To be sure, the margarita has its place in the hearts and stomachs of the world. It’s a classically delicious adult beverage that can be prepared and enjoyed in a number of ways. However, the margarita is not the only Mexican alcoholic beverage. It’s my favorite, but sometimes I like to adventure and try new drinks when we’re out or even hosting a party! If you’re in the mood to try something new with a Latin flare, consider the following cocktails.
This bright red cocktail gets its name from the word ‘sangre,’ Spanish for blood. It is usually made with red wine.
- 3 fl oz red wine
- 2 fl oz Spanish brandy
- 1 fl oz orange juice
- ice cubes
- soda water to top up
- 1 slice of orange or lime
- Pour red wine, brandy and orange juice over ice cubes in an eight ounce highball glass. Stir well to mix.
- Top with soda water and serve garnished with a slice of orange or lime.
Tequila Sunrise W
hile it was originally created in Arizona, this drink quickly became a favorite. There are actually more than ten different versions of the original, which was reportedly created in the 1930’s.
- 2 fl oz tequila
- 4 fl oz fresh orange juice
- 2 teaspoons grenadine
- ice cubes
- 1 slice of orange
- Pour the tequila and orange juice into a cocktail shaker along with ice cubes. Shake well to mix.
- Strain the mixture over ice cubes and pour into an eight ounce highball glass.
- Add the grenadine slowly by tilting the glass such that it goes to the bottom of the glass. It’ll look like a sunrise as the red grenadine gradually rises through the orange liquid.
- Garnish with slice of orange and serve.
Translated it means strained pineapple. This cocktail originated in Puerto Rico in 1954 and has since gone onto fame including a mention in a 1970’s song by Rupert Holmes.
- 3 fl oz light rum
- 3 tablespoons coconut milk or coconut cream
- 3 tablespoons crushed pineapple
- 2 cups crushed ice
- 2 wedges of pineapple
- Blend the rum, coconut milk, crushed ice, and crushed pineapple on high for a few seconds. Be careful not to blend too long or you’ll end up with a smoothie.
- Strain the mixture into a fourteen ounce Collins glass and adorn with pineapple wedges.
These are just three of the many fun and interesting adult beverages you can make. If you’re looking to have a Mexican or Latin themed party, consider adding all of them to your cocktail menu. And of course, don’t forget the margaritas!