The Chapala Cocktail

If you're like me and get sick of Margaritas really fast, here's a new option for you. The Chapala is a tequila-based cocktail using fresh oranges and lemons perfectly intertwined with tequila and Cointreau.

We all know about margaritas, we all know about tequila sunrises, but what if you want to try a different tequila-based cocktail? That's how I was feeling yesterday when I found this little recipe for the Chapala Cocktail. To say I'm a fanatic about orange flavors in my drinks is an understatement--I'm flat out obsessed. Blame it on my love for the Old Fashioned Cocktail or my association with oranges and warm weather (which, I know, oranges are in season in the winter). Oranges must be in stock at my house at all times for all these cocktails I'm making.

Needless to say, when I was in the mood for a new tequila drink and found the Chapala recipe that called for fresh oranges and Cointreau (an orange-based aperitif), within minutes I was ready for this new concoction. Don't mind the girly pink color, that's from the grenadine! The Chapala is refreshing and integrates the flavors of tequila well instead of hiding them like so many other tequila drinks do. Enjoy, and as always, let me know what you think of it below in the comments!

Here's a little lesson of tequila, if you care to learn more.

The Chapala Cocktail

  • 1 1/2 oz silver tequila
  • 1/2 tsp Cointreau (or triple sec)
  • 1 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz grenadine
  • orange slice, for garnish


  1. Fill a double old-fashioned glass with ice
  2. In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, shake the first 5 ingredients vigorously. Strain into the double old-fashioned glass
  3. Garnish with the orange slice


Thirsty for more? Check out the Oaxaca Old Fashioned or Gimlet Cocktail.