Ancho Reyes Cocktail | Cucumber Cocktail

Ancho Reyes is a delicious Mexican liqueur with a touch of spicy heat. Combine that with cucumber and you’ve got a mouthwatering explosion of flavors. This Mexican cucumber cocktail is prefect for all of your fiestas!

Glass filled with spicy cucumber cocktail made with Ancho Reyes liqueur.

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Ancho Reyes

Have you ever heard of the Mexican liqueur called Ancho Reyes?

I discovered it a few years back in Mexico, it’s also available in the US. Maybe not as widely available as in Mexico, but you can do a quick Google search for it locally where you live. I have seen it on several online US stores.

I highly recommend if you have an opportunity to give this liqueur a taste, you won’t regret it.

It’s the perfect addition to any cocktail recipe that you want to give a touch of heat to. If you like spicy and want to do a shot, I recommend serving it over ice, not sure why but to me that was perfect. Hey, on a cold winter day you could do a room temperature shot to warm you right up.

Original and Verde

The company has 2 varieties.

There’s the “original”, which is red bottle. Then the verde is a green bottle. Read below to see the differences.

The alcohol content is 40% Alc/Vol. (80 Proof)*.

Ingredients for cocktail are Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, cucumbers, lime juice, chile and salt for rim and ice cubes.
Ingredients for Spicy Cucumber Cocktail

What is Ancho Reyes Made Of

This smoky and spicy Mexican liqueur is made from ancho chiles — which in case you didn’t know, are matured and dried poblano peppers.

The Ancho Reyes Verde is made from young poblano peppers.

According to their website each poblano pepper is hand selected and prepared to make both of the liqueurs. In the case of the red the poblanos are allowed to mature until red then sundried before being prepped. The verdes are picked just like all poblano peppers, while their still young.

For Ancho Reyes Original, chiles are sun-dried for between 15 to 20 days to become ancho chiles. The dried chiles develop a rich, smoky, and fiery flavor.

For Ancho Reyes Verde, a portion of the poblano chiles are fire roasted. The poblano chiles express a bright, crisp, and fresh heat.

Where is it Made

Ancho Reyes is made in Puebla Mexico.

The company states that it’s been made since the 1920s.

What Does it Taste Like

The taste is smoky and a little bit of spicy. But it isn’t an overwhelming heat, it’s still subtle.

When you pair it with the cucumber the taste is amazing!

It’s a tad spicy and smoky, a little tart and incredibly refreshing.

Cucumber Cocktail

I got the idea for this cocktail recipe based on one of my favorite Mexican snacks, pepinos con chile. It was pretty obvious that this had to happen. Haha!

Healthy Cucumber Snack
Pepinos con Chile

How to Make This Cucumber Cocktail

Making this spicy cucumber cocktail is incredibly easy. Plus it’s perfect for the fast approaching warmer weather — oh and Cinco de Mayo too!

Step #1

You’re going to begin by rimming the glass with lime then Tajin or just ground chile and a little salt. Then blend the fresh cucumber with a little bit of water, to make the cucumber juice. Set aside then place plenty of ice into your glasses.

Chile liqueur Ancho Reyes being poured over ice cubes.
Spicy Chile Liqueur over Ice Cubes

Step #2:

Pour the liqueur over the ice cubes, then the freshly squeezed lime juice, and the blended cucumber juice. Give the cocktail a good mix.

Step #3:

The best part! Serve immediately and enjoy.

Mixing a spicy cucumber cocktail drink.

What if You Don’t Have Ancho Reyes

You can use silver tequila and add as much ground chile to the mix. The taste won’t be the same but it’ll still taste delicious.

Spicy cucumber cocktail served in a short glass with plenty of ice cubes.
Glass filled with spicy cucumber cocktail made with Ancho Reyes liqueur.

Ancho Reyes Cocktail | Cucumber Cocktail

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Ancho Reyes is a delicious Mexican liqueur with a touch of spicy heat. Combine that with cucumber and you’ve got a mouthwatering explosion of flavors. This Mexican cucumber cocktail is prefect for all of your fiestas!
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Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Course cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 servings
Calories 128 kcal


  • ¾ cup peeled and chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup cold water
  • ice cubes
  • 3.5 oz Ancho Reyes liqueur
  • 2 oz lime juice freshly squeezed
  • half whole lime sliced and to decorate
  • whole cucumber sliced and to decorate


  • Rim the glass with ground chile or Tajin. Blend the chopped cucumber with the cold water. Strain through a fine sieve and discard leftover pulp.
    Ice cubes in a glass ice getting ready to have spicy liqueur poured over them.
  • Fill cocktail glass with ice cubes, pour in the Ancho Reyes then lime juice. Pour in ½ cup of the blended cucumber and stir to well combine.
  • Serve with a lime and cucumber slice. Enjoy!
    Mixing a spicy cucumber cocktail drink.


*Please notice that the calorie count is an estimate. Please read the back label of the Ancho Reyes to get accurate calories for it. Thanks!


Serving: 2servingsCalories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 102mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
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Spicy Ancho Reyes cocktail served inside a glass with lots of ice cubes and a slice of lime and cucumber with a view from above.
Salud to this delicious Ancho Reyes Spicy Cucumber Cocktail!

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    1. Hi Dave! I don’t believe you can. But I did find like 3 other places online in the US. You can do a quick search to see what comes up locally. Enjoy!