One of the coolest things to come out of this extended time we’ve spent at home has been being able to experiment with making new dishes and drinks. While some of our favorite places were closed for a while, we leaned in and tried our hand at making some of our favorite drinks at home. So today, I’m sharing some of our favorite drinks to make at home and some that are on our list to try.
The first on the list, and one of the first ones we made this summer, is the Mangonada. This is a mango smoothie that’s sweet, sour and salty all at the same time and it is simply delicious. You will need:
- 5 ripe mangos peeled and de-seeded
- 2-4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup mango nectar or water
- 2 cups ice
- juice of 1 lime
- Tamarind candy stick
- Chamoy (the last three can be found in the Hispanic food aisle of most grocery stores)
Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Next, sprinkle Tajin on a small plate and take the used lime and rub it around the rims of the cups, then dip the rim of each cup into the Tajin. Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of Chamoy into the bottom of each cup and pour the mango purée in. Top with more Chamoy and Tajin and garnish with the tamarind candy stick. Add about ¾ of silver tequila or rum to make this a delicious adult drink.
This next recipe comes to us from Maker’s Mark, and it’s a well-known drink that you will enjoy – both making it and drinking it: the Old Fashioned.
The ingredients you will need are:
- 1-1/2 parts Maker’s Mark Bourbon
- Splash of water
- 2 dashes Angostura® Bitters
- 1 tsp. sugar
- Orange peel
- Cherry for garnish
To make this classic cocktail, dissolve or muddle sugar with a splash of water in an Old Fashioned glass. Fill glass 3/4 full of ice, add Maker’s Mark and bitters, and stir. Finally, garnish with orange peel and cherry.
For more recipes from Maker’s Mark, visit their website.
When we talk about making drinks at home, we cannot forget margaritas. While there is a long list of different margaritas, the classic lime margarita is hard to beat. Our classic margarita recipe comes from Jose Cuervo.
- 2 parts Jose Cuervo Especial® Silver
- 1 part fresh lime juice
- 1 part triple sec
- Lime for garnish
- Salt for rim
In a cocktail shaker add the ice, tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice and shake well. Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and then dip the glass into the salt. Add ice to the glass and strain in the drink from the shaker. Garnish the glass with the lime wedge, and you are done!