Vampiro 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 Vampiro cocktail is a popular Mexican drink that originated in the 1960s. It is said to have been created by a bartender named Jesus Gonzalez, who wanted to create a refreshing and flavorful drink that would appeal to both locals and tourists. The name 'Vampiro' comes from its deep red color, which is reminiscent of blood.

  • The drink gained popularity in the 1980s and 1990s, especially in beach resorts and nightclubs
  • It is often enjoyed during celebrations, such as Cinco de Mayo and Day of the Dead
  • The Vampiro cocktail is a favorite among tequila lovers and those who enjoy spicy, fruity flavors

How Vampiro Tastes?

The Vampiro cocktail is a complex and flavorful drink that combines sweet, sour, spicy, and salty elements. It has a bold, fruity taste from the orange and lime juices, a spicy kick from the hot sauce, and a subtle sweetness from the grenadine. The tequila adds warmth and depth, while the salt rim balances out the flavors.

Interesting facts about Vampiro

  • The Vampiro is sometimes called the 'Bloody Maria,' as it is similar to a Bloody Mary but made with tequila instead of vodka
  • The drink is often served in a tall glass, allowing for the layers of flavors to be visually appealing
  • The Vampiro is a versatile cocktail that can be easily customized by adjusting the amount of hot sauce, grenadine, or tequila to suit individual tastes



Tequila is the foundation, the rock star of this drink. 2oz is just the right amount to give you that punch without knocking you out too early in the night. If you skimp on it, you might as well call it a fruit punch instead of a Vampiro.

Mary Mitkina

Orange Juice

This brings a sweet and tangy zest, giving the cocktail its fruity backbone. The 4oz serves up a balance, letting the tequila shine while being gentle on the palate. Less could make the drink too strong, more could turn it into breakfast juice.

Emma Rose

Lime Juice

It's all about that zest, baby! Lime juice adds the tartness and keeps the drink fresh. 1oz should do the trick; overdoing it would mean entering a sour-patch scenario.

Alex Green


Half an ounce for a touch of color and sweetness—it's like the blush on the cheeks of this concoction. Too much could be a sugar overload, too little and you'll miss that beautiful gradient and sweetness.

Mary Mitkina

Hot Sauce

Spice it up! 1-2 dashes add that signature kick. It's that surprise factor that says 'Hola' to your taste buds. Use less for a mild hello, more if you like living on the edge.

Emma Rose


Salting the rim gives a contrasting flavor that enhances the sweet and sour profile of the drink, a culinary ying and yang. If you forget it, you may find the drink lacking in depth. Alternatively, try spiced salt for an extra kick.

Alex Green


Keeps your drink as cool as a vampire avoiding sunlight. Without it, your cocktail may feel as warm as a sunny day in the desert—definitely not recommended.

Mary Mitkina


That lime wedge isn't just for looks; it adds a pop of color and an extra zing if you decide to squeeze it in. For a twist, garnish with a blood orange slice for an extra 'vampiric' touch.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Vampiro Drink

  1. Prepare the glass:
    • Wet the rim of a tall glass with a lime wedge
    • Dip the rim in salt to create a salted rim
  2. Fill the glass with ice
  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine the following ingredients:
    • 2oz tequila
    • 4oz orange juice
    • 1oz lime juice
    • 1-2 dashes of hot sauce
  4. Shake well to mix the ingredients
  5. Strain the mixture into the prepared glass
  6. Slowly pour 0.5oz of grenadine into the glass, allowing it to sink to the bottom
  7. Garnish with a lime wedge on the rim of the glass

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh citrus juice for the best flavor. Bottled juices can be too sweet or too sour.
  • Adjust the hot sauce to your liking. Some like it spicy, some don't.
  • Chill your glass before serving for a refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The smokiness from the grill pairs delightfully with the citrus notes of the Vampiro.
  • Tacos Al Pastor: The spice from the hot sauce and the sweetness from the grenadine complement the flavors of this classic Mexican dish.
  • Spicy Wings: The cocktail's spicy and sweet profile can match well against the heat from wings.

Drinks Pairings

  • Cold Mexican Beer: Helps cleanse the palate between sips of the Vampiro.
  • Margarita: Offering a Margarita alongside provides a contrast between two different tequila-based cocktails.

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What you could change in Vampiro

  • Tequila: Can be replaced with Mezcal for a smokier flavor.
  • Orange Juice: Can be replaced with Grapefruit Juice for a more tart flavor.
  • Hot Sauce: Can be omitted or replaced with a dash of cayenne pepper.

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Michelada Vampiro

  • Replace tequila with a light Mexican beer
  • Increase lime juice to 2oz
  • Add a splash of tomato juice
  • Garnish with a spicy pickled pepper

The Michelada Vampiro brings in a savory note with the tomato juice and makes it a perfect brunch companion. It's as if the Vampiro took a little vacation to the heart of Mexico, turned into a refreshingly tangy beer cocktail—great for those who want a kick, but with a little less spirit.

Frozen Vampiro Slush

  • Freeze the orange and lime juices in ice cube trays beforehand
  • Blend the frozen juice cubes with tequila and hot sauce
  • Garnish with a frozen lime wheel

Imagine your Vampiro went on an Arctic exploration and came back as a slushie. This version would be perfect for sweltering days or when you want to turn your cocktail party into a fiesta on ice.

Vampiro Sangriento

  • Add 1oz of cranberry juice
  • Use a smoky mezurcal instead of tequila
  • Use chili powder instead of salt for the rim

The deep red of cranberry juice turns your Vampiro into a truly 'bloodthirsty' experience. With the smokiness of mezcal, this twist is for those who like to walk on the wild side, where the smoky meets the spicy in a dance of flavors.

In case you forgot basics how to make Vampiro

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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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 Vampiro

What type of tequila is best for a Vampiro cocktail?

Traditionally, a silver or blanco tequila is used for a Vampiro cocktail. These types of tequila are unaged and have a strong, pure flavor that mixes well with the other ingredients.

What does the name 'Vampiro' mean?

The term 'Vampiro' translates to 'Vampire' in English. This is in reference to the cocktail's deep red color resembling that of blood.

Can I use any other juice if I don't have orange juice?

Yes, if you don't have orange juice, you can use other citrus juices like grapefruit or lemon. This can slightly alter the taste of the cocktail.

Is there a virgin version of the Vampiro cocktail?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of the Vampiro cocktail by replacing the tequila with a non-alcoholic spirit or by simply omitting it.

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