El Chupacabra

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Food52 Review: This recipe was a finalist in the Best Cocktail Contest. Although it didn't win, the race was very close, and we think this excellent drink deserves a spot in the cookbook. A Pimm’s Cup gone south of the border, the cocktail gets it moniker from a terrifying mythical creature whose name means “goat sucker.” janeymax calls for a couple of ingredients that may require a run to the local package store (Cynar, which is made from artichokes, blanco tequila and Peychaud bitters), but we think it’s well worth the field trip. The combo of cucumber and lemon juice is supremely refreshing, and the slight fizz from the soda water doesn't hurt. Although it’s hardly a sweet drink, you can barely taste the tequila, which makes it extra dangerous, just like its namesake. - A&MThe Editors

Serves 1 drink

  • 1 ounce blanco tequila (Herradura, Dos Manos, and Gran Centenario all work)
  • 1 ounce Pimm's #1
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup (1:1)
  • 1 dash Peychaud bitters
  • 2 pieces sliced cucumber
  • 1/4 ounce Cynar
  • 1 splash soda water
  1. Muddle 1 cucumber slice at the bottom of a shaker.
  2. Add first five ingredients.
  3. Add ice and shake.
  4. Strain into a collins glass with ice.
  5. Top with soda water (to taste).
  6. Float 1/8-1/4 oz. Cynar.
  7. Garnish with a cucumber slice and serve!

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11 months ago Cindy Rucker

My friends and I love this drink! I made it for Cinco de Mayo and it has since become the drink of the summer.


almost 2 years ago Pageevett

This drink sounds fab. Like a soup-ed up pimms cup. Yum. BTW where did the glass come from? I'd like to get some!


almost 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks -- they were a wedding gift from Barney's (long time ago!).


over 2 years ago Yessica

LOL...I must admit I only clicked on the link because of the catchy name. I have no idea what half of the components to this drink are so it i a must try!! Being familiar with the Chupacabra story makes it a plus...hee hee


about 5 years ago MissGinsu

Ha! The name makes me giggle. And I've never heard of Cynar, so that's worth the price of admission right there. Thanks for the education!


about 6 years ago lastnightsdinner

What a fabulous sounding drink, and the name is delightful. Cheers!


about 6 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Yes, it worked this time. Thanks for submitting it! - Amanda


about 6 years ago janeymax

Hi Amanda,

Yes, I had meant to! Did it work now? Great site!

Cheers, Jane


about 6 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Hi Janeymax, do you want to enter this in the summer cocktail contest? Or did you try to and have a problem? Let us know! (And sounds great, by the way) - Amanda