The other night I was drinking at a college friend’s house when her older brother asked me to take a sip of a new cocktail he had thrown together in the kitchen. Given his reputation for creatively concocted cocktail originals, I said “why not?” and gave it a sip. I was amazed.

This refreshingly limey drink was named after one of the tallest species of cactus in the U.S., the Saguaro, for the drink’s inclusion of agave and its slightly greenish tinge. However, the creator’s most clever reason for the name resides in the prickly and painful reminder the drinker will encounter if they forget each drink contains a shockingly undetectable two shots of gin.

The Saguaro

  • Prep Time:1 minute
  • Cook Time:2 minutes
  • Total Time:3 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 2 shots gin
  • 2 fresh-squeezed limes
  • 1/2 oz blue agave
  • 2 oz sparkling water
  • 1 cup ice
Photo by Jacqueline O'Reilly
  • Step 1

    Juice the limes, and pour the agave and gin into a shaker.

    Photo by Jacqueline O'Reilly
  • Step 2

    Shake drink until combined.

    Photo by Jacqueline O'Reilly
  • Step 3

    Pour the cocktail into a glass with ice. Top with sparkling water.

    Photo by Jacqueline O'Reilly