Medicina Latina Cocktail Drink

Medicina Latina

Want a standout cocktail? This Medicina Latina recipe is your answer! It’s a rich, spicy and slightly smoky drink that you can make it without any hassle.

Medicina Latina Recipe

Warm up your winter with this easy-to-make Medicina Latina recipe! Tequila, lime juice, honey, ginger syrup and Mezcal make this cocktail ideal for frosty evenings.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

257 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz honey syrup, 2 parts honey to 1 part water
  • ½ oz ginger syrup
  • ½ oz Mezcal
  • 1 dash Lemon bitters, optional
  • Ice cubes
  • Candied ginger, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Rocks Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill an Old Fashioned glass with a generous amount of ice cubes.
  • Add Bitters: Start by pouring 1 dash Lemon bitters into the shaker (if using).
  • Add Ginger Syrup: Pour ½ oz ginger syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Honey Syrup: Add ½ oz honey syrup.
  • Add Lime Juice: Add 1 oz fresh lime juice.
  • Add Tequila: Finally, add 2 oz Tequila to the mix.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice, close it, and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the ice filled glass.
  • Add Mezcal: Measure and gently pour ½ oz Mezcal on top of the drink.
  • Garnish: Garnish with skewered pieces of candied ginger and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you don't have Tequila, you can use mezcal for a smokier flavor or white rum for a lighter, more tropical vibe.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: You can use bottled lime juice in a pinch, but the flavor will be less bright and fresh. Another option is to use fresh lemon juice for a slightly different citrus kick.
  • Honey Syrup: Agave syrup is an excellent substitute for honey syrup if you prefer a vegan option or want to try something different.
  • Ginger Syrup: If you don’t have ginger syrup, you can muddle a small piece of fresh ginger in your shaker with ½ oz simple syrup before making the drink. You can also make your own ginger syrup at home: start by peeling and coarsely chopping some fresh ginger ginger (the more, the spicier the syrup). Then, add it to 17 oz/50 cl boiling water. Cover and let it infuse at room temperature for 3 hours. After this time, give it a taste and infuse it longer if you want a spicier syrup. Once you are satisfied with the infusion, filter through a fine strainer and add 500g of powdered sugar to the ginger water. Mix well to combine, until the sugar is fully dissolved. 
  • Mezcal: If you don’t have Mezcal, you can use a peated scotch whisky as an alternative, although the final result won’t come as crisp and fresh.

Making a Pitcher of Medicina Latina:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Tequila, 8 oz of fresh lime juice, 4 oz of honey syrup, 4 oz of ginger syrup, 4 oz of mezcal, and 8 dashes of lemon bitters.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into ice-fille rocks glasses, and garnish with candied ginger pieces or fresh ginger slices. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; several brands are available that mimic Tequila's flavor quite well. Otherwise, you can use fresh orange juice as a substitute. You can also try making your own substitute by mixing together water, a pinch of smoked salt, a splash of tonic, and a bit of agave syrup (to taste).
  • Mezcal: Use a non-alcoholic spirit that has a smoky flavor profile, or make a saline solution with smoked salt (simply dissolve the salt in cold water, following a 20% ration of salt to water) and add 2 or 3 dashes to your drink.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Tequila and Mezcal, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Honey Syrup Substitute: Replace the honey syrup with agave or simple syrup to make this cocktail vegan-friendly. The taste will be slightly different but still delicious, as the agave syrup pairs particularly well with both tequila and mezcal.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
257
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
10
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
25
g
8
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
23
g
26
%
Potassium
 
51
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
14
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
7
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Medicina Latina Cocktail Drink

Medicina Latina Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Warm up your winter with this easy-to-make Medicina Latina recipe! Tequila, lime juice, honey, ginger syrup and Mezcal make this cocktail ideal for frosty evenings.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 257

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz honey syrup - 2 parts honey to 1 part water
  • ½ oz ginger syrup
  • ½ oz Mezcal
  • 1 dash Lemon bitters - optional
  • Ice cubes
  • Candied ginger - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Rocks Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill an Old Fashioned glass with a generous amount of ice cubes.
  • Add Bitters: Start by pouring 1 dash Lemon bitters into the shaker (if using).
  • Add Ginger Syrup: Pour ½ oz ginger syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Honey Syrup: Add ½ oz honey syrup.
  • Add Lime Juice: Add 1 oz fresh lime juice.
  • Add Tequila: Finally, add 2 oz Tequila to the mix.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice, close it, and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the ice filled glass.
  • Add Mezcal: Measure and gently pour ½ oz Mezcal on top of the drink.
  • Garnish: Garnish with skewered pieces of candied ginger and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you don't have Tequila, you can use mezcal for a smokier flavor or white rum for a lighter, more tropical vibe.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: You can use bottled lime juice in a pinch, but the flavor will be less bright and fresh. Another option is to use fresh lemon juice for a slightly different citrus kick.
  • Honey Syrup: Agave syrup is an excellent substitute for honey syrup if you prefer a vegan option or want to try something different.
  • Ginger Syrup: If you don’t have ginger syrup, you can muddle a small piece of fresh ginger in your shaker with ½ oz simple syrup before making the drink. You can also make your own ginger syrup at home: start by peeling and coarsely chopping some fresh ginger ginger (the more, the spicier the syrup). Then, add it to 17 oz/50 cl boiling water. Cover and let it infuse at room temperature for 3 hours. After this time, give it a taste and infuse it longer if you want a spicier syrup. Once you are satisfied with the infusion, filter through a fine strainer and add 500g of powdered sugar to the ginger water. Mix well to combine, until the sugar is fully dissolved. 
  • Mezcal: If you don’t have Mezcal, you can use a peated scotch whisky as an alternative, although the final result won’t come as crisp and fresh.

