Mexican Cocktails – Cocktails from around the World
Mexican cocktails are nearly as well known as the fantastic range of food that comes from this fun-loving nation and are generally concocted from a few simple ingredients,often including tequila – which is a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant. From the world-famous Margarita to the grapefruit-based Paloma cocktail, which is also a cocktail with tequila, Mexican cocktails have a reputation that goes head to head with any nation on earth and we have selected the following 5 Cocktails to represent this fiery nation:
The Margarita is probably the most popular of all the Mexican cocktails and is a classic cocktail with tequila. The Margarita can be served on the rocks, neat or frozen. The drink is commonly served with a salted rim and also now comes in several variations, such as the Golden Margarita and the Mango Margarita. There are various claims about the origins of the Margarita, but the most popular tale was that it was invented by bartender Don Carlos Orozco, in Mexico in 1941. The story goes that Don Carlos was experimenting with new drinks when the daughter of a German ambassador came into his bar. He offered her a new drink, which she loved and he named it after her – Margarita Henkel.
The Paloma cocktail, which is Spainish for “dove”, is a cocktail with tequila, most commonly prepared by mixing tequila with a grapefruit-flavored soda or grapefruit juice. Optionally, the glass may also be rimmed with salt. Alternatively, the grapefruit soda can be replaced with fresh white or red grapefruit juice club soda and fresh-squeezed lime juice. The first published recipe for the Paloma cocktail is attributed to Evan Harrison in a pamphlet entitled, “Popular Cocktails of The Rio Grande.”
50 ml Tequila, 27 1/2 ml Pink Grapefruit Juice, 20 ml Sugar Syrup, 10 ml Lime Juice, Pink Grapefruit wedge
How to make a Paloma Cocktail
Chill highball glass. Add all ingredients into highball and fill to brim with ice. Stir with bar spoon for 10 seconds. Top up with fresh ice and top up with soda. Add straw and garnish with wedge of pink grapefruit.
The Bloody Maria is a Mexican twist on the classic Bloody Mary cocktail where the vodka is replaced with the Mexican national drink – Tequila.
45 ml Tequila, 90 ml Tomato Juice, 15 ml Lemon Juice, 1 dash Tabasco Sauce, 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce, 1 dash Salt, 1 dash Pepper, Celery Stalk
How to make Bloody Maria
Add dashes of Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco, salt and pepper into highball glass, then pour all ingredients into highball with ice cubes. Stir gently. Garnish with celery stalk.
If you are looking for a Mexican-themed cocktail but find the classic Margarita just a little too tart, then the Tequila Sunrise might be the best cocktail for you.The Tequila Sunrise is a little sweeter, but still has Tequila as its main ingredient. It has several tasty variations such as the Southern Sunrise and the Aperol Sunrise.
50 ml Tequila, 80 ml Orange Juice, dash Grenadine Syrup, Lime wedge, Orange slice
How to make a Tequila Sunrise Cocktail
Add tequila into highball glass. Top up with ice. Add freshly squeezed orange juice, squeeze of lime and dash of grenadine syrup.
Not a cocktail with tequila, but of all the Mexican cocktails featured, this popular Mexican preparation with beer, lime juice and various spices, sauces and peppers may be closest to the Mexicans peoples hearts. It is typically served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass. Micheladas are considered a popular hangover cure in some parts of Mexico.
300 ml Beer, juice from 1 Lemon, 2 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce, 1 dash Soy Sauce, 1 dash Tabasco Sauce, 1 pinch Black Pepper
How to make a Michelada
Mix all ingredients in a tall high glass with lots of ice. Add beer, mix and serve.