Cazuela Voladora de Tequila: A Traditional Mexican Cocktail

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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