Mexican Firing Squad

The Mexican Firing Squad first made an appearance in Charles H Baker’s The Gentleman’s Companion, which Baker wrote during the American Prohibition Era. Baker would travel all over the world, collecting exotic drinks to add to his volume, enjoying his booze enormously while America pined and fought over the stuff. Baker stumbled over the Mexican Firing Squad at the famous La Cucaracha cocktail bar in Mexico City in 1937 where it was served without the soda.

Charles H Baker (1895–1987), famed cocktail writer

Line up against the wall, and get blasted.

Mexican Firing Squad

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Serves: 1
Cooking Time: None


  • 50ml oz blanco tequila
  • 25 oz fresh lime juice
  • 25 oz grenadine
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Splash of soda



Shake first 4 ingredients in a shaker tin with ice. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with a splash of soda and garnish with a lime wedge and a cherry


This is another one where you need to use a Collins glass rather than adding too much soda to fill a highball. You only want half as much soda as you have mixed drink. If you only have highballs (like me), then make a double cocktail and be prepared for the consequences.

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