La Llorona Cocktail {recipe} from the Muy Bueno Cookbook

La Llorona Cocktail, Muy Bueno cookbook
Since we’re heading into the weekend in which most people will be celebrating Halloween, we thought we’d share a very Halloween-esque cocktail recipe out of the new cookbook from the Muy Bueno ladies (which we’re giving away to one lucky TasteSpotter, so make sure you go enter the giveaway then come back here to make this!)…

The cocktail is called La Llorona and this is what it’s about:

This intoxicating drink was inspired by a Halloween night when I was using dry ice in a punch bowl. The eerie trail of wispy smoke created by the dry ice looked like the long, flowing gown worn by La Llorona.

La Llorona, according to ancient Mexican folklore, was a beautiful woman who drowned her children to be with a man and when he wanted nothing to do with her, she lost her mind. In the afterlife, she walks up and down bodies of water, wailing and looking for her children. It’s a conversation starter for a Halloween party, but you can skip the dry ice for a yummy drink year-round.”

La Llorona Cocktail {recipe}

from the Muy Bueno cookbook

Makes 1 drink


3 ounces Pisco Brandy
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1½ tablespoons granulated sugar
Crushed ice
Dash of Angostura bitters
optional: Dry ice (see note)


In a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice, combine brandy, juices, and sugar. Cover, shake vigorously for 15 seconds, and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with a few drops of bitters. Add some dry ice for a spooky effect.

** NOTE **

Dry ice is quite safe to use in drinks, but you should not touch it. Wait for the ice to melt before actually drinking it as it can burn your skin.

{photo: Jeanine Thurston for the Muy Bueno cookbook}

by Sarah J. Gim on October 25, 2012 · 3 comments

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Gina December 14, 2012 at 11:56 am

You need to be careful with dry ice – if swallowed it can cause damage to th throat and gut.


Kate December 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm

A girl in the UK recently had to have her stomach removed after drinking a cocktail with dry ice which perforated her stomach! Not sure this is such a good idea, especially to say it is “quite safe to use in drinks.”


Hannah December 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm

What they mean is that it will not poison you. It will just sublime into thin air- and they do tell you to not consume it in the solid form- As it sublimes at negative 78 degrees Celsius, of course it would perforate your stomach if you drank it. People consuming cocktails should be responsible enough to see this as just a neat tricks and not part of the drink itself.

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