Tequila Matador – Delicious Trader Vic’s Recipe

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Tequila Matador
Tequila Matador

The History Of The Matador Cocktail.

The original Matador (This is not that recipe. This recipe is the more popular trader Vic 1970s recipe) comes from the 1937 Cafe Royal Cocktail Book, a compilation of popular British cocktails in the 1930s. The book was put together by William Tarling, who did not create most of the recipes in the Cafe Royal; he was the president of the UKBG (United Kingdom Bartenders Guild) and head bartender of the Cafe Royal in London. It was well known for its use of tequila cocktails, which at the time was not a popular spirit to mix with. The original matador is a different drink made of equal parts tequila, dry vermouth, and orange liqueur.

Trader Vic’s Matador Variation.

A more contemporary take on the matador, this matador recipe is a tiki cocktail. This recipe is from the 1972 edition of Trader Vic’s Bartending Guide, and it is defiantly the more popular version of this drink. If you are looking for a new tequila recipe, then give the matador a try.

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Learn how to make a Matador cocktail.


  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice

  • 4 oz Pineapple Juice

  • 2 oz Silver Tequila


  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker. Add ice to the shaker.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain into glass to remove ice shards.



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