Cantaritos locos, also known as jarritos, is a refreshing drink that is bound to become your favorite. Fresh orange, grapefruit and lime juice are mixed with tequila and grapefruit soda, poured over crushed ice, then topped with orange, grapefruit segments, and pineapple.
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What are cantaritos?
Cantaritos is the name of the clay cup in which this drink is served. This simple yet delicious drink gets served in a handmade clay cup rimmed with chile powder. Supposedly the clay keeps the drink cooler, but mostly these clay cups are used because they are portable and relatively easy to find. Plus they look cool.
This drink originated in Jalisco, the home state of tequila. No surprise there!! It is typical in town celebrations and fairs like the “ El dia de los Cantaritos” June 24th and 29th, and Feria Nacional del Tequila on December 13th. You can also find them all across Mexico in small town fairs and celebrations.
Grapefruit are in season from October to April, but they are their best from November to March. We love grapefruit season in the house and we are completely head over heels for Winter Sweetz grapefruit.
They are tree ripened in Mission, Texas, and let me tell you they are sweet! I know people associate grapefruit with bitterness, but did you know the bitterness is found in the pith and peel, not in the flesh. Which means if you segment the grapefruit to remove the flesh all you are left with is perfect sweetness.
You can find Winter Sweets at your local grocery if not you can order them straight from their website! Are you looking for more grapefruit recipes? Try this Jicama Grapefruit Salad with brown sugar-soy dressing.
The Recipe: Cantaritos Locos
- The best tequila for this is white tequila for its mild taste that lets the fruit juice shine through.
- For best results make sure to use fresh fruit juice instead of the store bought kind.
- For an extra kick I’m using chamoy to line the cups then dipping them in the
- chile powder, but you can use lime juice to do this as well.
- Instead of grapefruit soda, I’m using a combination of grapefruit juice and bubbly mineral water or soda water.
- Chamoy is a Mexican condiment made out of apricot, mango or plum, chiles, and lime juice.
- You can omit the tequila to make this a mocktail.
- 2/3 cup Fresh grapefruit juice (made with Winter Sweetz grapefruit)
- 2/3 cup Fresh orange juice
- 3 oz Silver tequila
- 4 tbsp. Lime Juice (1 oz.)
- 1 cup Carbonated mineral water or soda water
- 1/2 cup Chopped pineapple
- 2 Orange segments, chopped
- 2 Winter Sweetz grapefruit segments, chopped
- ½ cup Chamoy
- ½ cup Chile powder (chile píquin)
- Crushed ice
- Soak the clay cups in cold water for 15 minutes before making the drink.
- Place the chamoy and the chile powder in two separate plates. Dip the rim of the clay cup in the chamoy, and then in the plate with the chile powder.
- Combine the grapefruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, and tequila in a cocktail shaker and shake to combine. Fill the cups half way with crushed ice.
- Pour the juice mixture into the cups and top with enough soda water to fill the cup ¾ of the way.
- Top the drink with the chopped pineapple, grapefruit, and orange segments. Top with more crushed ice if necessary. Garnish with grapefruit slice and serve.
Although dorastable.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates.