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:
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.
Now go enjoy with some tacos and guacamole!