Tequila slammer

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Tequila slammer
TypeMixed drink shooter/drink shot
Base spirit
ServedStraight up: chilled, without ice
Standard drinkware
Rocks glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationMix carefully to avoid releasing the dissolved CO2.
NotesVariation — If champagne is used instead of soda pop, the drink is known as a Slammer Royale[1]

A tequila slammer (known in Mexico as a muppet or mópet) is a cocktail served in a rocks glass. It is made with tequila and a highly-carbonated lemon-lime flavored soda or ginger ale.


The drink gets its name from the way it is commonly consumed; the usual procedure is to leave about a fifth of the glass empty to allow the drink to fizz, then to hold one's hand over the top of the glass and then slam it onto a hard surface to mix it. The slamming action releases gas bubbles from the mixed drink causing it to foam vigorously. It will then quickly escape the glass if not imbibed immediately, the result (and intention) of which is swift intoxication.

It can also be served with equal parts tequila, white wine (or champagne), and lemonade, creating a more potent, flavorsome mix.

A Mexican variant known as the "tequila boom-boom" uses tequila, 7-Up (or Sprite), and grenadine syrup.[citation needed]

In media[edit]

One of the first (or certainly most noteworthy) appearances of the tequila slammer is Elvis Presley demonstrating the technique in the 1963 film Fun in Acapulco.

The favorite drink of the protagonist – Inspector "Tequila" Yuen – in John Woo's 1992 film Hard Boiled, played by Chow Yun-fat, is a tequila slammer.

Featured prominently in Jean-Jacques Beineix's 1986 film Betty Blue, but referred to by its alternate name Tequila Rapido.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Slammer Royale". socialandcocktail.co.uk. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "Betty Blue (37,2 Le Matin) – Olive and Tequila Rapido Scene". YouTube. Retrieved 19 March 2021.