Cocktail of the Week: Coronela

Cocktail of the Week: Coronela

by Stephanie Nolasco

If there’s one thing you must have in your bar at all times is orange juice. Forget the fancy glasses, too expensive shakers, or heavy duty muddlers. Freshly squeezed OJ is the key to creating some of the easiest drinks that’ll satisfy anyone, including the seductive Double Dare, thirst-quenching Breakfast Caipirinha, or the spicy Mari Mercedes. After all, who doesn’t love a quick pick-me-up? Orange juice is affordable and can add a breathtaking golden hue to any recipe with little effort. Even blood oranges can transform a bland martini into a ruby red treat that’s sure to light up any fiesta or dinner for two. Plus, orange juice tastes great any time of the year, so you don’t need to wait for a specific season to add some zest in your life. A frosty orange cocktail or a simmering number will also leave you feeling at ease after facing a harsh winter. If you’re looking for a tart, yet full-bodied drink that’s loaded in natural citrus juices, you’ll love the latest creation that’s a hit in Mexico.

The Coronela isn’t your typical orange cocktail and we couldn’t be more thankful for that. It’s reminiscent of a margarita all due to a light touch of salt to awaken your taste buds, along with smooth tequila to instantly relax you. On the other hand, it’s similar to a classic, sparkling Tom Collins because its usage of lemon juice and sweet, ripe cherries make it highly refreshing. The Coronela has three types of juices and it’s almost like having two cocktails without all the manual labor. Plus, using the right tequila will give the cool Coronela a luminous honey color with notes of delicate plums. Have it all tonight, this weekend, or any day (or night) of the year because when it comes to the Coronela, there’s never a wrong time to get your dose of vitamin C.

Coronela Recipe

1 ½ oz. Tequila (We used 1921 Reposado)
A pinch of salt
½ oz. Lemon juice
2 oz. Orange juice
5 oz. Grapefruit soda
1 Orange slice
1 Cherry

Add each ingredient in a cocktail shaker and shake. Pour in a Collins glass with four ice cubes. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.


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