Batanga
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Batanga
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.25 / 5
The Batanga is a classic cocktail that offers a refreshing and zesty flavor profile, making it a popular choice for tequila lovers. Originating from Mexico, the Batanga seamlessly blends the ... more The Batanga is a classic cocktail that offers a refreshing and zesty flavor profile, making it a popular choice for tequila lovers. Originating from Mexico, the Batanga seamlessly blends the sharpness of lime juice with the smoothness of tequila, complemented by the sweet and fizzy notes of cola. A pinch of salt is added to enhance the flavors, creating a well-rounded and invigorating drink. Served in a cocktail glass, the Batanga is perfect for those seeking a bold yet delightful beverage. Its simplicity and depth of flavor have cemented its status as a favorite in bars and homes alike, making it a must-try for anyone exploring traditional Mexican cocktails or looking for a unique tequila-based drink.
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Tequila
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14.72% | 2.4 units *
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Classic

Lowball glass

Ingredients

oz
ml
cl
12.5ml 0.44oz 1.3cl
90ml 3.04oz 9cl
60ml 2oz 6cl
1 pinch 1 pinch 1 pinch

Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Batanga offers a classic taste where the earthy punch of tequila meets the crispness of lime, sweetened delicately by cola. The pinch of salt is a masterful touch, enhancing the robust flavors and bridging the components into a harmonious, refreshing drink that captivates with every sip.

Method
How to make a Batanga

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Start by dissolving the salt in the base of your glass with lime juice, mixing until fully dissolved
Next, fill the glass with ice to keep your drink chilled
Then, pour in the remaining ingredients over the ice
Give everything a brief stir for about 10-15 seconds, combining the flavors
Now, your cocktail is ready to enjoy

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Batanga cocktail?

The Batanga cocktail was invented in the 1950s by Don Javier Delgado Corona, owner of the famous La Capilla bar in Tequila, Mexico. It is considered a classic Mexican cocktail, popular for its simplicity and the use of tequila, a spirit that encapsulates the essence of Mexico.

FAQ

How should the lime juice be added to the Batanga?

The lime juice should be freshly squeezed to ensure the best flavor. It is typically added to the glass before the tequila, ensuring that the acidity of the lime can blend well with the other ingredients. It's also common to rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass before dipping it in salt for an extra flavor dimension.

FAQ

Why is the Batanga not shaken or stirred?

The Batanga's unique preparation method, in which the ingredients are gently poured into the glass over ice, helps to maintain the integrity of the cola's carbonation, ensuring the drink remains fizzy and refreshing. Stirring or shaking would decrease the cola's effervescence, fundamentally changing the drink's character.

FAQ

Can I use any type of tequila for the Batanga?

While you can use any type of tequila for a Batanga, the cocktail traditionally uses blanco (white) or plata (silver) tequila for its clear, crisp, and agave-forward flavor. These varieties complement the other ingredients without overpowering them, maintaining the cocktail's refreshing quality.

FAQ

Is there a specific type of cola recommended for the Batanga?

While there is no specific type of cola officially recommended for the Batanga, using a high-quality artisanal cola can enhance the drink's flavor profile. However, classic brands are also commonly used and widely accepted. The choice of cola can be adjusted based on personal preference or desired sweetness and flavor complexity.

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