El Sueno Cocktail

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Buckle up guys - this cocktail (the brain child of one of my best friends Adam) is going to rock your world.

Mexico City Inspired Happy Hour Menu from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)


An integral part of the Mexico City Happy Hour menu is cocktails! This is exactly how you need to start your happy hour.

We've got citrus (orange and lime), vanilla (I know, kinda weird but go with it) and tequila as the base of this recipe. It's perfection. Word to the wise - when you're picking a Tequila, don't get a super sweet tequila. I'd suggest something super pure like Lalo!

And if you're making this - you might as well make my whole Mexico City inspired happy hour menu! Recipes are all linked above + below!

  • To Start: El Sueno Cocktails – the recipe makes enough for 2 drinks. But it’s easily scalable depending on how many you need to serve. Also you can make this ahead of time and store in a pitcher. Just add ice into a glass and pour in. ** don’t add ice into the pitcher if you prep ahead as it will water down the taste**
  • Next up: Chicken Taquitos! One of my fav quick and easy snacks ever. And puts the store bought ones to shame!
  • Crispy Cheese Quesadillas are basically inside out quesadillas with marinated caramelized mushrooms and OMG they are fantastic.
  • We’re rounding out the happy hour menu with a Traditional Salsa and a Roasted Hot Salsa! Both are freaking phenomenal!

El Sueno

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 4 votes
A vanilla based tequila cocktail inspired by our trip to Mexico City!! It's a fun spin on a margarita and honestly - it's life altering!! Also very easy to make in batches!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 people


  • 4 ounces tequila blanco
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract if you can't find paste)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 3-4 dashes bitters
  • pinch of salt and orange zest twist for garnish


  • Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, give a good stir to mix honey and vanilla paste. Fill cocktail shaker ¾ full with ice and shake for 10 seconds.
  • Strain into chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lime or orange twist.


** Can also be served over ice with a splash of soda water and can easily be made into batch cocktails for a party** 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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  1. This was so good! I’m a craft cocktail person too and I’d be delighted to get this at a restaurant. I did use mezcal because that’s what I had. Also it kinda made maybe 1.25 drinks, but maybe I just like a full coupe glass!

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