Vampiro Cocktail Drink

Vampiro

Craving a different kind of cocktail? Try this Vampiro Cocktail recipe! It’s a yummy drink with lots of interesting ingredients, and it’s super easy to make.

Vampiro Cocktail Recipe

Our easy Vampiro cocktail recipe is the perfect way to spice up your day! This twist on a Bloody Mary, featuring Tequila, tomato juice, hot sauce, and grenadine, is perfect for any occasion, ranging from brunch to a night out with friends.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

2 minutes

Servings:

1

Calories:

193 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Tequila Reposado
  • 1 oz tomato juice
  • 1 oz fresh orange juice
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz grenadine
  • 7 drops of hot sauce
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 grind of black pepper
  • Ice cubes
  • Salt or Tajin, to rim the glass, optional
  • Lime wheel or slice, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Run a lime wedge around the rim of your highball glass, then dip in salt or Tajin (optional).
  • In the shaker, combine 1 pinch of salt, 1 grind of black pepper, 7 drops of hot sauce and ½ oz grenadine.
  • Add ½ oz fresh lime juice, 1 oz fresh orange juice and 1 oz tomato juice.
  • Finally, measure out and pour 2 oz Tequila Reposado into the shaker as well.
  • Add ice and throw: make sure all the liquid is in the bigger tin of the shaker. Then, fill this bigger tin with ice cubes. Secure the cocktail strainer on top with one hand. With the other hand, take the smaller tin. Carefully transfer the liquid from the bigger tin into the smaller one; make sure to transfer only the liquid and not the ice cubes. Then, pour the liquid back from the smaller tin into the bigger one and repeat the process (5-7 times).
  • Fill your highball glass with ice and strain the drink inside.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge (optional) and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you're out of Tequila, you can use vodka as an alternative. It will give the cocktail a different flavor profile but still work well with the other ingredients. Mezcal can also be used for a smoky, tasty twist on the original Vampiro.
  • Tomato Juice: Vegetable juice can be used as a substitute for tomato juice if needed. It adds a different depth of flavor but keeps the cocktail's savory character.
  • Grenadine: If you’re out of grenadine, you can replace it with a bit of any red berries syrup. Agave can also be a good alternative, although the drink will end up being less fruity.
  • Hot sauce: for this recipe, you can use any type of hot sauce of your liking. You can of course adjust the quantity to fit your personal taste.

Making a Pitcher of Vampiro Cocktail:

  • To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Reposado Tequila, 8 oz of tomato juice, 8 oz of fresh orange juice, 4 oz of fresh lime juice, 4 oz of Grenadine, 56 dashes of hot sauce (adjust to taste), 8 pinches of salt and 8 grinds of Black pepper.
  • Rim 8 highball glasses with salt or Tajin and fill them with ice.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher. Add ice and stir well. Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into the prepped highball glasses, and garnish with lime wedges. Serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; these are available in the market and do a good job mimicking Tequila's flavor. You can also completely ditch the tequila, in which case you may want to add a bit more of fresh lime juice to the original recipe (try using 1 ounce and adjust from there).
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of regular Tequila, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version of Vampiro Cocktail.

Making it Vegan:

This Vampiro Cocktail recipe is vegan-friendly as it contains no animal products.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
193
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
232
mg
10
%
Carbohydrates
 
16
g
5
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Potassium
 
167
mg
5
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.04
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.02
g
Vitamin A
 
208
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
29
mg
35
%
Calcium
 
14
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.3
mg
2
%

 

Vampiro Cocktail Drink

Vampiro Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Our easy Vampiro cocktail recipe is the perfect way to spice up your day! This twist on a Bloody Mary, featuring Tequila, tomato juice, hot sauce, and grenadine, is perfect for any occasion, ranging from brunch to a night out with friends.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 193

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Tequila Reposado
  • 1 oz tomato juice
  • 1 oz fresh orange juice
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz grenadine
  • 7 drops of hot sauce
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 grind of black pepper
  • Ice cubes
  • Salt or Tajin - to rim the glass, optional
  • Lime wheel or slice - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Run a lime wedge around the rim of your highball glass, then dip in salt or Tajin (optional).
  • In the shaker, combine 1 pinch of salt, 1 grind of black pepper, 7 drops of hot sauce and ½ oz grenadine.
  • Add ½ oz fresh lime juice, 1 oz fresh orange juice and 1 oz tomato juice.
  • Finally, measure out and pour 2 oz Tequila Reposado into the shaker as well.
  • Add ice and throw: make sure all the liquid is in the bigger tin of the shaker. Then, fill this bigger tin with ice cubes. Secure the cocktail strainer on top with one hand. With the other hand, take the smaller tin. Carefully transfer the liquid from the bigger tin into the smaller one; make sure to transfer only the liquid and not the ice cubes. Then, pour the liquid back from the smaller tin into the bigger one and repeat the process (5-7 times).
  • Fill your highball glass with ice and strain the drink inside.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge (optional) and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you're out of Tequila, you can use vodka as an alternative. It will give the cocktail a different flavor profile but still work well with the other ingredients. Mezcal can also be used for a smoky, tasty twist on the original Vampiro.
  • Tomato Juice: Vegetable juice can be used as a substitute for tomato juice if needed. It adds a different depth of flavor but keeps the cocktail's savory character.
  • Grenadine: If you’re out of grenadine, you can replace it with a bit of any red berries syrup. Agave can also be a good alternative, although the drink will end up being less fruity.
  • Hot sauce: for this recipe, you can use any type of hot sauce of your liking. You can of course adjust the quantity to fit your personal taste.

