The lime shortage is driving up prices and threatening to cause problems for Cinco de Mayo celebrants hoping to make the perfect margarita, but other Mexican cocktails may satisfy their thirst while using less of the in-demand fruit, writes Douglass Miller, associate professor in hospitality and service management at the CIA. A simple tequila sunrise made with high-quality tequila, orange juice and grenadine is fun and festive. Sangrita, a concoction of orange juice, lime juice, grenadine and a pinch of chili powder, can be served alongside a shot of tequila.
Guadalajara, in Mexico's west central highlands, is famous for its cowboys (charros) and its tequila. And it is here that a visitor from the states discovered the world's best margarita while wandering El Parián, a festive city block in Guadalajara where revelers enjoy good times late into the night at casual cafes. Whether you prefer a salted or unsalted glass rim is a matter of personal preference, but never use a bottled mix or a blender for this recipe. Read more.
The margarita has earned its place as a classic cocktail, but it's time to embrace a few twists on the standard recipe. Traditionalists who don't want to stray too far from the standard version margarita can try a new recipe that offers a subtle twist in the form of a lemon-lime-sugar addition. Adventurous drinkers looking to punch up their cocktail can try a recipe that starts with the classic mix, but adds muddled jalapeno for some heat. Read more.
The Meyer lemon, celebrated for its vibrant flavor and acidity lower than that of standard lemons, is a fresh addition to margaritas. Rick Bayless' newest book includes a recipe for margaritas in which the tequila has been infused with the zest of Meyer lemons for four days.
Mexican ice pops, called paletas, can be sweet or savory, with ingredients including tamarind with chili, cucumber with lime, salted plum, rose petal, hibiscus tea and even tequila. Several recipes are included.