Spice up your cocktails menu with a few quick and easy Mexican inspired recipes. The Mexican lifestyle wouldn’t be the same without Tequila and Mezcal, the most popular Mexican Spirits. According to Mexicans, tequila dates back over 2000 years and Jose Cuervo was the first to commercialise the product in the 1800s. Tequila is actually a type of mezcal that is made from the agave plant, the blue agave or Agave Tequilana Weber which can only be found in the region of western Mexico around the town of Tequila, Jalisco. Tequila, which has become the national symbol of Mexico, has earned its popularity among partygoers the world over for its ability to get you drunk fast. Although drinking tequila shots is the most popular way to drink it across the globe, there is some debate about the “correct” way to shoot it (which comes first the salt or the lime?), how do the Mexicans do it? Well tequila connoisseurs say that it is a complete waste to shoot a fine tequila or mezcal, and they recommend that it be sipped, either alone or with sangrita, a mixture of tomato, orange juice and lime juice, spiced with chili powder. Alternatively you could combine your tequila with a few other ingredients to conjure up some delicious cocktails. Here we share the top 5 Mexican Cocktails, which is your favourite?
Undoubtedly one of the best and most popular Mexican drinks is Sangria. Especially enjoyable when shared in a group, sangrias are synonymous with fiestas.
|Ingredients•1/2 cup sugar •½ cup tequila •1/2 cup lemon juice, fresh •1/2 cup orange juice •1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur •1 (750 ml) bottle Burgundy wine •1/2 lemon, sliced •1/2 orange, sliced •ice Directions 1.a plastic container (with lid) combine sugar, lemon& orange juices, liqueur and wine; stir. 2.Refrigerate for several hours. 3.Pour into pitcher add lemon and orange slices. 4.Serve over ice||
When you think of margaritas, you think of fun. Try this simple recipe to wow your patrons.
|Ingredients •Lime wedge •Coarse •1/4 cup fresh lime juice/1 large lime •1/4 cup silver 100% agave tequila •1/4 cup orange liqueur •1/2 cup ice cubes Directions 1.Rub the rims of 2 martini glasses with a lime wedge, then dip the rims in a dish of course salt. 2.Refrigerate the glasses if desired. 3.In a shaker, combine the lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur. 4.Add ice and shake 10 to 15 seconds, then strain into the prepared glasses.|
3. Tequila Sunrise
No Mexican Fiesta would be complete without tequila. Try this Tequila Sunrise cocktail.
|Ingredients •2 ounces tequila •4 ounces orange juice •3/4 ounce grenadine Directions 1.Place ice cubes in a glass. 2.Pour in tequila and orange juice. 3.Slowly pour in grenadine and allow it to settle at the bottom of the glass before serving. 4.Do not stir. 5.Serve. 4.Rosita The less common, but equally delicious Rosita is made from tequila and Campar|
|Ingredients•2 oz. reposado or blanco tequila •Juice from 1/2 a lime •Pinch of salt •Grapefruit soda (Jarritos works well) •Ice cubes •Glass: highball •Garnish: lime wheel Directions 1.Pour tequila into a glass 2.Squeeze in the lime juice 3.Add the ice and salt 4.Fill the glass with grapefruit soda 5.Stir and garnish||