I kind of figured St. Patrick’s Day was fast approaching when I had to sidestep a pile of vomit en route to my local coffee shop. It was vibrant green, like liquid Kryptonite. I thought this variation in puke color added a nice festive touch to the whole affair. After purchasing my usual coffee and milk, I made a mental note to avoid green beer this year. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with the drink itself. Generations of people have been happily getting drunk off of the emerald colored beverage. I just haven’t developed a palette for FD&C Green Dye #3 yet. Maybe in a few years. It’s probably an acquired taste.
For those of you who aren’t a big fan of food dyes either, here’s the drink I use to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with. It’s green. It gets you tipsy. It’s the Mexican Martini. Nothing screams “Irish Holiday” like some good ole Mexican Martini. This drink is sort of like a margarita but better. Let me explain. The history of this martini is somewhat hazy. Like all stories that take place in a bar, the beginning is a bit fuzzy and no one seems to remember much in the end. But most agree that it was invented in Austin, Texas in the 1970′s. Or maybe it was the 80′s. I’m just going to go with the 70′s on this one since they had better hair than the next decade. Simply put, the Mexican Martini has been a proud sponsor of random-bar-hook-ups in Austin for the past four decades. That’s pretty impressive.
Unlike other city-centric drinks like the Manhattan or Singapore Sling, the Mexican Martini failed to adopt the name of its city of origin and is almost unheard of outside of Austin. So, when I’m in Seattle and feeling homesick for Austin, I make this drink. Then I sip it slowly by the heater while wearing sunglasses and pretending that it’s 95 degrees and sunny outside. It works pretty well until my fiancé comes into the room and asks me why I have the heater on so high.
Mexican Martini Ingredients:
- 2 ounces of tequila
- 1.5 ounces of Grand Marnier (or another orange liqueur)
- 2 ounces of sweet and sour mix (the recipe for it is below this one)
- 1 ounce lime/lemon juice
- 1 ounce fresh orange juice
- Splash of lemon/lime soda
- Salt for the rim
- For the lemon/lime soda, go with Sprite if you just can’t get enough of that high fructose corn syrup flavor. I, myself, prefer DRY Soda in Wild Lime flavor. It has four ingredients, is all natural and contains fewer calories than a regular soda. You’ll find it in the aisle where the hemp shoes wearing people are milling around in. Say “Hello” to my fiancé while you’re there, will you?
- The jalapeño stuffed olives are the best for this recipe, if you like spicy. But get whatever kind you like. I picked up some super green ones with stems attached from Whore Foods…er, Whole Foods.
- Your drink will taste better if you make your own sweet and sour mix. Trust me.
Sweet & Sour Mix:
- Dissolve 1 cup of sugar in 1 cup of water
- Mix it with 1 cup of lime juice and 1 cup of lemon juice
- Pour all of the liquids into an ice filled shaker. Shake.
- Rim a martini glass with salt.
- Pour drink into glassware and serve with a few olives.
I should also mention that you can serve it “Nascar Style”. That’s when you forgo the pretentiousness of glassware and drink it straight out of the shaker, through a straw. It is a Texas drink, after all. Don’t worry. We carded the dog beforehand. We know the rules.