Making a Pitcher of Vampiro Cocktail:

  • To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Reposado Tequila, 8 oz of tomato juice, 8 oz of fresh orange juice, 4 oz of fresh lime juice, 4 oz of Grenadine, 56 dashes of hot sauce (adjust to taste), 8 pinches of salt and 8 grinds of Black pepper.
  • Rim 8 highball glasses with salt or Tajin and fill them with ice.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher. Add ice and stir well. Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into the prepped highball glasses, and garnish with lime wedges. Serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; these are available in the market and do a good job mimicking Tequila's flavor. You can also completely ditch the tequila, in which case you may want to add a bit more of fresh lime juice to the original recipe (try using 1 ounce and adjust from there).
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of regular Tequila, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version of Vampiro Cocktail.

Making it Vegan:

This Vampiro Cocktail recipe is vegan-friendly as it contains no animal products.

What is a Vampiro Cocktail?

A Vampiro Cocktail is a tequila-based mixed drink made of silver Tequila, tomato juice, orange juice, lime juice, grenadine, and hot sauce. This cocktail has to be prepared using the “throw” method, which can be a little impressive at first sight but can easily be mastered with a little bit of practice! The Vampiro Cocktail stands out for its vibrant red color, reminiscent of vampire folklore from which it derives its name. It’s also known for combining the earthiness of Tequila with fresh citrus notes and tangy tomato undertones – creating an exciting flavor experience that sets this cocktail apart from others.

A side shot of a Vampiro cocktail in a highball glass on a white coaster placed on a black surface surrounded by tabasco bottle, half orange, a lime, a white jar, a jigger and a red cloth.

What is a Vampiro Cocktail made of – The ingredients

A Vampiro Cocktail requires the following ingredients:

  • Reposado Tequila: The primary spirit in the cocktail, it provides a strong, robust base.
  • Tomato Juice: It brings a smooth texture as well as a great umami flavor to the drink.
  • Lime & Orange Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice brings a sour note, enhancing the other flavors. The orange juice compliments it and brings in a fruity note.
  • Grenadine: This sweet syrup gives the cocktail its characteristic red color and adds a touch of sweetness and fruitiness.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt can enhance the overall flavor profile of the cocktail.
  • Pepper and Hot Sauce: They’re here to spice up the drink, and the flavor of both black pepper and chili pepper goes very well with tequila and tomato.

Tequila reposado, tomato juice, orange juice, lime juice, grenadine, hot sauce, salt, black pepper, half lime and half orange laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Vampiro Cocktail?

Follow our easy steps and learn how to concoct a Vampiro Cocktail:

1
<p>Start by running a lime wedge around the rim of your highball glass.</p>

Start by running a lime wedge around the rim of your highball glass.

2
<p>Then, dip it in salt or Tajin (optional).</p>

Then, dip it in salt or Tajin (optional).

3
<p>Add 1 pinch of salt to the shaker</p>

Add 1 pinch of salt to the shaker

4
<p>Add 1 grind of black pepper to the shaker.</p>

Add 1 grind of black pepper to the shaker.

5
<p>Add 7 drops of hot sauce to the shaker. The quantity of hot sauce and black pepper can be adjusted to fit your personal taste. Spiciness is key to balancing this drink as the heat from the hot sauce contrasts with the sweetness of the other ingredients. Don’t be afraid and give it a try!</p>

Add 7 drops of hot sauce to the shaker. The quantity of hot sauce and black pepper can be adjusted to fit your personal taste. Spiciness is key to balancing this drink as the heat from the hot sauce contrasts with the sweetness of the other ingredients. Don’t be afraid and give it a try!

6
<p>Add ½ ounce of grenadine to the shaker.</p>

Add ½ ounce of grenadine to the shaker.

7
<p>Add ½ ounce of fresh lime juice to the shaker.</p>

Add ½ ounce of fresh lime juice to the shaker.

8
<p> Add 1 ounce of fresh orange juice to the shaker.</p>

Add 1 ounce of fresh orange juice to the shaker.

