The Cantarito is a complex cousin of the Paloma and it is another favorite of Mexico. This classic highball adds lemon and orange juice to the mix of tequila, lime, and grapefruit soda. You'll find it to be one of the most refreshing tequila cocktails around and it makes a great summer drink.
There are a few grapefruit sodas out there that fit the bill, though Squirt is most commonly used. I would, however, recommend trying the Cantarito with Q Grapefruit as it is a much cleaner drink and that soda was designed specifically for cocktails.
Whichever soda you decide to pour, It is the juices make this cocktail and it's always best with fresh-squeezed juice.
- Rim a collins glass with salt if you like.
- Fill the glass with ice and add the tequila and juices.
- Top it off with grapefruit soda.
- Garnish with the fruit wedges.
How Strong is the Cantarito?
Trying to estimate the alcohol content of mixed drinks that are topped with soda is a challenge. You may add more soda than I would, but we'll go for an average so we can get a general idea.
If we pour an 80-proof tequila and have a total drink volume of seven ounces, our Cantarito will be around 9% ABV (18 proof).
That makes this a very casual drink, about the same strength as the average glass of wine. Go ahead, enjoy a couple for happy hour!