Toreador Cocktail Drink

Toreador

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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If a vibrant cocktail is what you’re after, look no further than this Toreador Cocktail recipe! It’s an easy-to-make drink that’s delightful and filled with exciting ingredients.

Toreador Cocktail Recipe

Enjoy the spring season with this straightforward Toreador cocktail recipe! The blend of Tequila, apricot brandy, and lime juice creates a refreshing drink perfect for the season.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

204 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz apricot Brandy
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel or twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Coupe Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill your coupe glass
  • Squeeze in 1 oz fresh lime juice.
  • Add 1 oz apricot Brandy.
  • Pour in 2 oz Tequila.
  • Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake vigorously until well chilled.
  • Fine strain the mixture into the coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a lime wheel or twist.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you're out of Tequila, use mezcal for a smokier flavor profile. I've also tried this recipe with white rum, and it turned out surprisingly well.
  • Apricot Brandy: Peach schnapps or cherry brandy can be substituted if you don't have apricot brandy. They alter the flavor slightly but still result in a delicious cocktail.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: I've used bottled lime juice in a pinch, but fresh is always best. You could also try lemon juice for a different citrus twist.

Making a Pitcher of Toreador Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Tequila, 8 oz of apricot brandy, and 8 oz of fresh lime juice.
  • Mix: Combine the Tequila, apricot brandy, and lime juice in a large pitcher with ice cubes and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into ice-filled coupe glasses, garnish with a lime wheel or twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; several brands are available that mimic Tequila's flavor quite well.
  • Apricot Brandy Substitute: You can make a simple syrup infused with apricot flavor. Just simmer equal parts sugar and water with some dried apricots until the flavors meld together.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. However, always check the labels of your alcohol, as some brands may use animal products in their processing methods.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
204
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
2
g
1
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
0.5
g
1
%
Potassium
 
35
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
14
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Toreador Cocktail Drink

Toreador Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Enjoy the spring season with this straightforward Toreador cocktail recipe! The blend of Tequila, apricot brandy, and lime juice creates a refreshing drink perfect for the season.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 204

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz apricot Brandy
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel or twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Coupe Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill your coupe glass
  • Squeeze in 1 oz fresh lime juice.
  • Add 1 oz apricot Brandy.
  • Pour in 2 oz Tequila.
  • Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake vigorously until well chilled.
  • Fine strain the mixture into the coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a lime wheel or twist.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you're out of Tequila, use mezcal for a smokier flavor profile. I've also tried this recipe with white rum, and it turned out surprisingly well.
  • Apricot Brandy: Peach schnapps or cherry brandy can be substituted if you don't have apricot brandy. They alter the flavor slightly but still result in a delicious cocktail.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: I've used bottled lime juice in a pinch, but fresh is always best. You could also try lemon juice for a different citrus twist.

Making a Pitcher of Toreador Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Tequila, 8 oz of apricot brandy, and 8 oz of fresh lime juice.
  • Mix: Combine the Tequila, apricot brandy, and lime juice in a large pitcher with ice cubes and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into ice-filled coupe glasses, garnish with a lime wheel or twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; several brands are available that mimic Tequila's flavor quite well.
  • Apricot Brandy Substitute: You can make a simple syrup infused with apricot flavor. Just simmer equal parts sugar and water with some dried apricots until the flavors meld together.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. However, always check the labels of your alcohol, as some brands may use animal products in their processing methods.

What is a Toreador Cocktail?

A Toreador Cocktail is a tequila-based classic cocktail made of Tequila, apricot brandy, and lime juice. It’s not particularly difficult to make as it only requires three ingredients and some basic mixing skills. The Toreador isn’t directly a variant of any well-known cocktail but shares similarities with the Margarita due to its use of Tequila and lime juice. An interesting fact about this drink is that despite these similarities, it predates the Margarita by several years.

A side shot of a Toreador cocktail in a coupe glass on a yellow tray placed on a wooden table surrounded by a red cloth in front of a black background

What is a Toreador Cocktail made of – The ingredients

Get ready to make your Toreador Cocktail with these ingredients:

  • Tequila: The cocktail’s base spirit provides a strong, robust flavor.
  • Apricot Brandy: Adds complexity and a fruity aroma to the drink. 
  • Lime juice: Delivers the right amount of tartness to balance out the strength of tequila and the sweetness note of apricot brandy.

