The Mexican martini is a sweet, heavy, milky green-colored concoction that enjoys extreme popularity in the southeastern United States. It's easy to see why when you consider that this drink is suited to a variety of tastes. If you're in the mood to party, try this martini with friends.
Making a Mexican Martini
Similar to a margarita, a Mexican martini combines some of the finest south of the border ingredients, such as tequila, triple sec and a splash of citrus. Each ingredient is explained below.
White or Silver Tequila
Tequila is the first ingredient you'll need in this Mexican cocktail. Although any tequila will work just fine, people with more complex tastes will opt for a more expensive tequila since the flavor truly shines when it's surrounded by the other ingredients.
Patron is a good choice, and Corza or Cabo Wabo will definitely be crowd pleasers. Some prefer 1800s. Whatever the tequila, make sure it is a silver or a white (which are not aged) as opposed to an anejo tequila which, while extremely tasty, is not the best for mixing.
Triple Sec Liqueur
A triple sec liqueur is an orange bitter that is literally made from the peel of bitter oranges. Often used as an aperitif (a drink to whet the appetite before a meal) or a digestif (a drink that aids digestion following a meal), a triple sec liqueur mixes well with tequila and is an essential ingredient of the Mexican martini. Cointreau is one of the more popular brands out there and is perfectly suitable for the Mexican, although some prefer Grand Marnier. You can also try non-alcoholic triple sec, although it will result in a slightly different tasting drink. The best triple sec liqueurs are made with brandy or cognac, but depending on your budget, you might want to opt for a cheaper choice.
Sour mix, or sweet and sour mix, is really just a combination of lemon juice and sugar. Daily's and Rose's make sour mixes that you'll be able to find at nearly any store that stocks beverages, from a liquor store to the local supermarket. If you don't have sour mix, you can make your own by adding two tablespoons of sugar to one cup of lemon juice and mixing well.
Lime and Orange Juice
Both lime juice and orange juice are required in this recipe. While you might prefer to use more expensive liquors, don't worry about buying expensive juice. Whatever you've got around the house will work just fine.
There's no need to be fancy here, either. Few will be able to tell whether you used a store brand or a name brand soda.
Mix the Drink
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add to it two ounces of tequila, an ounce and a half of triple sec, two ounces of sour mix, two ounces of orange juice, one ounce of lime juice, and just a splash of lemon-lime soda.
Shake the ingredients together vigorously. If you don't have a cocktail shaker, you can simply use a couple of glasses, but be sure not to spill the ingredients. Strain all of these ingredients into a martini glass and serve.
Customizing Your Martini
Some individuals believe that using straight lime juice instead of sour mix works much better. Others believe a "true" Mexican martini must have a splash of olive juice. More still will claim that a Mexican martini must be served with speared olives only - no lemon or lime on the side.
Increasing or decreasing the level of lemon-lime soda, adding an extra bit of Cointreau and skimping a bit on the orange juice are all common variations to this drink. If the basic ingredients are there, the variations are endless. Try experimenting as you like, and see which one tastes best to you.