Cazuela Voladora de Tequila: A Traditional Mexican Cocktail

Cazuela Voladora -- A Traditional Mexican Cocktail!

Today I celebrate another year of life and all I have to say is boy does time fly! To mark the occasion, I am sharing the recipe for this traditional Mexican cocktail. I learned to make this drink with my friend Ana and her mother on one of their trips to Colorado. It originates in La Barca, Jalisco and gets its name from the large clay bowl or cazuela in which it is served.

It’s similar to a Paloma, but served over ice with fresh citrus slices in a large cazuela that takes flight as it is passed from hand to hand and shared among familia. I love the communal aspect of this drink and the key is that it be served in a cazuela de barro, passed around (voladora means flying, so cazuela voladora translates to the flying clay bowl), and enjoyed in a group setting. Cheers to 2016 and another year of life!

2 large ruby red grapefruits
3 large oranges
1 large lemon
3 cups ice
8 ounces tequila (or to taste)
32 ounces grapefruit soda
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt


  1. Slice 1 grapefruit, 1 orange, and 1 lemon and arrange in a large clay bowl.
  2. Extract juice from remaining citrus fruits and pour directly into the bowl.
  3. Pour in ice and top with tequila and grapefruit soda.
  4. Sprinkle with salt, mix, and enjoy!

Note: If you don’t like tequila, rum is also a great substitute.

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Categories: Aguas Frescas and Drinks, Mexican Mixed Drinks

7 Comments on “Cazuela Voladora de Tequila: A Traditional Mexican Cocktail”

  1. Donna Miller
    January 29, 2016 at 7:54 am #

    Sounds refreshing and delicious! Happy birthday too!!

    • January 29, 2016 at 10:22 am #

      Yes, it’s perfect for the summer although right now there’s great citrus fruit everywhere, so it works well any time of year!

  2. Aunt teresa
    January 30, 2016 at 7:45 am #

    Liking it already. Lots of vitamin C in this beverage!

    • February 1, 2016 at 10:32 pm #

      I like the way you think! It’s almost like eating your daily serving of fruits.:)

  3. roger
    April 22, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

    where can i get these bowls im from Virginia

    • April 23, 2018 at 9:50 pm #

      You can check at your local Mexican grocery store and if there’s none nearby, has something similar.


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