With Cinco de Mayo fast approaching, let’s take a look at two fun and tasty cocktails for the adventurous palate!
Before we get rolling, I will make quick mention of a product that has taken the country by storm.
If you are strapped for time or cash (or both!) click on Skinnygirl Margarita and “forgeddaboutit!” Bethanny Frankel‘s open-and-serve margarita is a quick option for the calorie-counter seeking a festive sip. Simply pour over ice or blend.
Those looking for a heightened marriage of tastes can experiment with equally festive — yet more elaborate — cocktails.
First, the AgaVeeV Margarita is a variation on VeeV Acai Spirit’s Superfruit MargaritaTM, equally suited for the calorie-counter.
There is great balance in this concoction. The ripe acai berry flavor of VeeV and texture of agave nectar combine well with the spicy, mineral-driven character of Siete Leguas Blanco and acidity provided by fresh lime juice.
POM gives the cocktail a lovely color and adds antioxidant power as well. This lower-calorie, antioxidant-rich cocktail is prepared as follows:
AgaVeeV (Agave + VeeV) Margarita (Click for the One-Click Recipe)
• 1oz VeeV Acai Spirit
• 1oz Siete Leguas Blanco Tequila
• 1oz Fresh lime juice
• 1oz Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Blue Agave
• 1/2 oz POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice
• Lime wheel garnish
Combine all ingredients in shaker, fill with ice, and shake. Strain into rocks glass and garnish with lime wheel. Salt the rim of the glass, if preferred.
I first tasted La Tigresa at an interactive mixology session we co-sponsored, and three years later, its taste is still vivid in my memory!
Named after the Argentine boxer Marcela “La Tigresa” Acuña, (as she was known to be rather sweet outside the ring and rather savory within) here’s the skinny on La Tigresa:
La Tigresa (Click for the One-Click Recipe)
• 1 1/2 oz Siete Leguas Reposado Tequila
• 3/4 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
• 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
• 2 Cubes Fresh Pineapple
• 1 Slice Red Bell Pepper
In a clean shaker combine pineapple, red bell pepper and lime juice.
As opposed to the classic “twist-and-pulverize” muddling technique, perform a gentler pressing of these ingredients.
Next, add St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur and Siete Leguas Reposado. Fill with ice and shake it like you mean it! (Remember to wake the concoction up instead of putting it to sleep.)
Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a skewer of pineapple and red bell pepper.
If pairing these cocktails with your favorite South-of-the-Border fare, it may be beneficial to modify the recipes slightly. Simply add a little more lime juice and add a little less sweetener — agave nectar or elderflower liqueur — when mixing. The heightened acidity will provide more enjoyment with everything from ceviche to chilaquiles.
Have a happy and safe Cinco de Mayo! Cheers!