Classic: Mexican Firing Squad

There are few things that I appreciate more than a classic cocktail made just right. It’s definitely fun to try brand new stuff, don’t get me wrong, but chances are that I’ll go to an an old faithful when I’m just making something for myself. That being said, I’m always on the lookout for twists on classic recipes. It can be very satisfying to tweak an ingredient here, or slightly change the profile there, to wind up with something new, but still familiar.

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In this case, while browsing the fantastic PUNCH, I stumbled upon the Mexican Firing Squad, which they found in The Gentleman’s Companion by Charles H. Baker. This enterprising gentleman discovered this cocktail in Mexico City back in 1937. Quite the journey to your eyes here!


2 oz tequila
¾ oz lime juice
¾ oz grenadine
5 dashes Angostura bitters
Club soda
Garnish: Lime wheel

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker, save the soda and garnish. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with soda, lime wheel, and silly straw.

As you can see, this is basically a tequila-based fiz, with some added bitters for depth. If you’d like something shorter and with more punch, feel free to forego the soda and use a short glass instead.

As my cohorts well know, I’m not big on sweets, so if you’re in the same boat, I would definitely recommend decreasing the grenadine to a ½ oz and upping the tequila to 2¼ oz.

Speaking of grenadine, if you’re in the mood, it’s really easy to make your own. Exactly like simple syrup, you just use pomegranate juice instead of water. Have at it.


½ cup sugar
½ cup pomegranate juice

Add both ingredients to a sauce pan and heat on a stove until it comes to a boil, stirring occasionally. Just before it’s boiling, remove from heat, let cool, and store.

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