The Dreamcatcher (A Blanco Tequila Cocktail)

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We created this strong but smooth, easy-drinking blanco tequila cocktail in honor of our friends Marissa and Jamie, whose podcast The Dreamcatchers features real people doing inspiring work. Catch our episode wherever you listen to podcasts, and see all of our classic and craft cocktails here.

blanco tequila cocktail in a single old fashioned glass garnished with star anise on a blue background

Why we love this recipe

With just four ingredients, this blanco tequila cocktail has a lot to say. Green Chartreuse brings out tequila’s herbal, spicy characteristics while also adding just enough sweetness. Fresh lime and grapefruit juices round out the balanced flavor profile and make this strong cocktail almost — almost — too drinkable.

What’s in a Dreamcatcher?

To make this simple, fresh blanco tequila cocktail, you’ll need:

  • A good blanco tequila
  • Green Chartreuse
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Star anise, to garnish
collage of eight steps to make a dreamcatcher cocktail

How to make a Dreamcatcher

This easy craft cocktail is ready in just a few minutes. Here’s what you’ll do. You can see the process in action in the video that accompanies this post.

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Pour in tequila, Chartreuse, lime juice, and grapefruit juice.
  • Shake well and strain into an ice-filled single old-fashioned glass. (You could also serve it up (without ice) in a cocktail or coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a star anise and serve.

Types of tequila

Maybe more than any other spirit, tequila means many things to many people. There are three basic styles, one very different from the next. All real tequila is made from 100% blue agave.

  • Blanco: This clear spirit is bottled right after distillation or held in stainless steel tanks for up to four weeks. It retains the flavors and intensity of agave.
  • Reposado: This golden-colored, “rested” tequila has been aged in wood barrels for anywhere between two and 11 months. Its flavors draw partly from the agave, partly from the wood.
  • Añejo: This mahogany-colored, “old” tequila has been aged between one and three years. Its flavors tend to be the most nuanced and complex.

What’s the best blanco tequila for a Dreamcatcher?

We tend to stock Casa Dragones, and that’s what we used to make this cocktail. This top-shelf tequila is about as smooth, sweet and herbaceous as a mid-priced blanco could be. For a mid-shelf, somewhat more affordable option, Don Julio would also be a good choice.

Is tequila gluten-free? Is it vegan?

Yes! Real, good-quality tequila made from 100% blue agave is both gluten-free and vegan. Lesser-quality “mixto” tequilas may not be gluten-free.

What the heck is Chartreuse?

Since 1605, Chartreuse has been produced in France by Carthusian monks from a secret recipe that includes 130 plants. Green Chartreuse, the original product, rings in at 110 proof and is stronger and less sweet than the lesser-known yellow variety. It adds spicy, herbal, and sweet characteristics to this cocktail. For a classic cocktail using green Chartreuse, don’t miss one of our very favorites, The Last Word.

Green Chartreuse is also gluten-free and vegan. (In case you’re wondering, Yellow Chartreuse is gluten-free but not vegan since it includes honey.)

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The Dreamcatcher (A Blanco Tequila Cocktail)

We created this signature cocktail for our friends Jamie and Marissa and their inspiring podcast The Dreamcatchers. Green Chartreuse pairs beautifully with the tequila to bring out its spicy, herbal and citrusy characteristics while adding just the hint of sweetness you need to take the edge off. Meanwhile, fresh lime and grapefruit make this strong cocktail almost too drinkable.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Serves 1


  • 2 ounces blanco tequila (we used Casa Dragones)
  • 3/4 ounce green Chartreuse
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed red grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Star anise, to garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour in tequila, Chartreuse, grapefruit juice, and lime juice.
  3. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass.
  4. Garnish with star anise and serve.

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Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 200

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