Last quarter I took a mixology class, yes.. I got to make drinks for class credit, but it has honestly become a resource as of late. I can whip together a drink for friends without much concern of how it will turn out and know how to spin classics a bit better. I’m still no bartender, but I’ve at least got some basic skills. For cinco de mayo, after a workout and with no desire to go out, I threw together a simple dinner for my roommate and I consisting of a watermelon margarita and some chili lime shrimp tacos. This recipe is easy to adapt so see below for some more options!
2 oz (1/4 cup) silver tequila – I like Espolon Blanco
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz watermelon juice (or other fruit juice)
1 oz orange juice
1 tsp agave or other sweetener
salt & lime wedge to garnish
Prepare glass by running lime around edge and then dipping into salt. In a shaker, mix all ingredients (start with the juices first, then sweetener, then tequila and finally ice). Shake for 30-50 seconds. Pour into glass (you can add a large ice cube to the glass when you pour although not necessary).
Omit the fruit juice and increase the lime juice if you decide.
Add crushed fruit to the bottom of the shaker and adjust lime juice to your liking.
Change up the fruit juice used – ie. mango / grapefruit / etc.
special note – make sure to use fresh juice as it makes the flavor SO much better!