Tequila, apricot Brandy, lime juice, and lime laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Toreador Cocktail?

Our guide makes it simple for you to create a Toreador Cocktail:

1
<p>Begin by chilling your cocktail glass. This can be done by filling it with ice and letting it sit while you prepare the cocktail.</p>

Begin by chilling your cocktail glass. This can be done by filling it with ice and letting it sit while you prepare the cocktail.

2
<p>In a cocktail shaker, pour 1 oz of lime juice, adding the acidic element to your mixture.</p>

In a cocktail shaker, pour 1 oz of lime juice, adding the acidic element to your mixture.

3
<p>Follow by pouring 1 oz of apricot brandy, contributing the fruity undertone of the cocktail.</p>

Follow by pouring 1 oz of apricot brandy, contributing the fruity undertone of the cocktail.

4
<p>Finish with 2 oz of tequila, giving the cocktail its alcohol base. </p>

Finish with 2 oz of tequila, giving the cocktail its alcohol base.

5
<p>Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

6
<p>Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. </p>

Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.

7
<p>Empty your coupe glass and fine strain tour mixture in it, leaving any ice shard behind. </p>

Empty your coupe glass and fine strain tour mixture in it, leaving any ice shard behind.

8
<p>Garnish with a lime zest or wheel for a touch of color. </p>

Garnish with a lime zest or wheel for a touch of color.

History and Origin

The Toreador Cocktail has a rich history that dates back to the 1930s. The first time anyone saw it in print was in the “Café Royal Cocktail Book” by William J Tarling, a famous bartender. He published this book in London in 1937, including recipes from other bartenders in the United Kingdom.

Here’s  an interesting fact: The Toreador is a predecessor of the Margarita, and in the same book by William J Tarling, we find a more direct ancestor of the famous cocktail, the Picador. This drink was basically a Margarita with a different name. 

Even if not as famous as the margarita, people love this recipe today for its unique mix of flavors- sweet apricot brandy balances out sour lime and strong Tequila perfectly.

A Toreador cocktail, shot from above, in a coupe glass on a beige surface surrounded by Tequila, apricot Brandy, lime juice and lime.

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FAQ

How many calories does a Toreador cocktail contain?
A standard serving of a Toreador cocktail contains approximately 160-180 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific brands of alcohol used and the size of the serving.
How strong is a Toreador cocktail?
The strength of a Toreador cocktail can vary based on the ratio of ingredients, but typically, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 20-25%. This translates to about 40-50 proof, making it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Toreador cocktail?
The primary alcohol used in a Toreador cocktail is Tequila. Specifically, most recipes call for blanco or silver Tequila, which gives the drink its distinctive flavor.
In what kind of glass is a Toreador cocktail served?
Traditionally, a Toreador cocktail is served in a chilled coupe glass. The shape of this glass helps concentrate the drink's aromatic elements and enhance its flavor profile.
What does a Toreador cocktail taste like?
A Toreador cocktail offers a unique blend of flavors. The Tequila provides a smooth, earthy base, while the apricot brandy adds slightly sweet notes and fruity aromas. The lime juice brings acidity and freshness to balance the sweetness, resulting in a well-rounded and refreshing drink.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Toreador cocktail?
The classic ratio for a Toreador cocktail is 2 parts tequila, 1 part apricot brandy, and 1 part lime juice. This creates a balanced flavor profile highlighting each ingredient without overpowering the others.
How is a Toreador cocktail served with ice?
A Toreador cocktail is typically shaken with ice and then strained into a chilled glass. This process chills the drink without diluting it once served, ensuring it stays flavorful.
What is the origin of the Toreador cocktail?
The Toreador cocktail first appeared in print in 1937 in the "Cafe Royal Cocktail Book." However, its exact origins are unknown. Some believe it may have been inspired by the Spanish bullfighting tradition, as "toreador" is Spanish for "bullfighter."
Can I make a Toreador cocktail at home?
Absolutely! Making a Toreador cocktail at home is simple as long as you have the necessary ingredients: Tequila, apricot brandy, and lime juice. Remember to shake the ingredients with ice and strain them into a chilled coupe glass.
Is there a specific time or occasion to enjoy a Toreador cocktail?
While there's no specific rule about when to enjoy a Toreador cocktail, its refreshing flavor makes it an excellent choice for spring gatherings or any occasion where you want a light, fruity drink.

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