Three Perfect Drinks



Three Perfect Drinks from Salsa! by Sharon O'Connor

From Salsa! by Sharon O'Connor

Michelada

This refreshing version of michelada uses sangria, a spicy citrus and tomato-based drink traditionally served with tequila shots.

  • Salt for rimming glasses or mugs
  • 3 lime wedges
  • 1/4 cup tomato juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or 4 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
  • Two 12-ounce beers, chilled

1. Refridgerate 2 glasses or mugs until chilled. Spread salt on a small plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of each glass and dip the rim into the salt.

2. Add all the remaining ingredients except the beer to a cocktail shaker, shake briefly, and divide between glasses or mugs. Top with beer and garnish each glass with a lime wedge.

Makes 2 drinks

Classic Margarita

Balancing sweet and sour notes, this margarita is a great match for boldly flavored food.

  • Salt for rimming glass
  • 1 lime wedge, plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
  • 3/4 ounce Grand Marnier or Cointreau liqueur
  • Lime slice and orange wedge for garnish

1. Refridgerate an old-fashioned glass until chilled. Spread salt on a small plate. Run the lime wedge around the rim of the glass and dip the rim into the salt.

2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the ice, lime juice, tequila, and liqueur. Shake well and strain into the glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a slice of a lime and an orange wedge and enjoy

Makes 1 drink

Classic Mojito

This traditional minty Cuban drink has become a worldwide favorite.

  • 6 to 8 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 or 4 lime wedges
  • 1 tablespoon powered sugar, or more to taste
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • Ice cubes
  • Club soda
  • Fresh mint sprig or thin sugarcane stick for garnish (optional)
  • Two 12-ounce beers, chilled

1. In a tall Collins glass, mash the mint and lime wedges together with a muddler or the blunt end of a wooden spoon for 1 minute, or until the mint aroma is released. Stir in the sugar and rum

2. Fill the glass with ice cubes, top with club soda, and stir the drink one last time. Garnish with a mint sprig or sugar can stick.

Makes 1 drink