Mexican Candy Shot Recipe: Full Guide (2023 Updated)

Last Updated on August 22, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Mexican traditional treats have fragrant spices, salsa, and hot sauce. But you will be pleased to know that you can do something else with the tabasco inside your fridge. 

Even at home, learn how to make a classic drink with this Mexican Candy Shot Recipe. 

The Best Mexican Candy Shot Recipe With Tequila

The Best Mexican Candy Shot Recipe With Tequila

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • .5 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz Watermelon Pucker or watermelon juice
  • Two dashes of Hot Sauce (Tabasco sauce)
  • 1 Lime wedge (garnish)
  • Ice cubes

For Rim

  • 2 tbsps of sugar 
  • Grape juice (lemon or lime )
  • Granulated chili


Prepping The Shot Glass

shot glasses

Place sugar and ground chili on an evenly surfaced plate. Mix. Wet the glass rim with grape juice just enough for the sweet and slightly spicy mixture to cling on. Dip glass and set aside.

Making The Shot

Fill the shaker with ice halfway. Pour in tequila, watermelon juice, and hot sauce. Cover and shake. Take the rimmed shot glass dusted with chili powder and strain mix. Top with the lime wedge as garnish and serve. 

Serving: 1

What Is A Mexican Candy Shot? 

Mexican Candy Shot

Mexican Candy Shot is a sweet and spicy drink inspired by a watermelon-flavored Mexican-style popsicle candy. The traditional liquor version is where they combine tequila and watermelon schnapps. 

Others have already experimented with various-flavored schnapps and mixed them with fruit juices. Some tried it with orange, guava, and other sweet fruit juices. 

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What Does It Taste Like?

This drink is a Mexican lollipop candy shot with sweet and spicy flavors. This drink is a fruit juice-based cocktail with blended flavors – sweet and spicy. The sweet and spicy taste comes from the sugar-coated shot glass rim dusted with granulated chili. 

This blend is the traditional flavor of a Mexican Candy drink. However, some use strawberry juice or guava juice to play with the flavors. Everything simply depends on what the drinker wants to pour into their shot glasses. 

Its Alcohol Content 

Mexican Candy Shot Recipe

The alcohol content of these drinks depends on how much liquor is added. However, a traditional recipe only contains .5 ounce tequila.

The usual Mexican candy drink has three times less alcohol than a regular 12-ounce beer. But what type of alcohol is in a Twisted Tea?

What Is The Best Juice For Mexican Candy Shots? 

watermelon juice

Traditionally, watermelon juice is the main component in a Mexican Candy shot recipe. Watermelon has a refreshing flavor, plus it has a fresh pink color that is appealing to see in a drink.

However, more recipes are created with different ingredients used other than watermelon. People use strawberry, guava juice, and raspberry. Only the Tabasco sauce is consistent, along with the lime and sugar for the rim of the glass. 

Read: How To Make Tequila Jello Shots

Tips In Making Mexican Candy Shots

Mexican Candy Shot Ingredients

The secret to making a good Mexican Candy shot is to ensure the ratio between the juice and tequila is balanced. Adjust it gradually to ensure that your Mexican candy drink is to your preference. 

Start with a 1:2 ratio between your tequila and the juice you want to use for your recipe. 

Lime juice may need more sugar since it is a bit sour. Add your sweeteners (1) gradually while you continue to taste the mix.

Avoid putting too much chili powder to maintain slightly spicy flavors. 

Read: How Long Will A Jello Shot Last?

Variations You May Try

One variation is the Mango Mexican Candy Shot. Instead of using the usual watermelon juice, use mango juice in your recipe.

You can also do Mexican Candy Jello Shots. You can add Jello to your mix in the cocktail shaker and turn it into a different type of drink.

The Mexican Mad Dog is another delicious recipe similar to the Mexican Candy shot. The difference is that raspberry syrup is used instead of liquor. 

You can also try Hot Rod Shooter. Everything in the recipe is retained except for the watermelon liquor. This is replaced with lime juice.

Read: Green Tea vs White Tea Shot


Can you use vodka in Mexican Candy Shot?

Yes, you can use vodka in the Mexican Candy shot recipe since the color of this alcohol is similar to a silver tequila.

However, this is a variation to the recipe and not Mexican anymore since vodka is not a Mexican spirit. 

Is Mexican Lollipop Shot the same as Mexican Candy Shot?

Yes, the Mexican Lollipop shot is the same as Mexican Candy Shot, with just a few variations.

Mexican lollipops have sliced fruit bits mixed with the hard candy recipe, but both are delicious and refreshing drinks.

Drink ”Em Up!

If you are getting ready for Cinco de Mayo, your dinner party will be livelier with this Mexican Candy shot. These drinks are also packed with healthy ingredients. You can check its nutrition facts online. However, make sure you drink it in moderation to avoid jeopardizing your health.

There are even variations that are equally delicious recipes. All you have to do is blend the ingredients, shake them, cut some lime and use it as a garnish on top of a shot glass. You are off to enjoy one of the best from Mexico!



Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.

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