How to Make a Mexican Candy Shot with Tequila

mexican candy shot recipe

Are you looking for a fun shot to add to your arsenal of drink recipes?  

I am about to teach you how to make one of the best shot recipes around.  It’s fruity and sweet with a nice spicy kick.  The sweet and spicy flavors will have your taste buds on high alert.

The Mexican Candy Shot is a fun recipe to play around with.  You might also hear it be called the Mexican Lollipop Candy Shot.  

The idea behind it is that it is supposed to taste like a Mexican hard candy lollipop.  When you taste it you’ll understand how the name of this drink came to be.

If you like spicy drinks with some sweet flavors mixed in, this is something you should try. 

The Main Ingredients for the Mexican Candy Shot

Mexican Lollipop Shots are made with only a few ingredients.  The exact amount of each ingredient is listed in the recipe card below.


This is a tequila shot recipe so you’re going to need tequila.  I like using silver tequila which is also known as white tequila.  

You don’t need an expensive brand for this recipe.  If you have a favorite tequila feel free to use it. 

Watermelon Schnapps

A common ingredient for this recipe is Watermelon Pucker Schnapps.  You’ll be able to find it in just about any liquor store.  It really makes the shot taste like the popular Mexican candy.

Hot Sauce

The spicy part of this drink is pretty important.  

Use your favorite hot sauce.  You can use Franks Red Hot or Tabasco Sauce.  They are both easy to find.

Lime Juice

Make some fresh lime juice for this drink.  It only takes a few seconds and is well worth it.


A great garnish for this shot is Tajin seasoning. It’s a mix of dried chili peppers, dehydrated lime and salt.  This popular Mexican seasoning is sold in most grocery stores.

You can also add a lime wedge or a watermelon candy.

How to Make the Mexican Candy Shot

Making a delicious Mexican Candy Shot is pretty easy.  Just follow a few quick steps and you’ll be all set.

Take a shot glass and rim it with the chili lime salt. 

Shot glass wit chili lime salt

Here’s a helpful tip. It helps to wet the rim of your shot glasses with lime juice or simple syrup first.  

This will make the Tajin stick to the rim of the glass and add some extra flavor.

mexican candy shot recipe-Shaker with full ice cubes

Start off with a cocktail shaker full of ice cubes.  Add your tequila, Watermelon schnapps, lime juice and a dash of hot sauce.

Shake it well

Shake it up really well for about 15 seconds.

Strain the contents of the shaker into the shot glass and garnish it with a lime wedge.

mexican candy shot recipe-Garnish with lime wedge

Once you make it there’s a good chance this will be your new favorite shot.

The Mexican Candy Shot FAQs

What if I don’t have Tajin spice?

No Tajin?  No problemo.  It’s not mandatory that the shot glass rim gets garnished with Tajin.  

You actually don’t need a garnish at all. But if you don’t have Tajin and want to use something to add flavor to the rim, you can use chili powder, lime zest and a little salt.  It will give you a flavor that is similar to Tajin.

What are some variations to this Mexican Candy Shot recipe?

If you want to try out some new ways to make this shot these are some ideas.

Serve it over ice in a rocks glass, add some watermelon juice and turn it into a Mexican Candy drink.

Use mango schnapps instead of the watermelon schnapps and make it a Mango Mexican Candy Shot.

Use a habanero hot sauce if you’re someone that likes an extra kick of heat.

Can this Mexican Candy Shot recipe be made for a crowd?

Yes.  Take the recipe and scale it up so you have a large Mexican Candy Shots recipe.  Prep your shot glasses in advance and make a big batch of these shots.

mexican candy shot recipe

Mexican Candy Shot with Tequila

Scott Kelleher


  • 1 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz watermelon pucker schnapps or other watermelon liqueur
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • Lime wedge
  • Tajin


  • Rim your shot glass with Tajin.
  • Fill a large bar shaker with ice.
  • Combine tequila, Watermelon schnapps, lime juice and hot sauce into the shaker.
  • Shake it up really good for about 15 seconds.
  • Strain mix from the shaker into a small glass that is already rimmed with Tajin.
  • Garnish it with a lime wedge or piece of watermelon candy.
  • Enjoy!
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