Zorro 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 Zorro cocktail is named after the legendary masked hero, known for his swashbuckling adventures and daring escapades. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a bold and daring drink, with a hint of mystery. The Zorro cocktail is believed to have originated in Spain, where the character of Zorro was created.

  • The character of Zorro was created by Johnston McCulley in 1919
  • The cocktail is popular among fans of the character and those who enjoy a bold and adventurous drink
  • The Zorro cocktail is often served at themed parties and events, where guests can enjoy the drink while celebrating the spirit of the legendary hero

How Zorro Tastes?

The Zorro cocktail is a complex and intriguing blend of flavors, with a strong, bold taste that is both sweet and sour. The combination of rum, lime juice, and grenadine creates a rich and fruity flavor, while the addition of bitters adds a subtle hint of spice and depth.

Interesting facts about Zorro

  • The Zorro cocktail is often garnished with a lime wheel, which represents the iconic 'Z' that Zorro would carve with his sword
  • The cocktail is typically served in a rocks glass, which allows the drinker to fully appreciate the complex flavors and aromas
  • The Zorro cocktail is sometimes referred to as a 'masked' cocktail, due to its mysterious and enigmatic nature


  • Rum: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Lime juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Grenadine: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Angostura bitters: 2 dashes
  • Ice: as needed
  • Lime wheel: 1


The star of our show! Rum brings a sweet and slightly molasses-like flavor which is the backbone of the Zorro. 2oz is just the right amount to let it shine without making guest appearances in your dreams. Less rum and you have a mocktail, more and you might as well be a pirate!

Mary Mitkina

Lime Juice

The zesty wingman, Lime Juice, adds a necessary kick of acidity to balance the sweetness. 1oz gives that tang without turning the drink into a face-scruncher. Leave it out? Say goodbye to the balance and hello to a one-way ticket to Sugartown.

Alex Green


That's the sweet spot! Grenadine offers a rosy hue and vanilla-like sweetness. 0.5 oz is enough to say 'I'm here' without stealing the spotlight. Go sans grenadine, and you lose the 'Zorro' signature sweetness. Too much, and it's a kiddie cocktail.

Emma Rose

Angostura Bitters

The mysterious figure in the corner, Angostura Bitters, dashes in complex flavors with its botanical mix. A couple of dashes is like adding a pinch of salt to a meal – it's all about enhancing flavors. No bitters, no depth. It's like watching a movie without a soundtrack.

Mary Mitkina


Ice, ice, baby! Keeps the cocktail as cool as Zorro himself. The amount should be 'enough to chill, not too much to thrill'. Too little, and our hero gets warm. Too much, and it's watered down faster than you can say 'Si, Señor!'.

Alex Green

Lime Wheel

Finally, the garnish - a single Lime Wheel is the Zorro's mask; without it, the Zorro is just another cocktail in plain clothes. Plus, it gives a hint of flavor and an eye-catching look. No lime wheel? Well, it's not a tragedy, but it’s like Zorro without his sword – still cool, just less impressive.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Zorro Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice
  2. Add 2oz of rum, 1oz of lime juice, 0.5oz of grenadine, and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined
  4. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel, positioned on the rim of the glass

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail well to ensure all the ingredients are well combined
  • Use fresh lime juice for a better taste
  • Chill the glass before serving for a refreshing experience

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

With its refreshing citrus notes and a hint of sweetness, the Zorro cocktail pairs well with a variety of foods:

Appetizers: The acidity of the lime juice cuts through fatty foods, making the Zorro an excellent companion for appetizers like guacamole and chips, coconut shrimp, or fried calamari.

Seafood: Try matching Zorro with a light seafood dish such as grilled fish tacos or a ceviche. The rum and citrus combination complements the delicate flavors of the sea wonderfully.

Spicy Foods: The sweetness of grenadine paired with the cooling effect of the lime makes this cocktail a great balance for spicy dishes like jerk chicken or spicy Thai noodles.

Drink Pairings

For a non-alcoholic option, sparkling water with a twist of lime echoes the citrus notes without overshadowing the flavors of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Zorro

  • Rum: Can be substituted with vodka or tequila
  • Lime Juice: Can be substituted with lemon juice
  • Grenadine: Can be substituted with any red fruit syrup

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The Black Zorro

Swap in black strap rum for a darker, more molasses-heavy base. Also, add a splash of cola instead of grenadine for a more robust and caramel-like sweetness. Serve in a highball glass over ice with a dark cherry garnish. The flavor profile becomes deeper, richer and it's quite the caped crusader against the ordinary.

El Zorro Picante

Add a small slice of jalapeño to the shaker before mixing to give the cocktail a spicy kick. The result is a dance of sweet, sour, and spicy on your palate, a true masquerade of flavors. It's Zorro with an attitude, coming to rescue your taste buds from the mundane.

Zorro del Orchard

Replace lime juice with apple cider and add a cinnamon stick to shake up the autumn vibes. The apple's sweetness and cinnamon's warmth will transform the Zorro into a harvest hero, perfect for when the leaves start to fall and you're wrapped in your favorite cloak... I mean, sweater.

In case you forgot basics how to make Zorro

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 Zorro

What is the best type of rum to use for a Zorro cocktail?

Choose a high-quality, aged rum for the best flavor, such as a Havana Club 7 or an El Dorado 12.

Can a Zorro cocktail be made ahead of time?

Yes, just make sure to add the garnish and ice just before serving.

Can I use bottled lime juice instead of fresh?

Fresh lime juice is preferable, but if you don't have any on hand, bottled lime juice can be used.

Is the Zorro cocktail suitable for vegans?

Yes, the Zorro cocktail is suitable for vegans as it uses no animal products.

What alcohol content percentage should the rum have?

The alcohol content of the rum should be around 40%.

Are there any dessert pairings that would go well with a Zorro cocktail?

Desserts with a citrus note will go really well with a Zorro cocktail.

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