Making a Pitcher of Medicina Latina:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Tequila, 8 oz of fresh lime juice, 4 oz of honey syrup, 4 oz of ginger syrup, 4 oz of mezcal, and 8 dashes of lemon bitters.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into ice-fille rocks glasses, and garnish with candied ginger pieces or fresh ginger slices. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; several brands are available that mimic Tequila's flavor quite well. Otherwise, you can use fresh orange juice as a substitute. You can also try making your own substitute by mixing together water, a pinch of smoked salt, a splash of tonic, and a bit of agave syrup (to taste).
  • Mezcal: Use a non-alcoholic spirit that has a smoky flavor profile, or make a saline solution with smoked salt (simply dissolve the salt in cold water, following a 20% ration of salt to water) and add 2 or 3 dashes to your drink.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Tequila and Mezcal, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Honey Syrup Substitute: Replace the honey syrup with agave or simple syrup to make this cocktail vegan-friendly. The taste will be slightly different but still delicious, as the agave syrup pairs particularly well with both tequila and mezcal.

What is a Medicina Latina?

A Medicina Latina is a tequila-based cocktail made of fresh lime juice, honey syrup, ginger syrup, and just a touch of mezcal. It’s easy to make as it only requires mixing these ingredients in their appropriate proportions. The Medicina Latina is a twist on the Penicillin cocktail, which is made out of Scotch whisky, lemon juice, ginger & honey. An exciting aspect about this drink is that despite being an alcoholic beverage, it incorporates elements like honey and ginger, often associated with natural remedies – hence the name ‘Medicina Latina’, translating to ‘Latin Medicine’.

A side shot of a Medicina Latina cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a wooden coaster place on a white cloth surrounded by two limes and ginger pieces.

What is a Medicina Latina made of – The ingredients

These are the ingredients required to create a Medicina Latina:

  • Lemon Bitters: Adds a subtle, tangy citrus flavor that enhances the overall complexity of the cocktail.
  • Ginger Syrup: Brings a spicy and warming sweetness that complements the tequila and lime juice, adding depth to the flavor profile.
  • Honey Syrup: Provides a rich, floral sweetness that balances the tartness of the lime juice, creating a smooth and harmonious taste.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a bright, tangy citrus note that gives the cocktail a refreshing edge, making it more invigorating.
  • Tequila: Offers a smooth, robust base that ties all the flavors together with its distinct agave notes, forming the backbone of the cocktail.
  • Ice Cubes: Used to chill the Old Fashioned glass and the cocktail, ensuring a refreshing temperature and optimal taste.
  • Mezcal: Adds a smoky depth and complexity to the drink, creating an intriguing layer of flavor on the surface.
  • Candied Ginger: Used as a garnish to add a visually appealing touch and a hint of spicy sweetness that complements the flavors of the drink.

Tequila, Mezcal, ginger syrup, honey syrup, lime juice, lime, ginger slices, and lemon bitters laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Medicina Latina?

Discover the simplicity of making a Medicina Latina with our guide:

1
<p>Fill an Old Fashioned glass with a generous amount of ice cubes. This ensures the cocktail is served cold and refreshing.</p>

Fill an Old Fashioned glass with a generous amount of ice cubes. This ensures the cocktail is served cold and refreshing.

2
<p>Start by pouring 1 dash of lemon bitters into the shaker (if using). The lemon bitters add a subtle, tangy citrus flavor that enhances the overall complexity of the cocktail.</p>

Start by pouring 1 dash of lemon bitters into the shaker (if using). The lemon bitters add a subtle, tangy citrus flavor that enhances the overall complexity of the cocktail.

3
<p>Pour ½ ounce of ginger syrup into the shaker. The ginger syrup brings a spicy and warming sweetness that complements the tequila and lime juice.</p>

Pour ½ ounce of ginger syrup into the shaker. The ginger syrup brings a spicy and warming sweetness that complements the tequila and lime juice.

