Tracks On The Rocks #3 - Mexico
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Jul 19, 2021
26 November 2020
For the third episode of Tracks On The Rocks, we’re continuing our tour of Latin America by taking you to Mexico. ¡Ay, caramba!
Fresh, bursting flavors and classic tunes are on the menu, perfect for oceanside sipping. So hurry up, pack your bags and meet us at the nearest beach bar.
Let’s get started!
Margarita – Los Lobos: La Bamba
The classic and timeless Margarita balances tequila, triple sec and lime for a delicious citrus treat. One of the most sure-fire ways to get you in festive spirits, just like the essence of Mexican fiesta in a song : La Bamba.
Suggested proportions are 2 oz blanco tequila to 1 oz triple sec and 1 oz lime juice, but you can tweak these to suit your taste. Shake with ice and serve in a salt-rimmed glass with a lime wedge. The beauty of this recipe is that you can mix it up by switching the triple sec for a different fruit-flavored liqueur, or by changing your fruit juice from lime to something else.
Paloma – Consuelo Velazquez: Besame Mucho
This beautiful bolero is considered one of the most popular songs of the 20th century and of all times. It is also one of the most important hymns in the history of Latin music and the most recorded and covered song in Spanish of all time. Its perfect drink match? The Paloma, arguably Mexico‘s most beloved tequila-based cocktail: a crisp, sparkling and invigorating concoction made with a combination of sharp grapefruit, smooth, reposado tequila and ice cold soda to add a touch of effervescence.
Combine 2 oz tequila, 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice, ½ oz lime juice, and ¼ oz simple syrup or agave nectar in a chilled highball glass. Stir well and add ice. Top with soda water and adjust sweetness to taste. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!
Michelada – Oye Como Va – Carlos Santana
Even though this iconic Latin music track was originally recorded in 1963 by mambo and Latin Jazz musician Tito Puente (an American of Puerto Rican descent), Oye Como Va is most strongly associated with the energetic 1970 version recorded by the legendary Mexican-born guitarist Carlos Santana, which truly gave the song its worldwide appeal. Best combined with an ice cold Michelada, a tried and true summer classic — it really doesn’t get more refreshing than this.
Rub a lime wedge along the rim of a highball glass and dip into a mix of salt and cayenne pepper. Fill the glass with ice cubes. Add 5 parts beer, ⅓ part hot sauce, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce and 1⅓ parts lime juice. Finish with 1 pinch celery salt and 1 pinch ground black pepper. Garnish with lime.