Paleta Shot Recipe: The Simplest Way to Prepare

What is the best recipe to make a Paleta shot? The Paleta shot drink ( Mexican candy shot) appeared in western Texas, specifically in the city of El Paso.

The existence of such a drink has become a rare thing, especially with the disappearance of many local products that we no longer hear of and the large number of cocktails that rely more on industrial production in recent years without much creativity and exclusivity.

This drink still carries the spirit of the city of El Paso, which is located in West Texas.

The drink took its name from a melon-flavored hard Mexican candy called a lollipop, which was one of the most popular childhood candies.

Where it is served in a cup covered with lemon and Chilean salt, it is called a Mexican candy shot.

Paleta Shot Recipe: The Simplest Way to Prepare

What is a Mexican candy shot made of?

Paleta shot drink is very popular in the region, especially on the eastern side of the city, where rum and cranberries are one of the main ingredients of this drink, so you can drink Paleta shot with friends or on family occasions because it is simply a drink of all-time.

What always sets this drink apart is that it is made from natural ingredients rather than artificial flavors, confirming that this drink has a special and unique imprint.

Let’s find out the ingredients of the Mexican candy shot and how to make it.

Paleta shot recipe


  • 1-ounce tequila
  • 0,5-ounce mango juice
  • 0,5-ounce strawberry juice
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Dash Tabasco
  • Tajin (chile-lime salt), for rim

How to make paleta shots

The Mexican candy shot recipe is simple to make. 

First, mix the liquid ingredients with salt in a cocktail mixer until it cools. 

Straight into two Tajin-rimmed shot glasses. You can add a piece of lemon if you like.

Now your Mexican candy shot is ready.

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