4
<p>Add ½ ounce of honey syrup. The honey syrup provides a rich, floral sweetness that balances the tartness of the lime juice.</p>

Add ½ ounce of honey syrup. The honey syrup provides a rich, floral sweetness that balances the tartness of the lime juice.

5
<p> Add 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice. The lime juice adds a bright, tangy citrus note that gives the cocktail a refreshing edge.</p>

Add 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice. The lime juice adds a bright, tangy citrus note that gives the cocktail a refreshing edge.

6
<p>Finally, Pour two ounces of Tequila into the shaker. The Tequila serves as the cocktail's base, providing a strong, robust flavor.</p>

Finally, Pour two ounces of Tequila into the shaker. The Tequila serves as the cocktail's base, providing a strong, robust flavor.

7
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

8
<p>Close it securely, and give it a good shake for 10-15 seconds. This thoroughly chills the mixture and blends the flavors together harmoniously.</p>

Close it securely, and give it a good shake for 10-15 seconds. This thoroughly chills the mixture and blends the flavors together harmoniously.

9
<p>Discard the ice in the Old Fashioned glass and fill it with new ice cubes. This ensures a controlled dilution and temperature, making your drink enjoyable for a longer time. Using the cocktail strainer, pour the drink into the ice-filled glass.</p>

Discard the ice in the Old Fashioned glass and fill it with new ice cubes. This ensures a controlled dilution and temperature, making your drink enjoyable for a longer time. Using the cocktail strainer, pour the drink into the ice-filled glass.

10
<p>Measure and gently pour ½ ounce of Mezcal on top of the drink. The Mezcal adds a smoky depth and complexity, creating an intriguing layer of flavor on the surface of the cocktail.</p>

Measure and gently pour ½ ounce of Mezcal on top of the drink. The Mezcal adds a smoky depth and complexity, creating an intriguing layer of flavor on the surface of the cocktail.

11
<p>Garnish with skewered pieces of candied ginger. This adds a visually appealing touch and a hint of spicy sweetness that complements the flavors of the drink. Serve immediately and enjoy the unique and refreshing blend of spicy ginger, sweet honey, tangy lime, and smoky Mezcal.</p>

Garnish with skewered pieces of candied ginger. This adds a visually appealing touch and a hint of spicy sweetness that complements the flavors of the drink. Serve immediately and enjoy the unique and refreshing blend of spicy ginger, sweet honey, tangy lime, and smoky Mezcal.

History and Origin of the Medicina Latina

The history behind the Medicina Latina started with the Penicillin cocktail, first created by Sam Ross in 2005 at the Milk & Honey bar in New York City. The Penicillin mix of Scotch whisky, lemon juice, honey-ginger syrup, and peaty Islay Scotch on top, and is now a worldwide famous modern classic cocktail. The Medicina Latina is a twist on this cocktail, using Mexican agave distillate instead of Scotch whiskies, and was created in 2009 by Marcos Tello at The Varnish in Los Angeles, USA.

A Medicina Latina cocktail, shot from above, in an old fashioned glass on a beige surface surrounded by Tequila, Mezcal, ginger syrup, honey syrup, lime juice, lime, ginger slices, and lemon bitters

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FAQ

How many calories does a Medicina Latina cocktail contain?
A standard serving of the Medicina Latina cocktail contains approximately 200 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific brands of alcohol used.
What is the strength of the Medicina Latina cocktail?
The Medicina Latina cocktail typically has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 20%, translating to 40 proof. This makes it a rather strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in the Medicina Latina cocktail?
The primary alcohol used in a Medicina Latina cocktail are Tequila and Mezcal.
In what kind of glass is the Medicina Latina served?
Traditionally, the Medicina Latina cocktail is served in a rocks glass, an old-fashioned or lowball glass.
What does the Medicina Latina taste like?
The Medicina Latina offers a unique blend of flavors. The tequila provides a smooth, oaky base, the honey syrup adds sweetness, the ginger brings a hint of warmth and spice and the lime juice gives it a refreshing citrus kick.
How is the Medicina Latina served with ice?
The Medicina Latina is usually served over ice, meaning that ice cubes are added to the glass before pouring the mixed drink.
Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Medicina Latina?
You can create a non-alcoholic version by substituting the Tequila and Mezcal with non-alcoholic spirits (see section above, “Making it non-alcoholic”).
Is the Medicina Latina cocktail suitable for vegans?
In order for the Medicina Latina to be suitable for vegan, please use agave syrup instead of honey syrup (see section above, “Making it Vegan”).
Where did the Medicina Latina cocktail originate?
The Medicina Latina a twist on the classic Penicillin cocktail, substituting Tequila for Scotch whisky. It was first created in 2009 by Marcos Tello in The Varnish, Los Angeles, USA.

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