La Capilla in Tequila, Mexico

In the town of Tequila in western Mexico there’s a small, non-descript cantina called La Capilla, which happens to be bucket list stop for the world’s cocktail nerds. La Capilla (which translates literally to “the chapel,”) is the home of the batanga, a simple tequila cocktail created by Don Javier Delgado Corona, the bar’s owner, some time in the 1950’s. Now in his nineties, Don Javier can still be found behind the bar, mixing up his famous refresher for tequila-thirsty travelers and locals alike. —Grabriella Porter
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The batanga, invented by Don Javier in the 1950’s, is composed of tequila, fresh lime juice, and Coca-Cola, with a salted rim. Gabriella Porter
Don Javier’s bar La Capilla is a must-see for tequila-thirsty travelers. Gabriella Porter
Don Javier pours tequila into tall glasses. Gabriella Porter
Don Javier claims that his big knife–which he uses to stir drinks as well as slice chiles, limes, and avocados for guacamole–is the secret to the batanga. Gabriella Porter
Gabriella Porter
Gabriella Porter
Gabriella Porter
Gabriella Porter
Gabriella Porter