Mexican Inspired Cocktails from CHOW

The weekend is here and I am ready to unwind. For some of us (and I mean me) that includes enjoying a cocktail, or two! Check out these Mexican inspired cocktail recipes that I found on chow.com. The only problem will be deciding which two to make!

Tamarindo Borracho

Total: Under 5 mins, Active: Under 5 mins, Makes: 1 drink

By Amy Wisniewski
Sometimes a shot of tequila needs more than a lime wedge and some salt to spiff it up; mix in a little spicy syrup when you want an extra kick.
  1. Place tequila and syrup in a cocktail shaker, fill halfway with ice, and shake until well chilled, about 10 seconds. Pour into a rocks glass, squeeze lime wedge over top, and serve.

Spiked Pineapple Agua Fresca

Total: 5 mins, Active: 5 mins, Makes: 8 drinks

By Aida Mollenkamp
An agua fresca is nothing more than fruit blended with sugar, water, and a squeeze of citrus; this refreshing drink is served everywhere from street carts to restaurants throughout Mexico. By replacing the water with rum, we’ve created a cocktail that throws you into vacation mode with just one sip.
  • 3 pounds pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks
  • 2 cups white rum
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons lime juice, from 2 medium limes
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth (you will have to do this in batches). Transfer agua fresca to a large pitcher or punch bowl.
  2. Chill until ready to drink. Serve over ice.

La Pinela

Total: Under 5 mins, Active: Under 5 mins, Makes: 1 drink

Rosa Mexicano’s La Pinela pairs cinnamon-sugar with pineapple and tequila.
What to buy: Rosa Mexicano uses Milagro Silver Tequila, though you could substitute any 100 percent agave silver tequila.
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Limewedge for rimming the glass
  • 3 parts silver tequila
  • 3 parts pineapple juice
  • 1 part Licor 43
  • 1 part freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Dash Cinnamon Syrup
  1. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl; transfer to a shallow dish and set aside.
  2. Rim a glass with lime wedge, then dip in cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, shake remaining ingredients and pour over ice into the sugar-rimmed glass.

Squirrel Horchata

Total: Under 5 mins, Active: Under 5 minsMakes: 1 drink

By Amy Wisniewski
Horchata may seem a strange mate for alcohol, but its nutty, citrusy base is a perfect vehicle for a Squirrel Sour cocktail (a base spirit, lemon, or lime juice, and a nut-flavored liqueur). Although there’s no lime included in this recipe, the horchata itself has enough lime in it to qualify this cocktail as a Squirrel Sour variation.
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces Horchata
  • 1 1/2 ounces aged dark rum
  • 1/2 ounce Frangelico
  • 1 swizzle stick
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice and add remaining ingredients. Stir vigorously with a barspoon until chilled. Pour into a rocks glass, and serve with a swizzle stick.

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