Mexican Firing Squad

Adapted from St. Mazie | Brooklyn, NY

mexican firing squad cocktail recipe

The Mexican Firing Squad is one of the many cocktails documented by world traveler, cocktail writer and historian Charles H. Baker. The drink is recorded in his Gentleman’s Companion, Volume II: Jigger, Beaker and Flask, as having been discovered at the La Cucaracha Bar in Mexico City in 1937. A dry formula, the Firing Squad is almost a rickey with the addition of grenadine to sweeten only slightly. Some modern versions include the addition of soda to create a longer, cooling drink.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce grenadine
  • 5 dashes Angostura bitters

Garnish: lime wheel

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass over ice.
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel.
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