Mix it Up: Mexican Culture and Cocktails

We shine the spotlight on some Mexican cocktails courtesy of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.

We shine the spotlight on some Mexican cocktails courtesy of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.

When I envision a vacation in Mexico, I picture myself on the beach with a delicious cocktail in my hand. And maybe that drink is so good that I want to learn how to attempt to make it when I get back home! Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit offers a weekly class where guests can learn how to make four different drinks with a twist of Mexican culture. Each drink features a connection to Mexican history and heritage. Unable to make it down to Mexico? Recreate the resort vibe at home with these delicious recipes: 

Yashu Margarita

The Yashu Margarita is primarily made from Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur and yashu—the word for "avocado" in the ancient Zapotec language. The Zapotec civilization was an indigenous pre-Colombian civilization that flourished in the Valley of Oaxaca in the south of Mexico.

What you'll need:

  • 1 avocado

  • ½ oz Ancho Reyes liqueur

  • ⅛ oz lime juice

  • ½ oz grapefruit juice

  • 1 ½ oz Tequila

  • 1 oz Controy Orange liqueur or Cointreau

  • 1 tsp pink pepper

1. Place the avocado, pink pepper and lemon juice in the shaker and macerate all together.

2. Add 1 cup of ice, Ancho Reyes liqueur, grapefruit juice, Controy Orange liqueur and tequila.

3. Shake everything and serve in a frosted glass. Rim with “tajin chile”or salt.

4. Decorate with an avocado fan.


Layered with red, white and green ingredients, the Tricolor was created in honor of the Mexican flag.

1 tsp     red bell pepper

½ oz     grenadine syrup

1 oz      Mezcal

2 oz      kiwi pulp

½ oz     lime juice

1 T        basil

1. Macerate the red pepper in the grenadine. Pour over 1 C ice in glass frosted with worm salt.

2. Add the Mezcal by pouring it down the side of the glass to keep the colors separate.

3. In a shaker, mix the kiwi pulp, lime juice, and basil. Again pour on the glass to make the third hue of the drink.

Sweet Convent

The Sweet Convent was inspired by the bottle of Frangelico which is designed to look like a friar. It serves as a reminder of the monks who instilled religion in Mexico. The drink is also an allusion to the “Tenth Muse” Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and her poetry about love, religion and feminism which offers us a combination of feelings, just as the drink.

1½ oz   Mezcal

1 pinch ground espresso beans

½ oz     Baileys liqueur

½ oz     Frangelico liqueur

½ oz     Kahlua Coffee liqueur

1. Place ice in shaker.

2. Add all the ingredients and mix.

4. Serve in a martini glass perfumed with orange juice and decorated with an orange twist.


“Pascalles” is a popular song that children learn in choir that references the colonial time in the state of of Guanajuato, where structural beauty, underground streets, and green gardens abound. The softness and freshness of the drink alludes to the gardens, while the darkness of the chili and its strong flavor reminds us of the underground tunnels and streets.

1 ½ oz   Gin

1 T        dried pasilla chile

1 can    tonic water

2 T        cucumber

¼ oz     simple syrup

¼ oz     lime juice

1. Make an infusion with the syrup and the “pasilla chile.” The cucumber is macerated and then added to the shaker with ice, gin, lime juice and the infusion.

2. Stir and serve in the glass.

3. Fill the glass with the tonic water and decorate with a cucumber stalk.

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