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Friday 5 o’Clock Cocktail – The Matador

If you are going to be serving friends Margaritas outside this hot weekend, then you might consider offering the Matador as an option. It is similar to a Margarita, but is a little more fruity and sweet tasting – which actually makes it a bit better for those Late July deck and pool parties!

Now, there are a number of ways of making a Matador. Some recipes call for the use of RedBull in place of the Pineapple Juice that is used in the classic version. If you are looking for an extra jolt of caffeine then you might try that. You can also make them frozen (blended) or on the rocks.

One thing all the versions share is that they are tangy, sweet, and perfect for a hot day.

So for your viewing pleasure, we are including three versions of the Matador today. Try one, try ‘em all!

Classic Matador

  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila (mid-grade “Gold” is fine)
  • 1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Simple Syrup

Shake it in a Cocktail Shaker with ice, Strain into a salt-rimmed cocktail glass.

Modern Matador

  • 1 oz Tequila (mid-grade, again)
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 oz RedBull
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice

Shake it in a Cocktail Shaker with ice, Strain into a salt-rimmed cocktail glass.

Frozen Matador

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 1/4 oz Triple Sec
  • 1/4 cup Pineapple Chunks
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 cup ice

Combine these ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve this one in a highball or Collins glass

July 25, 2008 - Posted by | Cocktails, Liquor, mixed drinks, Recipes | , , , , , , ,


  1. Should the words fruity and matador be used in the same post? Do you think there really are any fruity matadors? That sounds oxymoronic to me.

    Comment by cigarsmokingman | July 28, 2008 | Reply

  2. The matadors I’ve had were not what I would call too fruity nor too sweet. My overall impression is that of a really clean tasting drink, with great balance from the few ingredients. As long as those are decent quality, it’s pretty fool-proof.

    One variation that works tremendously well is the addition of muddled fresh cilantro, about 8 to 10 leaves or so, to give an added edge. Another is to prepare the basic matador, but top with a bit of chamapgne or sparkling wine. The fizz and tartness gives the whole mix a good slant.

    Comment by Eric | August 3, 2008 | Reply

  3. Forgot to mention… skip the salt when topping with the champagne, but keep a bit of it when doing the cilantro version.

    Comment by Eric | August 3, 2008 | Reply

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