Drink Recipes For Cinco de Mayo 2009

The Paloma Cocktail


After Margaritas, my favorite tequila drink is the Paloma – a refreshing drink made with Tequila Blanca (Silver), grapefruit soda, and a splash of lime juice.

  • 2 oz Tequila (silver)
  • 6 oz grapefruit soda (Squirt, Jarritos)
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice

Rim a glass with salt, add ice, tequila, lime juice. Fill with grapefruit juice, garnish with lime slice. I like Jarritos grapefruit soda, found in the Mexican foods section. Or you can use grapefruit juice and club soda.

The Mexicola

The Mexicola couldn’t be easier – it’s a shot of Tequila in your favorite cola. In a rocks glass, add ice, shot of Tequila, fill with cola – I prefer Diet Pepsi. Squeeze in a wedge of lime to finish.

Margarita Straight Up

The Margarita

For a classic Margarita, check out my 3-2-1 Margarita recipe. 3 parts Tequila, 2 parts Cointreau, 1 part lime juice.

Beer Margaritas

For the brave and party adventurous:

  • 2 (12 oz) bottles of your favorite beer (Modelo)
  • 1/2 cup Tequila (chilled)
  • 1/2 cup frozen limeade (thawed)

Rim 4 glasses with salt, add ice. In a pitcher combine beer, limeade and Tequila. Pour into glasses, garnish with lime wedge, serve immediately.

The Michelada

  • 4 (12 oz) bottles beer
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 limes, cut into 4 wedges each
  • Hot sauce (Tabasco)
  • Worcestershire sauce

Combine the salt and chili powder in a small plate. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of each beer mug and dip into the chili-salt to coat the rim. Squeeze the juice of 4 lime wedges into each mug. Add a lime wedge to the mug and fill with ice. Add 1 bottle of beer, a dash of hot sauce and a dash of Worcestershire sauce and serve immediately.
(Michelada Recipe courtesy of amNY.com

Margarita Recipe 3-2-1 Style

Mix, Lime Juice, Tequila, Cointreau

I’m a new fan of the 3-2-1 Margarita recipe… 3 parts Tequila, 2 parts Cointreau, 1 part lime juice. (Substitute Grand Marnier or Triple Sec for the 2 parts, and to make things sweet and economical, any decent Margarita “Mix” for the 1 part lime juice).

I love my Margaritas with salt, thank you. Strained into a chilled martini glass please. Bliss! This would be a Margarita “straight up”.

Actually, I prefer salt half-rimmed around the glass. That way, you can lick the salt and sip, or just sip from the un-salted part.

Margarita Straight UpPurists will say, “oh, the salt is just there to mask the flavor of low quality tequila”… that may be true, but I enjoy a little salt, just for the experience of a salty/sweet/smooth Tequila cocktail.

And the *best* Margaritas are made with Silver, or Blanco Tequilas, only. Period. Once you go Silver, you’ll never go back to “gold”. Gold being simply a colored tequila. Now, we’re not talking about Anejo or Reposado aged tequilas… While I still think they don’t belong in a proper Margarita… they are wonderful on their own, over ice… sipped. Especially the top shelf varieties.

This post was inspired by a nice Margarita Recipe page at Jeff Heusser’s neonmargarita.com that lists a few varieties of the sexy, sultry Margarita and all “her” variations. Margarita are female, aren’t they?

Nellie & Joe's Famous Lime JuiceJeff lists a 3-2-1 recipe, as well as mentioning he loves Nellie & Joe’s Famous Lime Juice as his secret ingredient. Made with Key Limes, Nellie & Joe’s is in our ‘fridge as an exotic offering of the lime juice component.

Do you like yours straight up or on the rocks? Silver or gold?

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