Walking With Jesus Cocktail Recipe

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Walking With Jesus Nutrition Facts

Calories: 200

Fat: 0g

Protein: 0g

Carbohydrates: 25g

Alcohol %: 20%

Created by

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 'Walking With Jesus' is a cocktail that was first created in the late 1980s in a small bar in Mexico. It was initially created for a group of tourists who wanted a cocktail that was refreshing yet strong. The bartender, known for his creativity, mixed tequila with pineapple juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. The cocktail was a hit, and it quickly became a staple in the bar. It's perfect for those who love tequila-based cocktails and enjoy a balance of sweet and sour flavors.

  • The name 'Walking With Jesus' was given by the tourists who first tasted the cocktail.
  • The cocktail is popular in Mexico and is often served during the summer months.
  • It's a great cocktail for those who enjoy tropical flavors.

How Walking With Jesus Tastes?

The 'Walking With Jesus' cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet and sour flavors. The tequila gives it a strong, fiery kick, while the pineapple juice adds a sweet, tropical touch. The lime juice and simple syrup balance out the flavors, adding a tangy freshness and a hint of sweetness. It's a refreshing, well-balanced cocktail that leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

Interesting facts about Walking With Jesus

  • The 'Walking With Jesus' cocktail is often garnished with a slice of pineapple or a lime wheel.
  • Despite its strong flavor, it's a relatively light cocktail, making it perfect for summer parties.
  • The cocktail is traditionally served in a highball glass.



Tequila is the spirit that gives the cocktail its kick. A 2 oz pour is just enough to let you know it's there without knocking your socks off. If you forget the tequila, you'll end up with a fruity mocktail instead. Want to switch it up? Substitute with mezcal for a smoky twist.

Emma Rose

Pineapple Juice

The 4 oz of Pineapple Juice brings sweetness and tropical vibes. Not enough and the drink is too harsh, too much and you're basically on a beach with a juice box. Pineapple juice is irreplaceable but try mango juice for a different tropical feel.

Mary Mitkina

Lime Juice

A tangy 1 oz of Lime Juice cuts through the sweetness and refreshes your palate. Skip it, and the cocktail becomes cloying. A possible alternative is lemon juice, but the flavor will be less vibrant and more sour.

Alex Green

Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup helps balance out the tanginess and adds a smooth sweetness to the drink. Without it, the cocktail might be too tart for some tastes. You could use honey or agave nectar if you fancy a twist on the sweet side.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Walking With Jesus Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add 2 oz of tequila, 4 oz of pineapple juice, 1 oz of lime juice, and 1 oz of simple syrup.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is well chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a slice of pineapple or a lime wheel.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh pineapple juice for the best flavor.
  • If you're using a strong tequila, you might want to adjust the amount of simple syrup to balance the flavors.
  • Chill your glass before serving for a refreshing experience.

Perfect Pairings


Pair the Walking With Jesus cocktail with light seafood dishes such as grilled shrimp, ceviche, or a crab salad. The acidity from the lime will complement the ocean flavors, and the sweetness of the pineapple will provide a nice contrast.

Spicy Foods

Given the bold flavors in this cocktail, spicy foods like tacos al pastor, chili, or even spicy Thai dishes work nicely. The sweetness of the pineapple juice and the syrup will help balance the heat.


Try this cocktail with barbecue fare, especially sweeter barbecue sauces. It can provide a tropical twist next to your grilled chicken or pulled pork sandwiches.

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What you could change in Walking With Jesus

  • Tequila can be substituted with mezcal for a smokier flavor.
  • Pineapple juice can be substituted with mango juice for a different tropical twist.
  • Simple syrup can be substituted with agave syrup for a more natural sweetness.

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Smoky Savior

Replace tequila with mezcal for a smoky version of the Walking With Jesus. The mezcal's smokiness will provide a deeper, more complex flavor profile that adds an almost mysterious quality to this divine drink.

Blessed Berry

Add a handful of fresh raspberries to the shaker before adding the other ingredients. Mash the berries lightly, then shake as usual. The result will be a berry-infused concoction with a beautiful red hue and a sweet, tart edge.

Ginger Miracle

Add a half ounce of ginger liqueur and a few slices of fresh ginger to the shaker before mixing the rest. The ginger will give a spicy kick that'll make you feel like you're walking on water—or at least walking with a little pep in your step.

In case you forgot basics how to make Walking With Jesus

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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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 Walking With Jesus

Are there any non-alcoholic substitute ingredients for this cocktail?

You can replace the alcoholic elements with non-alcoholic elements for similar taste. For instance, use non-alcoholic Blue Curaçao instead of the original, substitute ginger ale or lemon-lime soda for rum and vodka, and use raspberry and watermelon flavored syrups instead of schnapps.

Can I prepare this cocktail in advance and store it for the party?

Yes, you can mix everything together without the soda and store in the fridge but it tastes best when prepared fresh. Remember to stir before serving and then top with soda.

What's the best way to layer the cocktail?

Pour each element slowly over an inverted spoon or along the side of the glass to keep the liquids separate.

Can I serve this cocktail in other types of glasses?

Yes, but a tall glass is recommended to highlight the layered colors of the cocktail.

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