The Batanga: Official Tequila Drink Recipe

A few blocks from the central square in the town of Tequila, Mexico, is La Capilla, a small cantina with a rich history and a steady stream of tequila tourists. This must-see tavern is owned and operated by a man in his nineties — Don Javier Delgado Corona, the creator of the popular tequila cocktail “The Batanga.”

The walls of the cantina are filled with photographs of tequila industry giants who have pulled up a bar stool, sipped on a Batanga or a shot of tequila, and listened to Don Javier talk about Tequila’s rich and colorful history.

Don Javier is no stranger to tourists. His guest book, now on its third volume, is thick, heavy, and full of the signatures and stories of his visitors.

As tequila tourists ourselves, we recently made our pilgrimage to La Capilla to meet Don Javier. We asked him to make a batch of Batangas for us (and our camera.) He told us the story of the drink, how it got its name, and the little-known “secret” to its flavor.

 

The Batanga: Tequila Drink Recipe

  1. Use a highball, or tall glass
  2. Use a lime wedge to coat the rim of the glass
  3. Dip the rim in a dish of salt to coat
  4. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 lime into the glass
  5. Add ice to fill the glass to the top (preferably with large-sized cubes)
  6. Add a really generous shot of blanco tequila to the glass, filling it about halfway
  7. Top off the remainder of the glass with Coca-Cola
  8. To honor Don Javier, stir with a big knife, the secret to its flavor

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If you’re planning to visit the town of Tequila, make sure you carve out some time to meet Don Javier, order up a Batanga, and listen to a few stories. Even if you don’t speak Spanish, it’s still a rewarding experience.

La Capilla Cantina
Calle México and Hidalgo
Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico

9 Responses to “The Batanga: Official Tequila Drink Recipe”

  1. My hand doesnt show long enough to be in thhe credits?? :)

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  2. Great show guys, it was funny to see the progression from the version in your “celebration” show to this.

    I just made 2, one with EUA blanco and one with 3 amigo’s repo.

    The repo blows it out of the water. I was sold with the blanco but man, this repo is rocking this drink.

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  3. Thanks for an inspiring article! It’s great someone is sharing, and your insight and expertise is appreciated! I am looking for a good technique to fry salsa chips. I can never get a good consistancy! By the way, I really like the post, what theme are you using? If you’re ever in Louisville, you should check us out!

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  4. I need to expand my repertoire of tequila cocktails, so will give this a try seeing how simple it is.

    But, I have to state the obvious that this is basically the tequila alternative to rum and coke. But I happen to like rum and coke. :)

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  5. Yes, of course. But this one is stirred with a big knife – which is the secret to its flavor! :-D

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  6. “But, I have to state the obvious that this is basically the tequila alternative to rum and coke. But I happen to like rum and coke”

    — “.. but this one goes to eleven”
    -Spinal Tap

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  7. [...] as it may sound, this experience was seriously a magical one. You should take a moment to watch this video of Don Javier at his bar. It is times like these that make me realise how truly blessed I am in in my [...]

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  8. [...] as it may sound, this experience was seriously a magical one. You should take a moment to watch this video of Don Javier at his bar. It is times like these that make me realise how truly blessed I am in in my [...]

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  9. Wandered into La Capilla bar on a Monday afternoon while visiting the region. Just me and another gringo buddy. The bar was “full” of about 15 older local gentlemen having a great get together. Our Spanish was limited but before long we were invited to “drink along” with them. They even offered us some of their appetizers. Come to find out, this group of locals meets there once a month on a Monday and they take turns bringing the food for the day. What a great bunch of men. We had a great afternoon, over drank, and missed our scheduled tour of La Cofradia. Great memory. Salud Don Javier.

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