Cinco de Derby

Last week it seemed whatever blog or lifestyle news site I went to was imploring me to make a decision: Pick one to celebrate – the Kentucky Derby or Cinco de Mayo.

Sweet interwebs, why must I choose?! Can’t a girl have it all??

Indeed dear readers, we can!

The traditional drink for the Kentucky Derby is a mint julep. And Mexico’s most famous exported alcohol is, of course, tequila! So what do you get when you mix the two? Well, I propose this:

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The Añejo Smash

 This recipe comes to us from Imbibe Magazine, which claims the recipe was featured at a Manhattan mexican place called Viktor & Spoils (no longer open). Although the original recipe calls for Grand Marnier, I only had Cointreau on hand, and I found it to be a perfectly suitable alternative. Cheers, friends!

1.5 oz. añejo tequila (I used Espolón)

.5 oz. Cointreau

.75 oz. agave syrup

6 fresh mint leaves

4 lemon wedges

Combine all ingredients and shake vigorously on ice until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass that has been filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig.

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Now go enjoy with some tacos and guacamole!

 

 

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