Created on August 6, 2023

Welcome, lovers of all things sweet and spicy! Buckle up as we journey down a unique and tantalizing cocktail route – the Mexican Candy Shot. If you're one to appreciate exotic flavor combos, then this shot will certainly light up your tastebuds and add some sizzle to your party nights.

Pink-red Mexican Candy shot in a shot glass rimmed with Tajin seasoning.


  • 1 Ounce Tequila
  • ½ Ounce Watermelon Pucker Schnapps
  • 2 Dashes Hot Sauce
  • 1 Lime Wedge
  • Tajin Seasoning


  1. Rim a shot glass by running a lime wedge around the rim, and dipping it in Tajin seasoning.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
  3. Pour the tequila, watermelon pucker schnapps, and hot sauce into the shaker.
  4. Shake for about 15 seconds.
  5. Strain into the shot glass.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • Chill Your Glass: Place your shot glass in the freezer for a few minutes before you begin. It'll make the shot much smoother, and more refreshing.

  • Layering: Pour the Watermelon Pucker first to form the sweet base, then smoothly layer the Tequila on top to make your shot pop!

  • Control the Heat: The Tabasco sauce provides the signature fiery kick to this shot. However, the heat level can be flexible. Adjust the amount of Tabasco to match your or your guests' tastes.

  • Experiment with Flavors: For a zesty twist, consider using a lime-infused Tequila. If you prefer a sweeter shot, try adding a touch of grenadine. Try using different types of schnapps too, like strawberry schnapps!

  • Garnish: Don't skip the garnish! A fresh slice of watermelon or a lime wedge not only makes your shot look more appealing, but it can also add an extra pop of flavor.

What's In A Mexican Candy Shot?

The Mexican Candy shot’s unique combination tequila, watermelon Pucker schnapps, and hot sauce, create a great mix of sweet and spicy, giving it a distinct place in the world of cocktails. Watermelon Pucker serves as a sweet, fruity base that beautifully contrasts the Tequila's robust flavor. The playful addition of Tabasco takes you by surprise, offering a fiery kick that makes this shot a real showstopper.

The Best Tequila for a Mexican Candy Shot

When it comes to Tequila for your Mexican Candy shot, a smooth, silver Tequila is the best choice. It ensures the sweetness of the Watermelon Pucker takes center stage. We recommend Jose Cuervo Silver, renowned for its light, peppery notes. This Tequila nicely complements the cocktail's spiciness without overpowering the sweet, fruity flavors.


While the Mexican Candy shot has become a popular choice in bars worldwide, its exact origin date is unclear. The shot reflects the Mexican tradition of combining sweet and spicy flavors, reminiscent of Mexican candy.

This combination suggests that the Mexican Candy shot likely originated in Mexico, but the exact date of creation is not well-documented.

As with many cocktails and shots, the Mexican Candy shot might have been invented by a creative bartender experimenting with available ingredients. Over time, the cocktail gained popularity and became a staple on menus in bars and restaurants around the world.

Despite the lack of specifics on its creation date, the Mexican Candy shot continues to be a beloved choice for those who appreciate its sweet yet fiery kick.


What Does A Mexican Candy Shot Taste LIke?

A Mexican Candy shot offers a complex yet balanced combination of sweet, spicy, and sour.

The Watermelon Pucker imparts a sweet, fruity burst that beautifully counters the robust, slightly peppery notes of the Tequila. The addition of Tabasco brings a playful, lingering heat that makes each sip unique and exciting.

This blend of sweetness, spiciness, and robust flavor makes the Mexican Candy shot a vibrant and adventurous taste journey.