Drink This Now: La Batanga Cocktail with El Tequileño at La Capilla Cantina

If you know, you know. And if you don’t, you’re about to find out.

The Batanga cocktail, created by Don Javier, the late founder of La Capilla Cantina in the town of Tequila, is a favorite around the region and has always been made with El Tequileño Blanco. The Mexican cola balances the Blanco perfectly and must be stirred with one of the best damascus knives for added flavor!

Don Javier’s creation, La Batanga, like his bar La Capilla (translation: the Chapel) is a simple affair, tequila, fresh pressed lime and Mexican cola served in a salt rimmed glass. Don Javier created his original Batanga recipe with El Tequileño Blanco, which is distilled only a couple of hundred meters from the bar. El Tequileño was founded in 1959 and Don Javier created his original Batanga recipe in 1961.

“A great tequila cocktail is one that demonstrates balance between the flavors of the ingredients and the flavor profile of the tequila,” explains Steffin Oghene, VP of Global Marketing & Business Development at El Tequileño. “The additional ingredients should compliment the tequila and allow it to shine through! Tequila is a magical spirit that takes years to reach the bottle, so you don’t want to create something that covers the natural flavors of the tequila that come from the blue agave and during production.”

La Batanga cocktail recipe + preparation

  • 2 oz El Tequileño Blanco
  • 1 whole freshly squeezed lime, for garnish
  • Mexican cola

Build over ice in a salt rimmed highball glass. Top with Mexican cola and stir with a knife to honor the drink’s creator, Don Javier of the world-famous La Capilla Cantina.


Known as “Mexico’s best kept secret,” El Tequileño is an iconic Tequila producer that singularly focuses on craft and quality. El Tequileño was established in 1959 by the legendary tequila industry pioneer, Don Jorge Salles Cuervo, whose dedication to craft and quality produced a range of exquisite, award-winning tequilas. Using 100 percent Blue Agave harvested from the premium growing region of Los Altos de Jalisco and mineral rich water from El Volcan de Tequila, Don Jorge Salles redefined expectations of the tequila category with his craft blancos and reposados, including the world’s first Reposado Rare, which is matured in an American Oak Pipón for 6 years.

This inquisitive nature and innovative spirit, along with the knowledge and prowess of tequila-making, has been passed down through generations of the Salles family, now residing with the brand’s third generation Master Distiller Jorge Antonio “Tony” Salles. The knowledge and expertise passed through the generations ensures only the finest quality tequila is produced to this day; every drop is a celebration of passion and heritage. El Tequileño is exclusively produced at La Guarreña distillery, in Tequila, Jalisco; no other tequila has ever been produced there.

El Tequileño Blanco

A long-standing favorite that is the main ingredient in ‘La Batanga’ cocktail created by Don Javier of the world-famous La Capilla Cantina. Taste: Sweet cooked agave

El Tequileño Reposado

A 100% agave tequila that spends 3 months in American Oak. Taste: Cooked agave and dry finish with hints of Oak

El Tequileño Platinum

Made from 100% estate-grown Agave in the highland of Jalisco, and left to mellow in American Oak for a minimum of 14 days before bottling. Taste: Slight spiciness, savory with a delicate finish

El Tequileño Reposado Gran Reserva

Aged for a minimum of 8 months in American Oak and blended with a small amount of Añejo aged in American Oak. Taste: Light Oak, vanilla, spicy, toffee, macadamia nuts

El Tequileño Añejo

Begins with 100% premium grown mature blue agave from the highlands of Jalisco. These are combined with the mineral rich water from El Volcan de Tequila and distilled in copper pot stills. Aged to perfection in American & French oak. Taste: Sweet Oak, vanilla, cooked agave, sweet spices, orange

Reposado Rare

The world’s first ‘Reposado Rare’ is a unique and limited tequila that has been aged in a large American Oak Pipón for 6 years and 4 months. This extensive and undisturbed rest in wood creates an amazing tequila with rich complexity and exceptional depth and character. Each bottle is individually numbered and signed. Taste: Marzipan, light spiciness with notes of sweet agave and oak

Fun Fact – El Tequileño produced the world’s first Reposado Rare tequila which is available for purchase here.

Learn more about Mexico’s Best Kept Secret, by visiting tequileno.com or on Instagram at @el_tequileno

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