Mexican Cocktail Appetizer

"Adapted from the Restaurant “Hook Line & Sinker” in Dallas, Texas. While in Dallas on business we run into the always busy Hook Line & Sinker (located at 3103 Lemmon Ave.) and order the Mexican Cocktail our favorite appetizer – you can order it “Spicy” or “Regular”. I have dreams about this appetizer way down in Lake Charles, LA (where I live) – so my boss and I went to duplicate the recipe. One of the waiters shared the tidbit about the “special” sauce! I know it sounds strange to use the soda and ketchup; trust me it is delicious!"
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4 cup




  • Pico de Gallo: Mix together the chopped tomatoes, onion, minced jalepeno and chopped cilantro then squeese the juice of one lime over mixture. Set aside while preparing other ingredients.
  • Secret Sauce: Whisk together in mixing bowl the can of lime soda, bottle of ketchup, teaspoon of Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper.
  • Putting together the Mexican Cocktail - Present the Mexican Cocktails in clear medium or tall soda fountain glass or margarita glasses.
  • Layer a spoonful of salad shrimp into the bottom of each glass, then spoonful of cubed avocado, and spoonful of Pico de gallo & a little chopped cilantro; repeat until you reach top of glass. Slowly pour sauce mixture over glass contents until you reach ½ inch from top of glass. Garnish with more avocado and lime slice on side of glass. Enjoy!

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  1. this stuff is awesome!!! I had something very similar at a local Mexican restaurant and this is better! I like to serve saltine crackers with it. Excellent!!!
  2. I can't believe I didn't give this a review! It is awesome & so flavorful. We made it several times & it is always a hit. For our family if we add a side of tortilla chips, it makes a light & filling meal. :) Thank you for posting!


I have lived in Lake Charles, LA for the last 6 years; transferring with my job from Dallas, TX. I am married to a wonderful man from Lake Charles and our combined children (his two boys and my one daughter) are grown and in the process of forging their own careers and lives. We are very fond of our two Chihuahuas named Margarita and Cinco they keep us on our toes, as it should be. Cooking, party planning and entertaining has always been a passion and hobby of mine - I just did not realize how much until the last ten years. I have been known to jump at the chance to cater a friends baby shower, or friend's son graduation party - it is my therapy and my joy. If anyone should happen to mention the topic of cooking or recipes I cannot contain my enthusiasm - I'm a true "foodie". To have a favorite cook book is difficult to list I easily have over 100, two of my sentimental favorites are: "San Francisco a la Carte" and "In Julia's Kitchen With Master Chef's"; both of which were gifts from special people in my life at special times. The Julia Child cookbook is also signed by Julia Child and will forever be one of my prized possessions.
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