Drink of the Week: Toreador

It’s official — we’re going to Mexico for spring break, baby! We booked a week at the all-inclusive Sunscape Dorado in Ixtapa! Woot! The fares came down a bit and we pounced. So to celebrate, a Toreador cocktail. Now, I had never heard of this drink until I was paging through Simon Difford’s Cocktails Made Easy (yet again) and noticed I had all three ingredients on hand: tequila, apricot brandy and lime juice.

It’s like a margarita — and is said to even pre-date Mexico’s iconic cocktail — but one with a sweeter, fruitier flavour thanks to the Bols apricot liqueur. Though I liked it, I will be ordering traditional margaritas while south of the U.S. border. Ole!

Its name is Spanish for "margarita with apricot brandy." Not really, but I thought that sounded about right.


  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz Bols apricot brandy liqueur
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Lime wedge garnish

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

— Recipe courtesy Cocktails Made Easy


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