Texas is just too big to be held to one cocktail. On Tuesday we saw the amazing Jamie introduce us to the
and today we have:
The Lady Bird
Hi! I'm Meredith from Houston based event styling & design company, Cake & Confetti. I'm a Texas girl through and through so I was thrilled to mix up a Lonestar State inspired cocktail for 5 O'Clock Fashionistas!
I went to college in Austin (hook'em!) and while a lot has changed in the city since then, the high caliber of Tex-Mex restaurants hasn't changed a bit. The Mexican Martini is a staple at the majority of the iconic Austin spots, and I definitely drank my fair share when I lived there. If you've never made your way to Austin and wondering what a Mexican Martini is, think margarita flavors but is served with a full shaker on the side which is probably why I love them so much but also the reason for a two drink maximum.
In my opinion, a Mexican Martini isn't a drink you can find many places outside the great state so I would definitely consider it a signature Texas cocktail. I decided to put my own twist on the recipe by using the Texas state fruit, ruby red grapefruit instead of orange juice and flavored sparkling water instead of sprite so you can control the sweetness. Since it's not technically a Mexican Martini, I named this The Lady Bird after First Lady Johnson who graduated from my alma mater and the namesake to Austin's Town Lake. You came for the cocktail recipe, but the history lesson was an added bonus. :)
The Lady Bird:
1 oz. Tequila
1 1/2 oz. Orange flavored liqueur (I used Patron Orange but Grand Marnier or Cointreau would work)
2 oz. Red Grapefruit Juice
1 oz. Fresh squeezed lime juice
1/4 oz. simple syrup or agave nectar
A splash of lime flavored sparkling water
Before you squeeze the juice out of the lime, use a microplane to zest the lime onto a small plate and set aside for the rim.
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Give it a good shake so the syrup is well mixed and it's contents are nice and chilled.
For the rim, combine the following on a small plate:
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 zest of lime
Rub the leftover lime around the rim of the glass so it's wet enough for the rimming mixture to stick to the glass. Pour the mixture into the glass and enjoy!
In true Austin fashion, when your glass is almost empty refill with the remaining shaker contents.
*The cocktail isn't supposed to be super sweet (and is pretty low in calories) but the sugary rim helps cut the tart citrus flavors. If you prefer a sweeter drink, add additional simple syrup or agave.