La Capilla in Tequila, Mexico

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La Capilla in Tequila, Mexico
Gabi Porter
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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.
Don Javier's bar La Capilla is a must-see for tequila-thirsty travelers.
Don Javier pours tequila into tall glasses.
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.