Toreador: The Story Behind The Tequila-Based Cocktail
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Friday nights are reserved to take some load off work, catch up with friends, and try out new cocktails. In the world of mixology, each cocktail is celebrated for its unique taste and flavour. While you might only remember Margarita when asked about cocktails that are made from tequila, there’s another cocktail that predates its fame – Toreador.

Toreador has a tangy flavour that is made with tequila, apricot, and lime. While it is sometimes overshadowed by its younger sibling, Toreador has a rich history and a unique flavour, making it a must-try cocktail for your fun Friday night. But before that, why don’t you know a little bit about its origin and variations, followed by an easy-to-follow recipe?

A Brief History of Toreador

The first mentions of Toreador happened back in 1937 when it was published in the Cafe Royal Cocktail Book. It was included in the list of 15 tequila cocktails that were curated by an influential bartender, William J Tarling. As the years passed, only two of those cocktails are still remembered, one being Toreador and another Picador, which is almost identical to today’s Margarita. 

Toreador’s main ingredients are tequila, apricot brandy, and lemon juice, giving it a unique zesty flavour. So, to all the Margarita fans, don’t forget to try that cocktail that was one of the most popular variants 16 years before the recipe of Margarita was even written.

Variations Of Toreador

Thanks to the great adaptability of Toreador, many variations have received appreciation over the years. You can try the variations as per your preference

The Matador: It is made by replacing apricot brandy in Toreador with orange liqueur, giving it a citrus flavour.

The Picador Punch: Toreadors multiplied for you and your friends, served in a punch bowl, will make the Picador Punch.

The Smoky Toreador: To add a smoky touch to the classic cocktail, add mezcal-infused tequila and enjoy a rather bold flavour.

How To Make Toreador?


  1. 45 ml tequila
  2. 25 ml apricot liqueur
  3. 25 ml lime juice
  4. Lemon wedge for garnishing


  1. Add tequila, apricot liqueur, lime juice, and ice in a shaker.
  2. Shake vigorously till the drink is chilled.
  3. Pour it into a clear glass.
  4. Garnish it with a lemon wedge and take a sip.