9
<p> Add 1 ounce of tomato juice to the shaker.</p>

Add 1 ounce of tomato juice to the shaker.

10
<p>Finally, measure out and pour 2 ounces of Tequila reposado into the shaker as well.</p>

Finally, measure out and pour 2 ounces of Tequila reposado into the shaker as well.

11
<p>Make sure all the liquid is in the bigger tin of the shaker. Then, fill this bigger tin with ice cubes.</p>

Make sure all the liquid is in the bigger tin of the shaker. Then, fill this bigger tin with ice cubes.

12
<p>Secure the cocktail strainer on top with one hand. With the other hand, take the smaller tin. Carefully transfer the liquid from the bigger tin into the smaller one; make sure to transfer only the liquid and not the ice cubes. Then, pour the liquid back from the smaller tin into the bigger one and repeat the process (5-7 times).</p>

Secure the cocktail strainer on top with one hand. With the other hand, take the smaller tin. Carefully transfer the liquid from the bigger tin into the smaller one; make sure to transfer only the liquid and not the ice cubes. Then, pour the liquid back from the smaller tin into the bigger one and repeat the process (5-7 times).

13
<p>Fill your highball glass with ice (be careful not to spill on the rim). You can now strain the drink inside.</p>

Fill your highball glass with ice (be careful not to spill on the rim). You can now strain the drink inside.

14
<p>Garnish with a lime wedge (optional) and serve immediately. The additional lime is a good addition for those who are a bit sensitive to spiciness as the acidity in the juice can reduce the heat. Always a good tip to keep in mind!</p>

Garnish with a lime wedge (optional) and serve immediately. The additional lime is a good addition for those who are a bit sensitive to spiciness as the acidity in the juice can reduce the heat. Always a good tip to keep in mind!

History and Origin

The Vampiro Cocktail comes from Mexico. People there loved drinking Tequila straight or with lime and salt. But they wanted something different, so they created this unique cocktail. Spiced and seasoned tomato juice, known as Sangrita, also a very popular drink in Mexico, the twist became evident: Tequila and Sangrita were mixed together to become what is known today as the Vampiro cocktail.

No one knows who made the Vampiro Cocktail first, but it started in Mexican bars and cantinas in the late 20th century. The name ‘Vampiro’ means ‘vampire’ in English. The cocktail got its name because of its deep red color that looks like blood.

Over time, people have changed the Vampiro Cocktail recipe. Some bartenders add orange or grapefruit juice for a tangy taste, while others keep the traditional recipe of Tequila, tomato juice, lime juice, salt, and chili peppers. A version without grenadine and using pomegranate juice in place of tomato juice is also very popular in Mexico.

A Vampiro cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by tequila reposado, tomato juice, orange juice, lime juice, grenadine, hot sauce, salt, black pepper, half lime and half orange.

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FAQ

How many calories does a Vampiro Cocktail contain?
A standard serving of the Vampiro Cocktail contains approximately 200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is the Vampiro Cocktail?
The strength of a cocktail is typically measured in Alcohol By Volume (ABV) and proof. The Vampiro Cocktail has an ABV of around 13%, translating to 26 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in the Vampiro Cocktail?
Tequila is the primary alcohol used in a Vampiro Cocktail. It's typically made with Reposado Tequila, but you can use any type of tequila of your liking.
In what kind of glass is the Vampiro Cocktail served?
Traditionally, the Vampiro Cocktail is served in a highball glass. This tall, straight-sided glass allows plenty of room for ice and mixers.
What does the Vampiro Cocktail taste like?
The Vampiro Cocktail offers a unique blend of flavors. The Tequila provides a robust base, while the tomato juice adds a savory element. Adding orange and lime juices gives it a citrusy tang and the grenadine lends a hint of sweetness. Thanks to the hot sauce and black pepper, the Vampiro also has a nice spicy kick.
What is the ratio of ingredients in the Vampiro Cocktail?
The typical ratio for a Vampiro Cocktail is 2 parts tequila to 1 part tomato juice, 1 part fresh orange juice, ½ part fresh lime juice, and ½ part grenadine syrup. The spices are then added to taste, but you’ll find an example of the quantities you can use in the recipes above.
How is the Vampiro Cocktail served with ice?
The Vampiro Cocktail is usually served over ice, meaning ice cubes are added to the glass before pouring the mixed drink.
Is there a specific time or occasion to enjoy the Vampiro Cocktail?
While there's no hard and fast rule, the Vampiro Cocktail is often enjoyed during evening social gatherings. Its vibrant color and unique flavor make it a standout choice for parties and special occasions.
Is the Vampiro Cocktail a traditional Mexican drink?
Yes, the Vampiro Cocktail originated in Mexico. It's named after a famous Mexican wrestling character, which adds to its fun and festive appeal.

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