Looking for a delicious new cocktail to try? Why not give the peanut torito cocktail a go. Popular in the state of Veracruz, this Mexican drink is made with peanut butter and 2 different types of milk. It is sweet, creamy, and absolutely delicious!
This may sound kind of strange, but today's drink recipe is a sort of smoothie with alcohol, or a smoothie “for grown-ups” if you will. It’s called “torito” and it is popular in the State of Veracruz, where it is prepared in many different flavors.
If you're ever in Veracruz, be sure to give this unique drink a try. You won't be disappointed!
🌎 History Behind Torito
The torito (or toro) cocktail has a bit of history behind it. The drink is said to have been created by accident in the 1900s. It was an instant hit and has been popular in Mexico ever since!
This recipe here is for the one in Veracruz.
You may know that I have a special attachment to that state, since my mother was born and raised there, and I spent several summers at my grandma’s house in Veracruz. I have also lived there three times, and I hope to one day to live there again or have a house where I can go and spend my vacations.
Torito can be made with so many different flavors! This peanut flavor is one of the favorites, but you can find it in flavors like:
- Dulce de leche
Of course, you can make your own creation using the same basic ingredients and add the fruit or flavoring of your choice.
This drink is commonly served as an apéritif, and besides being sold at specific places dedicated only to the Torito, they can also be found at seafood restaurants in the port of Veracruz and the city of Mocambo.
You don’t have to go all the way to Veracruz, though; check your pantry, and I’m sure you’ll already have some of the ingredients to make it today.
Before I share my recipe, here are a few questions I've been asked about this homemade peanut butter cocktail.
What is aguardiente?
Aguardiente is a type of liquor made from sugarcane. It is popular in Colombia and Mexico!
What if I don't have any aguardiente?
You can swap it out with some rum instead.
Can I make this cocktail non-alcoholic?
Yes, you can! Just leave out the aguardiente and it will still be delicious. Kids can enjoy it too.
Here is a list of ingredients you'll need to make this delicious cocktail recipe...
- Evaporated milk
- Condensed milk
- Peanut butter
- Aguardiente (or rum)
- Ice cubes
Please note: For exact measurements of the ingredients listed above, scroll down to the recipe card located at the bottom of this post!
This recipe for homemade peanut torito is really easy to make! Here's what you need to do:
- Place the two kinds of milk, peanut butter, vanilla, aguardiente/rum, and ice cubes into your blender.
- Blend everything together until it's all smooth.
- Put some extra ice cubes into your glasses and pour the drink.
🍽 Side Dishes
Whenever I serve this cocktail, I love to make a few different appetizers to eat with it.
For some extra peanut flavor, I like to make my son's favorite snack, spicy peanuts with arbol peppers. The spiciness tastes really good with the peanut butter drink!
📚 More Authentic Mexican Recipes
If you enjoyed this recipe for peanut torito, take a look at some of these other authentic Mexican recipes:
- Authentic Mexican Michelada Cocktail
- Frozen Mango Margarita
- Tequila Sunrise Cocktail
- Mulled Wine
- Paloma Cocktail
I hope you make this peanut butter rum drink! If this recipe was of any help to you, come back to let me know your experience. Please leave us a comment done below and tell us all about it!
Peanut Torito Cocktail (Torito de Cacahuate)
- ½ cup Evaporated milk
- ½ cup Condensed milk
- ½ cup Peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla optional
- ½ cup of Aguardiente or Rum*
- 2 cups of Ice cubes
- Extra ice cubes for your glasses.
- Place the two milks, peanut butter, vanilla, aguardiente/rum, and ice cubes into your blender, and blend until smooth.
- Put some extra ice cubes into your glasses and serve the Toritos! Cheers!