Mint Meets Margarita

Thursday, May 03, 2012

It’s almost here! May 5th! Cinco de Derby! The battle of the margarita and mint julep! 

I've shared the basic recipes above, but if you are looking for a few last minute holiday mash up drink recipes, you’ve found the right place. Here are some good South meets South of the Border Sips.

  • ·         1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
  • ·         1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • ·         4 cups crushed ice
  • ·         1 1/2 cups good-quality tequila
  • ·         1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 8 limes)
  • ·         1 cup Triple Sec

In the bottom of a large (2-quart) pitcher, crush together mint and salt, pressing with the back of a wooden spoon. Add ice. Add tequila, lime juice, and Triple Sec, stirring vigorously. Serve in short tumblers or wineglasses.

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 12 large fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup blanco or reposado tequila
  • 1/4 cup club soda

In a highball glass, mix lime juice, sugar, and mint. Mash mint leaves with the back of a spoon until the sugar dissolves. Fill the glass with ice. Add tequila and club soda; stir to blend.

  • ·         Leaves from 1 medium bunch of mint
  • ·         1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
  • ·         1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ·         1 1/2 cups silver tequila
  • ·         Ice cubes
  • ·         24 ounces chilled club soda

In a large cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves with the sugar and lime juice. Strain into a small pitcher and stir in the silver tequila. Fill 6 highball glasses with ice and pour the cocktail over the cubes. Top each drink with club soda and serve.