Mexican Firing Squad


Published: 02/26/24

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The Mexican Firing Squad cocktail, as crafted by Charles H. Baker in his 1939 volume II of “The Gentleman’s Companion”, is a meticulous blend of tequila, fresh lime juice, grenadine, and Angostura bitters. Baker’s recipe is well known in the world of cocktails as a tequila-based classic that reflects a balance of flavors that epitomizes the sophistication of mixological craftsmanship.

As a world traveler, author, and historian, Charles H. Baker’s meticulous attention to detail ensured that each cocktail, including this one, transcended just being a mere drink to become a symbol of refined indulgence. Renowned for his multifaceted expertise, Baker’s contribution to cocktail culture remains unparalleled. His comprehensive documentation and discerning craftsmanship elevated cocktails beyond mere drinks, imbuing them with historical significance. In the case of the Mexican Firing Squad, Baker’s meticulous formulation of 2 jiggers of tequila, juice of 2 small limes, 1.5 to 2 tsp of grenadine, or plain gomme syrup, and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters – reflected his commitment to excellence and his profound understanding of flavor dynamics. Through his writings and recipes, Baker bestowed upon the world a treasure trove of mixological wisdom, ensuring that each cocktail served as a testament to the artistry inherent in the craft.

As said, in contemporary mixological discourse, the Mexican Firing Squad is a true tequila classic that has witnessed subtle adaptations to align with evolving taste preferences. Modern interpretations often feature a nuanced adjustment in the grenadine component, resulting in a sweeter rendition of the cocktail. Nevertheless, these adaptations, while subtle, do not detract from the sophistication and taste of the cocktail.

Mexican Firing Squad Recipe

  1. 60 ml tequila

  2. 22.5 ml fresh lime juice

  3. 22.5 ml grenadine

  4. 3 dashes Angostura bitters

  5. Ice

  6. Garnish: lime wheel

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How to Make a Mexican Firing Squad Cocktail

  1. Add the tequila, fresh lime juice, grenadine, and Angostura bitters into a cocktail shaker.

  2. Add ice and shake for 10-15 seconds, until chilled.

  3. Strain into a rocks glass over ice.

  4. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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