The Siesta Cocktail

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The Siesta Cocktail is a modern tequila-based cocktail recipe made with Campari and a refreshing splash of grapefruit and lime. 

This cocktail has a sophisticated flavor profile that combines a Mexican Tequila with an Italian liqueur, Campari. The result is a refreshingly tangy citrus cocktail perfect for summer evenings.

siesta cocktail

History of the Siesta Cocktail

Mixologist Katie Stipe created the Siesta Cocktail recipe. This cocktail first came on the scene in 2006. Stipe created this tequila-based spin on the Hemingway Daiquiri to celebrate tequila in mixed cocktails.

What You’ll Need

  • Tequila. This cocktail calls for white tequila.
  • Campari. Campari is an Italian liqueur that gives the cocktail a sophisticated vibe.
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Lime juice
  • Simple Syrup
  • Ice
  • A cocktail shaker

How to make this cocktail

  • Add the tequila, Campari, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. 
  • Strain the drink into a cocktail glass and garnish it with a citrus wedge. or dehydrated citrus slice.
refreshing siesta cocktails served in coupe glasses

How to Serve a Siesta Cocktail

Serve this cocktail in a chilled glass garnished with a wedge of fresh grapefruit or lime. 

The best glass for this cocktail is Coupe or a Jack and Jill. You can also serve this drink in a martini glass. 

grapefruit and tequila cocktail served in a chilled glass

What to Serve With A Siesta Cocktail

Tequila cocktails are perfect to serve with all of your favorite Mexican Food Recipes.

Thirsty for more cocktail recipes? 

Summer and cocktails are perfect partners. Check out our summer cocktail lineup and find a new refreshing favorite.

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siesta cocktail recipe in coupe glass

Siesta Cocktail Recipe

The Siesta Cocktail is a tequila cocktail made with tequila blanco, Campari, grapefruit and lime juices, and a little simple syrup. This cocktail is a tequila spin on the Heminghway daiquiri.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 217 kcal



  • crushed ice
  • 2 oz tequila blanco
  • ½ oz Campari
  • ½ oz grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ oz simple syrup


  • grapefuit or lime wedge


  • Fill a cocktail mixer with crushed ice.
    crushed ice
  • Add all of the ingredients to the cocktail shaker. Shake and then pour into chilled cocktail glasses.
    2 oz tequila blanco, ½ oz Campari, ½ oz grapefruit juice, ½ oz lime juice, ½ oz simple syrup
  • Garnish with a grapefruit or lime wedge.



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Serving: 1 cocktailCalories: 217kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 9mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
Keyword campari, grapefruit juice, lime juice, simple syrup, tequila-lime marinade
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