Santa Carla

Santa Carla
  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time:5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes

Jeffrey Morgenthaler, bar manager at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon, calls this easy-to-make and easy-to-sip drink a "silver tequila Collins." It's crisp and light—perfect for a scorching hot day (pool optional but recommended.) A healthy sprig of mint adds aroma, and you can decorate the glass with thinly cut lemon wheels if you want to get fancy.

In the original recipe, Morgenthaler recommends Corzo tequila, but any 100% agave silver tequila will do.


  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 3 dashes grapefruit bitters
  • Sparkling water
  • Garnish: lemon wheel and mint sprig


  1. 1.

    Fill Collins glass with ice. Add tequila, lemon juice, simple syrup, and bitters directly into the glass, top with sparkling water and stir gently. Garnish with lemon wheel and mint sprig.

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