The Heart of Ardent: Jarrito Loco: It’s a Crazy Ting

My love of Mexico is as big as the country’s borders. And the food and drink of Mexico is a major part of enjoying the country.

The variety of Tequilas in Mexico of course can and should be written about at length, but the purpose of this post is just to share a fun little cocktail recipe for a drink you can enjoy without fuss! I first served it one night for our hosts when we were staying in the Jalisco/Nayarit region. It was based on various drinks I’d had myself over time, and they loved its simplicity.

This is an ideal drink for hot sunny weather; it’s a blend of tequila and grapefruit soda pop, which is a favorite soft drink in Mexico that you can find in Latin shops and some large grocery stores in Canada and the US.

“Jarritos” is a brand name of Mexican soda. (It comes in many flavours such as pineapple, tamarind and mango, many of which work well with tequila, though I made it originally with grapefruit. But if you like the flavours, try a variety!)

Jamaican “Ting”, which we also often have because of Chris’ Jamaican background, works very well with tequila.

You’ll need a mixture of salt with ground cayenne pepper and or crushed red pepper in a small saucer to rim the glass.

Sip the drink through the seasoned rim for the best effect.

Jarrito Loco / A Crazy Ting Ingredients:

2 lime wedges

Chili-salt mixture

1 1/2 oz silver tequila or adjust to personal taste

5-6 oz grapefruit pop or adjust to personal taste

Fresh ice

Preparation:

Run lime wedge around the glass or cup.

Dip the moistened rim in the saucer of chili-salt mixture.

Add ice. Add tequila and top with grapefruit pop. Stir. Garnish with second lime wedge or round slice. Makes 1 drink.

If you want to make an impression at your fiesta, serve the drinks in clay jars. They look great and may even make the drink taste better.

Enjoy!

NOTE: If you have a problem with sugary drinks or are trying to cut calories, diet sugar free grapefruit pop works very well also.

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