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