Trader Vic’s Original Durango Cocktail Recipe

This is exactly the same structurally as the Paloma but it substitutes orgeat(almond) syrup for the normal simple syrup. Where the Paloma has a refreshing clean grapefruit flavor, the orgeat gives the Durango a really cool nutty and cherry-ish flavor.

The earliest reference I can find of this, is in Trader Vic’s 1972 revised bartending guide. The original 1947 edition did not have any tequila cocktails in it.

Durango Cocktail
Durango Cocktail

Durango ingredients:

  • 45 mls (12oz) Silver Tequila
  • 45 mls (2.5 oz) Grapefruit Juice
  • 15 mls (1/2 oz) Lime Juice
  • 15 mls (1/2 oz) Orgeat
  • 60 mls (2.5 oz) Soda Water

Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in a shaker with ice. Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted. Pour into the serving glass. Lastly add the soda water.

ABV = 10%

Most likely Originated from Oakland CA, USA


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