Grenadine Tequila Lime Cocktail

"I love this cocktail, it's a great, dry and fresh tequila cocktail. It doesn't get as much love as the margarita or paloma but deserves to be more well known as a simple but awesome tequila cocktail. I like to add a bit of soda though to lengthen the drink a little. For me it makes it an even more refreshing and cooling drink for spring, even if it still doesn't feel like spring here."
-- @chembo_cocktails

Recipe Intro From chembo_cocktails

I love this grenadine cocktail; it's a great, dry, and fresh tequila cocktail. While it doesn't get as much attention as the margarita or paloma, this Grenadine Tequila Lime Cocktail deserves a spotlight for its simplicity and awesomeness. I like to add a bit of soda to lengthen the drink, making it even more refreshing and cooling—perfect for spring vibes, even when it doesn't quite feel like spring yet.

Recipe Description

The charm of this cocktail lies in its balanced mix of grenadine and zesty lime juice, coupled with the smooth essence of Patrón Blanco. A unique touch of Angostura bitters introduces a depth of flavor that transforms an ordinary tequila drink into a refined cocktail. This libation pairs wonderfully with light, zesty dishes like citrus-infused ceviche or a crisp summer salad.

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Grenadine Cocktail Ingredients

Everything you need to make a grenadine tequila lime cocktail.

  • Patrón Blanco: Patrón Blanco is a premium tequila known for its smooth, fresh agave flavor and crisp finish. It's ideal for crafting high-quality cocktails. If Patrón Blanco is unavailable, you can use another high-quality blanco tequila that fits your budget and taste preferences.

    Grenadine: Grenadine is a sweet, pomegranate-flavored syrup, giving cocktails a vibrant color and a touch of fruitiness.If you don't have grenadine, a mix of pomegranate juice and sugar or a red fruit syrup like raspberry or cherry can work as alternatives.

    Angostura Bitters: Angostura bitters are concentrated bitters made of herbs and spices. It is commonly used to enhance the flavor complexity of cocktails. If Angostura bitters are hard to find, other aromatic bitters like orange bitters or a homemade blend of cloves, allspice, and cinnamon steeped in alcohol can be used as substitutes.

Test Kitchen Notes

  • Tequila Choice: Using a high-quality blanco tequila like Patrón is crucial for the cocktail’s flavor. Blanco tequila preserves the pure tastes of the agave and provides a clean, crisp base that complements the sweetness of grenadine and tartness of lime juice.

    Homemade Grenadine: While store-bought grenadine is convenient, making your own can significantly enhance your cocktail. Homemade grenadine is made from real pomegranate juice and sugar, offering a more authentic and less artificial taste compared to many commercial options.

    Garnishing: The garnish is not just decorative; a lime wheel and cherry can add subtle aroma and flavor nuances when they interact with the drink. Additionally, the visual appeal of the garnish makes the cocktail more inviting.

    Club Soda: Adding soda water is optional but recommended. It not only lengthens the drink, making it more refreshing but also adds a fizzy texture that complements the smoothness of tequila and the richness of the grenadine.


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Prep time 5mins
Serves or Makes: 1 serving

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  • 1 1/2 ounces Patrón Blanco
  • 3/4 ounce grenadine syrup (homemade or store-bought)
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • A dash of Angostura bitters
  • Club soda, to top


  • Step 1

    Combine the Patrón Blanco, homemade grenadine, lime juice, and a dash of Angostura bitters in a cocktail shaker.

  • Step 2

    Fill the shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until well-chilled.

  • Step 3

    Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.

  • Step 4

    Top the cocktail with club soda.

  • Step 5

    Garnish with a lime wheel and a cherry to serve.