Monday, April 28, 2014

Cinco De Mayo Week -- Mexican Martini

So far, when friends and family have visited me in my new home of Austin, Texas, this is the first thing they say:

"Wow! I didn't realize it was so GREEN here!"

I understand. I, too, was expecting Texas to look more like this:

And less like this:

Or this:

Or this:

In reality, Austin is pretty green. I can't quite speak for other parts of the state, and I'm sure it gets a bit desert-ish, but at first glance it looks a whole lot like New England. In some parts, anyway. Then you realize all the lawns look like patchwork quilts because they get their grass installed instead of planted–this is something that amuses me to no end, though I'm sure I'll get used to it in time.

Anyways, I had a whole bunch of dear friends visit over the past week and it was just a wonderful time. I LOVE showing my friends my new city, and it gives me an excuse to wander around parts I might not have tried myself. For example, that first picture is of me at Enchanted Rock. A leisurely "half mile hike" that nobody told me was half a mile STRAIGHT UP. Note my outfit. It was not the ideal hiking getup.

I am in blue. I am also feeling like I want to die.

Anyways, there's a pretty big holiday coming up for my new little city: Cinco De Mayo. I usually throw a recipe or two on the blog to celebrate, but it was only because it's kind of a "food holiday" not necessarily because it meant anything to me.

Now that I'm a Southerner (or will be, in time), I suppose it's my new St. Patrick's Day. An excuse to cook, drink, and hopefully give me an excuse to research the history of it a bit more. I'm sure this weekend is going to be a little nuts with all the celebration. A cursory glance at Wikipedia assures me that Tex-Mex is okay recipe-wise, since it's become more of a Mexican American Holiday. Not Mexican independence, since that is another date altogether.

And I'm not going to pretend I know more more than that.

I figured I'd start off the week of recipes with a drink. The Mexican Martini is a wonderful beverage that is a staple at every Tex-Mex restaurant in town. It's like a martini and a margarita had an incredible love child–the punch of liquor you'd expect from a martini, with the flavors of a margarita with a hint of briny olive. It's seriously delicious and a great drink to sip on the porch.

Mexican Martini
(recipe adapted from Texas Monthly)
3 oz tequila 
1.5 oz orange liquer (I used Triple Sec)
1.5 oz lime juice 
.5 ounce green-olive brine
.5 oz orange juice 
Orange wedge for garnish (I used a clementine)

-Shake over ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with lime or orange slice. 

My pictures are a little better this year but if you want to see my past Cinco De Mayo recipes, check it out:
-Year 1 of QLCC (omg these pictures SUCK)
-Year 2 of QLCC (getting better but pretty awful still)
-Year 3 of the QLCC (still not the best but not laughable!)
-Year 4... well, just keep your eyes peeled ;)

Kind of fun to see how much I've grown, actually!


  1. This looks so delish! THanks for sharing (And I'm oh so jealous that you're a southerner.) I'm totally Southerner trapped in a Canadians body.

  2. Two things. 1.) olive brine and oranges?! I am intrigued. Will be trying this for sure. 2.) so funny you should mention the "green" in Austin because I just read this essay today (, and it had me belly laughing all morning. Obviously you're on different sides of the Texas-loving fence. But I love, love your positivity. You make me want to visit Austin sooner rather than later :)

    1. I've yet to TRULY experience a summer--my first visit here was 110 degrees for a whole week but it wasn't the humid heat. EVERYONE tells me "just wait for the summer..." But Austin IS green, though maybe not as "lush" as the Northeast. I just love the warmth, lack of winters, and how artsy and fun Austin is. I can't speak for the rest of the state, but I'm loving it here. I suppose that could change over time, but for now, I'm happy :)

    2. Oh and yes, the olive brine compliments the flavors PERFECTLY, do try it! And also visit Austin! And look me up when you do :)