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Batanga - Recipe and History

Updated: Aug 15, 2022


The Batanga is a popular drink in Mexico whose fame grew with an advertising campaign by El Tequileño. It was invented by the famed bartender, Don Javier in the old cantina, La Capilla, in the town of Tequila; Jalisco, in either the 1950s or 60s, he couldn't remember himself! But since he spent much of the day cutting limes, he also stirred the Batanga with his lime knife. End your drink preparation honouring the tradition!

An incredibly easy drink to put together, but one that gives a refreshing combination of sweetness, salt and acid, amazing for a warm summer day.



  • Tequila Blanco (50ml)

  • Fresh Lime (1/2)

  • Coke (go full sugar here)

  • Salt (coarse)


  1. Chill a tall glass

  2. Rim the glass with coarse salt

  3. Fill the glass with ice to the top

  4. Squeeze half a lime into the glass

  5. Add a double of Tequila Blanco

  6. Fill to the top with Coke

  7. Stir (with the lime knife!)

Fan of mezcals? Try your favourite as a tequila substitution. The smoke and lime go together great!

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