La Llorona

As Halloween approaches, I thought I’d make a “spooky” drink. This drink caught my eye, not just for how it looks, but because of its name: La Llorona.

As a kid, we would always hear stories about creatures that would come and get us if we misbehaved. One of them was El Cucuy, Mexico’s version of The Bogeyman. But the one that seemed more “realistic” to me was La Llorona. She was scary, but you also felt sorry for her. I’ve added a few links below in case you’d like to know more about the story.

I came across this recipe in the cookbook Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor. This drink is similar to a margarita, but it uses Pisco brandy, a liquor made in Peru and Chile. The Angostura bitters add a nice touch. And the dry ice makes for a cool looking drink!

La Llorona

La Llorona

3 ounces Pisco Brandy

1 ounce fresh lime juice

1 ounce fresh lemon juice

1 ½ tablespoons agave nectar

Dash of Angostura bitters

Crushed ice

Dry ice (optional), one or two small pieces per drink

Place the crushed ice in a cocktail shaker along with the rest of the ingredients (except dry ice) and shake for 10 – 15 seconds. Strain the drink into a martini glass. Add a few drops of Angostura bitters. Drop one or two small pieces of dry ice and serve.

Make sure to read the safety note below.

About La Llorona:




Dry Ice Safety:

Note: The authors of the cookbook Muy Bueno say this about safety: “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.”




2 replies »

  1. Yes, you can come down to Chicago and mix us a few of those! I am doing a post in a few weeks on Prickly pear margaritas with those exact same cocktail glasses! – Kat

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