a delightful contrast to the heat, offering a 'cool sweat' experience.

Mexican Candy Shot

  • Add Fruit Candy Syrup: Stir in 0.25 oz of tamarind or mango candy syrup to the mix.
  • The candy's sweetness adds a playful twist, turning our shot into a grown-up treat with a spicy kick.

Smoky Bandit

  • Smoked Salt Rim & Mezcal: Use mezcal instead of tequila and coat the rim with smoked sea salt.
  • The smokiness from the mezcal and salt adds a 'bandit's campfire' vibe to the shot, providing a deeper and more complex flavor profile.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Sweaty Mexican

Can I use aged tequila for the Sweaty Mexican shot?

While traditionally clear tequila is used for its crisp flavor, using aged tequila like reposado or añejo can add a smoother, oak-infused taste for a more complex shot.

What is the best way to chill the shot glass quickly if I don't have 15 minutes?

Fill the shot glass with ice and cold water, and let it sit for a few minutes. Then dump out the contents right before you pour the tequila and hot sauce.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Sweaty Mexican?

Yes, you can create a mocktail version by substituting the tequila with a non-alcoholic agave spirit or simply use a mix of lime juice, agave syrup, and non-alcoholic hot sauce.

How can I make this cocktail less spicy without changing the recipe?

You can try using a hot sauce that has a milder heat level, or reduce the amount of hot sauce in the recipe to suit your taste.

What are some good occasions to serve the Sweaty Mexican shot?

This shot is perfect for lively gatherings, themed parties, or as a bold starter at a Mexican-style dinner.

Can I batch prepare the Sweaty Mexican for a party?

Yes, you can mix the tequila and hot sauce in a larger quantity and keep it chilled. Serve in pre-salted shot glasses when guests are ready.

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