In 1862, the great nation of Mexico held off Napoleon’s invading forces after a lengthy battle. What better way to celebrate the most festival of occasions than with a great drink? It’s the best holiday Mexico ever invented! Here’s a few recipe ideas for your consideration during this swell symbol of spring’s arrival!
Korbel Citrus ‘Rita
2 oz. Korbel brandy
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 oz. agave nectar
1/4 oz. triple sec
Combine all ingredients and pour over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.
Garnish with orange slice and lime wedge.
Korbel Brandy-Pear Sangria
1/2 cup Korbel brandy
1 750ml bottle Sauvignon Blanc
2 red bartlett pears, chopped
2 yellow bartlett pears, chopped
1 orange, sliced
1/2 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
1 1/2 oz. triple sec
2 Tbsp. sugar
12 oz. of Sprite or 7-Up
Chop one red and one yellow pear into bite size pieces, and reserve the other pears for serving. Combine all ingredients except the Sprite into a pitcher, cover and store for a few hours. Stir once before serving to re-mix any remaining sugar. Serve chilled over ice with fresh pear, orange and lemon slices and add a splash of Sprite or 7-Up. Makes 6 – 8 cocktails.
(Author’s note: this was absolutely incredible, and went over very well at a pre-Cinco gathering this past weekend. Home run recipe!)
Ole Smoky Moonshine Margarita
2 oz. Ole Smoky Moonshine
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. triple sec
Combine Ole Smoky Moonshine, lime juice, simple syrup, and triple sec with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and serve over ice, dressed with a squeeze of fresh lime juice. For garnish, combine salt and sugar with zest of lime for rim of glass.
Combine Tequila Don Julio Reposado, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice and agave nectar into a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain contents into a highball glass over ice. Garnish with grapefruit wheel and lemon wedge.
Add a slice of fresh papaya and agave nectar to your mixing glass. Muddle to release the papaya flavor. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain over ice, and garnish with a fresh slice of papaya.