El Chipilo Cocktail Recipe

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Chipilo Cocktail Recipe

I’m calling my fancy new tequila and Aperol cocktail the Chipilo cocktail—an imbibe that drinks like a spicy margarita with a splash of Aperol, angostura bitters, and Tabasco sauce (which is optional). What you get is a subtly spicy cocktail with sweet citrus and bitter orange notes. It’s incredibly refreshing and highly recommended for all my margarita lovers out there.

Why the Chipilo cocktail? Well, Chipilo is a small city in Puebla, Mexico where Italian immigrants settled in the late 1800s. It’s known as a little piece of Italy in Mexico. Just like a splash of an Italian aperitif in a very familiar feeling tequila cocktail.

What’s in It?

This cocktail is made with tequila, Aperol, simple syrup (sugar and water), fresh lime juice, Angostura bitters, and optional Tabasco sauce. If you like a spicy margarita, you will LOVE this drink.

How to Make the Chipilo Cocktail

Combine all ingredients in a Boston shaker with a large cup of ice and shake. Strain into a chilled double old fashioned glass over fresh ice cubes or a giant ice cube. Garnish with a lime wheel. This is a great cocktail to make in batches this summer.

You can enhance this cocktail a little further with brûléed lime or lemon wheel garnishes. Sprinkle a little sugar on your citrus of choice and brûlée with a kitchen torch. This will add smokey notes to the cocktail and elevates the whole drinking experience.

Happy cocktailing!

Chipilo Cocktail Recipe
4.67 from 3 votes

El Chipilo Cocktail Recipe

Servings: 1 cocktail
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
A spicy Italian twist on a tequila cocktail. Picture a tangy margarita with a touch of heat, orange, and bitters.


  • 1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce Aperol
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • 1-2 dashes Tabasco, optional


  • Combine all ingredients in a Boston shaker with a cup of ice. Shake vigoursly for 10 seconds and strain into a double old fashioned glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lime wheel.


The Tabasco adds a really nice spicy kick. If you like spicy margaritas, you will love it. Use a small drop to start with. A little goes a long way.


Serving: 1gCalories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 18.7gProtein: 0.1gSodium: 11mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 5.4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
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About Shawn Williams

My name is Shawn, author behind Kitchen Swagger. I'm a food & drink enthusiast bringing you my own simple and delicious restaurant-inspired recipes.

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  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely fantastic. The wife asked me to come up with something with tequila and aperol and boom, looky here.

    If you want to take this in a smoky mai tai direction, sub orgeat for the simple syrup and then add a splash each of dry curacao and mezcal.

  2. 5 stars
    This cocktail is so delicious! Perfect when you’re looking for Margarita flavors, but with a unique twist. Love the heat too. Will be making these regularly. Thank you!