Recipe:Mexican Martini

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If you've ever been to Austin Texas, and have even the faintest clue what life is about, you've had one of these. If you ever travel to Austin, go to a Tex-Mex restaurant called Trudy's and order one.


  • 2 shots of tequila - and I'm talking good tequila here. If you're thinking "Great I have a bottle of Cuervo right here..." then you know nothing about good tequila. Conversely, I don't recommend dusting off your finest reposado or añejo (as their subtlety will get lost in this enchanting potion) but definitely use a decent sipping tequila. 100% blue agave is a must and is non-negotiable.
  • 1 shot of Cointreau liqueur - Grand Marnier also makes for a tasty alternative but most other orange liqeurs are suitable.
  • 1-2 shots of Sprite - or 7Up or any similar lemon-lime flavored soda.
  • 1 shot of orange juice - I like to use the pulp-free kind because I don't like chewing my drinks.
  • 1 shot of fresh lime juice
  • Coarse salt - for rimming the glass.
  • Splash of olive-brine - the mystery juice that the olives swim in.
  • Green olives
  • Lime wedge


  1. Pour the tequila, Cointreau, soda, and juices into a drink shaker and... shake. Don't get all crazy with the shaking, just give it 2-3 good shakes to blend the ingredients.
  2. Line the rim of a large martini glass with salt, as you would do with a margarita. Obviously, if you're not a fan of salt, you can skip this step.
  3. Pour cocktail into glass and garnish with a couple of olives and a wedge of lime.
  4. Enjoy!