Cat's Acapulco Recipe - A Taste of Mexico

Cat's Acapulco

Cat's Acapulco Recipe - A Taste of Mexico
Region / culture: Mexico | Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 0 minutes | Servings: 1


Cat's Acapulco
Cat's Acapulco

Cat's Acapulco is a refreshing and citrusy cocktail that is perfect for a hot summer day. This cocktail combines the flavors of rum, triple sec, lime juice, and a touch of sweetness from sugar. The addition of egg white gives the drink a frothy texture, while a sprig of mint adds a fresh aroma to the cocktail.


The origins of Cat's Acapulco are unclear, but it is believed to have been inspired by the tropical flavors of Acapulco, a popular resort town on the Pacific coast of Mexico. This cocktail is a favorite among those who enjoy a light and refreshing drink with a hint of sweetness.


How to prepare

  1. Combine and shake all ingredients, except mint, with ice.
  2. Strain the mixture into an old fashioned glass filled with ice cubes.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve.


  • Substitute the rum with tequila for a Mexican twist.
  • Add a splash of pineapple juice for a tropical flavor.
  • Use agave nectar instead of sugar for a healthier alternative.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to shake the cocktail vigorously to ensure that the ingredients are well mixed and the egg white is frothy.

- Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.

- Garnish the cocktail with a sprig of mint just before serving to enhance the aroma.

Serving Suggestions

Cat's Acapulco is best served chilled in an old fashioned glass with ice cubes. It pairs well with Mexican dishes such as tacos, ceviche, or guacamole.

Cooking Techniques

Shake the ingredients with ice to chill the cocktail and create a frothy texture.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use lemon juice instead of lime juice if preferred.

- Replace the triple sec with orange liqueur.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the cocktail mixture in advance and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Shake well before pouring over ice.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Cat's Acapulco in a chilled glass garnished with a mint sprig for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Cat's Acapulco with spicy Mexican dishes or seafood for a refreshing contrast.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Cat's Acapulco is best served fresh and should not be stored for long periods. Refrigerate any leftover mixture and shake well before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

- 90 calories per serving


- Total Carbohydrates: 3.5g

- Dietary Fiber: 0g

- Sugars: 2.5g


- Total Fat: 0g

- Saturated Fat: 0g

- Trans Fat: 0g


- Protein: 0g

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin C: 6.5mg

- Calcium: 5mg

- Iron: 0.1mg


This recipe contains egg.


Cat's Acapulco is a low-calorie cocktail with a moderate amount of carbohydrates and no fats or proteins. It is a good source of vitamin C.


Cat's Acapulco is a delicious and refreshing cocktail that combines the flavors of rum, triple sec, lime juice, and a touch of sweetness. This cocktail is perfect for a hot summer day and pairs well with Mexican dishes. Enjoy this low-calorie drink with a frothy texture and a hint of mint for a delightful drinking experience.

How did I get this recipe?

I vividly recall the moment I first laid eyes on this recipe for Cat's Acapulco. It was a sunny afternoon in the summer of 1965, and I was visiting my dear friend Cat at her beach house in Acapulco. Cat was known for her exquisite taste in food and her ability to whip up the most delicious dishes with ease. As soon as I walked into her kitchen, I was greeted by the tantalizing aroma of spices and herbs that filled the air.

Cat was busy at work, chopping vegetables and marinating meat for what she called her signature dish - Cat's Acapulco. I watched in awe as she effortlessly moved around the kitchen, adding a pinch of this and a dash of that to her pot of simmering stew. I could tell that this recipe was something special, something that had been passed down through generations and perfected over time.

As Cat worked her magic, she shared with me the story behind the recipe. She explained that she had learned to make Cat's Acapulco from her grandmother, who had learned it from her mother before her. The recipe had been in their family for as long as anyone could remember, and each generation had added their own twist to make it truly unique.

I was captivated by Cat's storytelling as she recounted memories of her childhood spent in the kitchen with her grandmother, learning the secrets of this beloved recipe. She spoke of the love and care that went into every ingredient, the patience required to let the flavors meld together, and the joy of sharing a meal made with such dedication and passion.

As the stew bubbled away on the stove, Cat invited me to help her prepare the side dishes that would accompany Cat's Acapulco. Together, we chopped fresh vegetables, mixed homemade salsas, and fried up crispy tortilla chips. I could feel the bond between us growing stronger with each shared task, as we laughed and chatted about our lives and the memories we had created together.

Finally, after hours of cooking and anticipation, Cat's Acapulco was ready to be served. The moment I took my first bite, I knew that this dish was something truly special. The flavors were rich and complex, with a perfect balance of heat and sweetness that danced on my taste buds. I could taste the history and tradition that had gone into every spoonful, and I felt honored to be a part of this culinary legacy.

As we sat down to enjoy our meal, Cat and I toasted to friendship, family, and the joy of sharing delicious food with loved ones. I knew in that moment that Cat's Acapulco would become a staple in my own repertoire of recipes, a dish that I would cherish and pass down to future generations.

And so, as I sit here now, many years later, recounting the story of how I learned to make Cat's Acapulco, I am filled with gratitude for the friendship and memories that this recipe has brought into my life. It is a reminder of the power of food to connect us, to nourish our bodies and souls, and to create lasting bonds that transcend time and distance. And for that, I am forever grateful.


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